Playing the In-House Game with Ellen Zavian

Cockpit Counsel

Playing the In-House Game with Ellen Zavian



In this episode of Cockpit Counsel, Tim Parilla sits down with Ellen Zavian, GC at USA Lacrosse. Ellen takes us on a journey through her remarkable career. From being the first female NFL agent to her pivotal role in bringing break dancing to the Paris 2024 Olympics/2018 Youth Olympics to working in-house at USA Lacrosse. Get ready to be inspired!

Key takeaways

  • The importance of fairness and fighting for the underdog 
  • Transitioning in-house with a  business background 
  • How to build trust through listening and answering questions
  • And more! 


  • 00:44 What is your pre-flight ritual?
  • 04:13 Ellen’s career path
  • 10:41 How did you begin your career in player agency?
  • 15:30 How did your business school education and background help you transition into your career as a lawyer and entrepreneur?
  • 20:51 Can you share a bit about your experience as a professor and a content creator?
  • 23:40 What does a typical day look like for you? Do you have any time management tips?
  • 25:10 How do you think technology is changing the role of legal professionals?
  • 26:41 What is the number one thing that you look for when hiring somebody?
  • 29:12 A final tip for those looking to transition in-house


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Tim ParillaChief Legal Officer, LinkSquares
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Ellen ZavianGeneral Counsel, USA Lacrosse

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