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Nona Lee

NonaLeeNona Lee, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Nona Lee begins her 14th season with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Vice President & General Counsel in January 2010. Lee has served as Vice President & General Counsel since 2005, overseeing all legal issues for the organization. Before dedicating her time solely to the D-backs, she served as Associate General Counsel (2000-04) and Vice President and Associate General Counsel (2004-05) for the Phoenix Suns, D-backs, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, Chase Field, US Airways Center and the Dodge Theater.

Prior to joining the sports industry, Lee had a brief stint as a corporate associate at Gallagher & Kennedy, specializing in corporate transactions and securities, after having worked as a litigator for Meyer Hendricks, specializing in commercial litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice, from 1995-99. Lee received her Juris Doctor in 1995 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude after spending time as a paralegal for a sole practitioner in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Before studying law, Lee worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California, holding a variety of business support positions at Blair Television, KIIS FM and Radio & Records magazine.

Lee is also active in the community, serving as the founder and board member of the Phoenix Women's Sports Association, an Arizona non-profit organization whose mission is to help girls and women find their power through sports. In addition, she also has served on the board of the Women's Sports Foundation in New York, a non-profit organization founded by Billie Jean King that is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity and until late 2012, also served on the Board of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the mission of which is to "enrich our community through sports." She also serves on the board of the Sports Lawyers Association, a non-profit, international, professional organization whose common goal is the understanding, advancement and ethical practice of sports law. She received the YWCA of Maricopa County's Sports Leader Award in 2006, was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Women in Business honorees in 2007 and was an Athena Award honoree in 2008, received the Joyce Holsey Award of Excellence from the Black Women Lawyer's Association in 2009, and was recognized as one of the Arizona Foothills magazine's 2010 "Women Who Move the Valley." 

Lee played college basketball at Pepperdine, where she played guard for the Waves and was part of a team that compiled a 103-33 record and made three appearances in the AIAW Championships from 1978-81. After earning her undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Pepperdine, she was a graduate assistant for the women's basketball team from 1981-82 while working on her Master's degree in Broadcast Management.