Nesa Hassanein graduated in 1976 from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. She enrolled in law school at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City and graduated cum laude in 1982. She recently completed a forty-hour course for mediators at Pepperdine University.
Following law school, Ms. Hassanein joined the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where she was a member of the corporate department. She remained with the firm for more than nine years and then moved to Denver, Colorado with her family. Upon moving to Denver, Ms. Hassanein joined the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, PC as a shareholder and started their corporate department which grew significantly while she was there and continues to thrive today. She then became a partner in the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster LP.
While in private practice in Denver, Ms. Hassanein represented what was then only a small regional retail sporting goods company, Gart Sports. When the company went public, Ms. Hassanein was invited to go in-house as the company's lawyer. Ms. Hassanein joined Gart Sports in July 1998 as Vice President and Corporate Counsel, and was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in June 2000. Ms. Hassanein became Executive Vice President of The Sports Authority, Inc., the successor to Gart Sports, in August 2003, in addition to her role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, which she held since June 2000. As a key member of the management team and its Chief Legal Officer, Ms. Hassanein led the company through two major acquisitions, one “merger of equals”, public offerings and a “going private” transaction. Today, The Sports Authority is a national sporting goods retail chain that operates approximately 450 stores in 45 states and has annual net revenues in excess of $2.5 billion.
In addition, Ms Hassanein spends a significant amount of her time serving on Boards of charitable organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Variety Children's Lifeline.
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