The Board of Directors for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) has announced that Lisa Lazarus will serve as the body's Chief Executive Officer effective Feb. 15, 2022. Lazarus will oversee the implementation of the racetrack safety program July 1, 2022, engage a best-in-class independent enforcement agency to oversee the Authority's Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) program, and work with stakeholders across the U.S. to evaluate and improve both programs on an ongoing basis.
Lazarus established and leads the Equestrian Practice at Morgan Sports Law, where she provides counsel on health and safety issues and rule compliance in addition to representing athletes, owners and trainers in disputes before national and international governing bodies. Prior to joining Morgan Sports Law, she served as General Counsel and later Chief of Business Development & Strategy at the Federation Equestre Internationale, the international governing body for equestrian sports. Prior to her focus on the equine sporting industry, Lazarus spent a decade at the National Football League where she served as the league's Labor Relations Counsel, representing the NFL's 32-member clubs in collective bargaining issues and in contested arbitrations, including anti-doping enforcement matters. She then became Senior Legal Counsel before taking the role of Senior Director of Partner Development for NFL International at their headquarters in London, England. Lazarus began her legal career working as an associate at Akin Gump for four years after graduating from Fordham University School of Law and clerking for a Federal District Court Judge in Memphis, TN.
“We are thrilled to have Lisa on board as we approach HISA's program effective date in six short months” said Charles Scheeler, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Her deep background in sports business and law will be on full display as she leads the racing industry into a new, safer era of clean competition under uniform rules and regulations.”
Added Lazarus: “I look forward to working with the impressive and diverse array of independent and industry experts at HISA to make racing safer and fairer for all. As someone who has worked with the industry over the course of my career, and as a horse lover, I'm honored to be taking on this role.”