“I keep telling Vince McMahon that I want to retire”

WWE historic attorney Jerry McDevitt talks about his relationship with Vince McMahon.

He represents WWE in the courts of law. His name: Jerry McDevitt. The lawyer has been representing WWE for thirty-five years now.

McDevitt notably defended Vince McMahon during the trial of steroids or more recently that during which a long list of wrestlers claimed compensation in the lawsuit against WWE for concussions. However, soon to be 72 years old, the lawyer is thinking strongly about retirement. This is what he confesses to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

WWE is a big customer, but I have other customers. (…) I will be 72 this month, so I tried to slow down as I approach retirement. Nevertheless, due to my long-standing relationship with WWE, I continue to represent them, even though I keep telling Vince [McMahon] that I want to retire.

Today, most relationships between lawyers and publicly traded companies are advisory relationships. Outside counsel work with the company’s general counsel and never with the CEO or chairman of the board. I am directly in contact with Vince McMahon. This has always been the case. It will always be so. In today’s legal landscape, it’s a unique relationship for an outside attorney to have that kind of direct relationship.

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In addition to defending WWE itself, McDevitt also acted as a talent attorney for Vince McMahon’s promotion such as Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. In 1987, when the latter was apprehended by the FBI after fighting with a US Air steward on a background of alcohol during a flight. Neidhart got away with a $200,000 fine. Subsequently, the Chairman took care to keep in touch with the lawyer.

The lawyer should again represent WWE in the lawsuit brought by MLW which accuses the Stamford company of using unfair practices to maintain its monopoly on the wrestling market.


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