The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday the addition of Brandon Etheridge, who has been hired as the organization's general counsel.
Etheridge, 31, most recently worked for the NFL Management Council in New York City, where he provided counsel to many NFL team executives on a wide variety of issues regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement, including player contracts, discipline and healthcare. Etheridge also represented teams in arbitration proceedings and advised on legal issues related to employment.
Prior to his time at the NFL, the Maryland native worked for the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., from 2011-14. While there, he represented numerous clients in the sports industry, including the NFL.
A member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations, Etheridge earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University, where he was also a two-time varsity letterman as an outside linebacker/defensive end on the Bulldogs' football team. Etheridge then attended Harvard Law School, where he earned his J.D. in the spring of 2011.
Etheridge was born in Baltimore and raised in Maryland's Prince George's and Howard Counties. For much of his youth (grades 4 through 12), he attended the McDonogh School, which is located just a few miles from the Ravens' Owings Mills training facility.
"We are delighted to have Brandon join us as general counsel," Ravens president Dick Cass stated. "He will play a prominent role for the Ravens and, with his long and close ties to the Baltimore area, will play an important role for us in our community as well."
In 2014, Etheridge was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list as one of the "Sports World's Brightest Young Stars." An active member in giving back to his community, Etheridge sits on the board of Up2Us Sports, a national non-profit based in New York City that vets, hires and trains highly-motivated coaches and places them in youth sports organizations in disadvantaged communities. Etheridge also sits on the board of the McDonogh School Alumni Association.
"As a native Marylander, born in Baltimore City and raised in its suburbs, I could not be more excited to join my hometown team," Etheridge stated. "While at the NFL, I had the privilege of working with many members of the Ravens' front office staff whom I now have the privilege of calling colleagues.
"I was always impressed by their professionalism, humility, passion and dedication not only to building and maintaining a winning team on the field, but also to serving the greater Baltimore community off the field. I truly believe the Ravens organization is one of professional sports' model franchises, and I am honored to join the team and get to work with my new colleagues."