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Vegas Golden Knights Use Legal, Fast-Food Ties to Find New CLO

March 2, 2021, 10:06 PM

The National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights have hired Charles “Chip” Seigel III as their new chief legal officer.

“Chip brings significant legal experience across many disciplines and is a welcome addition to our organization,” said Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz in a March 1 statement announcing Seigel’s hire by the franchise, which reached the Stanley Cup Finals in its first season of play in 2017-18.

Bubolz called Seigel a “great legal mind” and “huge hockey fan,” attributes that will presumably help as he joins a club sitting in first place in the NHL’s Western Division.

Seigel comes from Qdoba Restaurant Corp., a fast-casual dining chain known for its Mexican-style cuisine. Qdoba hired Seigel to be its legal chief in early 2018, shortly after private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC paid $305 million in cash to buy the San Diego-based company from former parent Jack in the Box Inc.

Ryan Evans, a former corporate counsel at Jack in the Box who has spent the past three years as an assistant general counsel at Qdoba, told Bloomberg Law in an email Tuesday that he’s taken over from his now former boss as Qdoba’s top lawyer.

Seigel was unavailable for immediate comment about his decision to leave Qdoba for the Golden Knights, where he will succeed former general counsel Tamara Daniels, who has joined the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Hornets.

The Michael Jordan-owned team hired Daniels in January to replace Joseph Pierce, who was hired last year to be general counsel for the group that owns the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons.

Daniels joined the Golden Knights in 2017, having previously been general counsel for Foley Family Wines and an associate counsel at Fidelity National Financial Inc., entities owned by former Phoenix lawyer-turned-billionaire William Foley II.

Foley, a veteran dealmaker, is the controlling owner in a group that paid a $500 million expansion fee in 2016 to put an NHL team in Las Vegas. Foley is also a former chairman and CEO of CKE Restaurants Holding Inc., owner of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurant chains, where Seigel spent over a dozen years and served as legal chief.

Seigel’s late father, St. Louis lawyer Charles Seigel, previously worked in private practice with Andrew Puzder, who stepped down as CEO of CKE in 2017 after an unsuccessful nomination to lead the Labor Department.

Shift Change

The Golden Knights, which since their inception have also employed former Latham & Watkins associate Andrew Lugerner as director of hockey legal affairs, aren’t the only NHL team switching up their legal talent.

Bloomberg Law reported last year on the Seattle Kraken naming two new lawyers as the expansion team prepares to take the ice for the NHL’s 2021-22 season.

The Carolina Hurricanes hired a new general counsel last year in Nigel Wheeler, a former real estate associate at Bracewell in Dallas, while the San Jose Sharks parted ways with co-president John Tortora, who had joined the team in 2011 as general counsel. Tortora officially left the Sharks in June.

Ahron Cohen, a former chief legal officer-turned-president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes, left that NHL franchise last May. He became a partner in February at a sports investment firm in February.

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