Jill Pilgrim

Jill Pilgrim

Jill Pilgrim’s distinguished career includes decades of experience working in the sports business and corporate environments, serving as an attorney, trusted advisor, arbitrator, entrepreneur, law professor, international consultant, speaker, and published author in national legal academic and trade publications.

Pilgrim, a Precise Advisory Group co-founder, built a national reputation as a prominent sports and entertainment lawyer in private practice and leading in-house legal departments. While serving as general counsel of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Pilgrim rendered legal advice and handled matters ranging from corporate governance, dispute resolution, policy matters, protecting intellectual property rights, contractual relationships, and member services and eligibility. Pilgrim utilized her many years of Olympic sport drug testing expertise to assist the LPGA with the design and launch of professional golf’s first player drug-testing program in 2008.

Prior to joining the LPGA, she spent 33-plus years in the Olympic sports world: eight-and-a-half years as general counsel and director of business affairs for USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body for track and field; 10 years as a volunteer for USATF; and more than 15 years as an athlete.

While at the USATF, she was responsible for overseeing in-house legal and business affairs departments, handling event, sponsor, supplier and other contracts as well as disciplinary and grievance procedures. She gained valuable experience as the staff liaison to a variety of United States Olympic Committee and national governing body committees, including the Anti-Doping Task Force, Age Verification Task Force, Diversity and Leadership and Committee on Sports for Disabled.

Pilgrim is a highly sought after expert in alternative dispute resolution matters. In 2014, she was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions, the body that presides over administrative hearings related to allegations of NCAA rules violations.  In 2015 she was appointed as a hearing officer for the New York State Gaming Commission. Ms. Pilgrim served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. for over a decade (1992-2006) and is currently a long-serving public arbitrator for the NASD’s successor organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (2009-Present).  Pilgrim also previously served appointments as an arbitrator on the USA Track & Field Doping Hearing Board and the Doping Appeals Board in connection with athlete doping cases (1991-1998) and was appointed to United States Olympic Committee Out-of-Competition Drug Hearing Board (1991). Ms. Pilgrim successfully represented an athlete in arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

Pilgrim’s teaching history includes her current principal lecturer role, creating and teaching the “International & Comparative Sports Law” course for the Columbia University School of Professional Studies & Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) Companion Masters in Sports Management & Masters in Sports Law Program (Spring 2016); creating and teaching the “Olympic Games & the Law” course at the University of Miami School of Law; and teaching “Legal Issues in Sports” for the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Program.