Senior Law and Ethics Associate
Christopher Deubert joined the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics in May 2014 as a Senior Law and Policy Associate on the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. The Players Health Study is a transformative research initiative launched in February 2014 through an agreement between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and Harvard Medical School.
Chris plays an integral role in executing the Law and Ethics Initiative’s primary projects, including:
A qualitative research study that will catalogue the legal and ethical concerns of players and their families related to their health and wellbeing
A comparative legal and organizational policy analysis of various professional sports leagues to identify best practices in protecting player health and wellbeing
Development of an ethical framework and accountability structure for player health and wellbeing
Public conferences, events, and publications to facilitate discussion of law and ethics issues, and to solicit feedback from players and other stakeholders
He also works to identify additional priority projects and advise on legal and ethical issues that may arise in the clinical components of the Players Health Study.
Chris previously practiced commercial litigation, sports law, securities litigation and labor/employment litigation in New York City. Chris’ sports practice focused primarily on representing NFL players in league matters, including appeals under the NFL Drug and Steroid Policies, for Commissioner Discipline, internal investigations and related litigation. Chris also worked for Sportstars, Inc., one of the largest NFL-player representation firms, performing contract, statistical and legal analysis, and performed similar work during an internship with the New York Jets. In addition, Chris currently performs research on behalf of the Sports Lawyers Association. He has authored or co-authored several law review articles on the business and law of sports.
Chris graduated with a joint JD/MBA degree from Fordham University School of Law and Graduate School of Business in 2010, and a BS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2006.