Brad Leshnock has been working with NFL players since 1996 and oversees all aspects of business operations and client contract negotiations. He has advised on over 325 NFL contracts, maintaining a strong working relationship with all NFL front offices. Brad has earned a reputation as an intelligent, aggressive negotiator with a skillful understanding of rookie contracts, veteran free agency, the salary cap and the CBA. Drawing on his expertise in statistical and data analysis, as well as a sincere belief in our clients’ abilities, Brad has consistently negotiated top dollar deals. Recent contracts include a free agent deal for Branden Albert which included $26 million guaranteed and a renegotiated contract for Nick Mangold that made him the highest paid center in NFL history.
Brad is a Certified Public Accountant and a registered Contract Advisor with the NFL Players Association. He earned his MBA with honors from Northwestern while studying decision-making and negotiations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Notre Dame, graduating with high honors. Prior to co-founding our firm, Brad worked in the Risk Intelligence Group of Deloitte, advising senior management at Fortune 100 firms, including Procter & Gamble, Cardinal Health, Chase, Sears and The Gap.
Joe Flanagan is involved in all aspects of client representation, specializing in communications with NFL player personnel executives, coaches and scouts. Joe’s hands-on, aggressive approach is especially valuable in the pre-draft promotion of our draft-eligible clients, and BTI has had 12 top 100 draft picks in recent years. Having worked with players since 1996, his entrepreneurial attitude, 24/7 availability and advocacy of our clients ensure that each player’s opportunities are maximized.
As a licensed attorney, Joe also supervises the handling of legal issues related to our clients, reviewing contract language and ensuring that each client’s rights under the CBA are enforced. Utilizing his experience gained as an associate at a large civil defense law firm in Chicago, Joe represents players in all appeals of fines and suspensions, advises on grievances, oversees the filing for collectively-bargained benefits and facilitates second medical opinions for injured players. Joe is a registered Contract Advisor with the NFLPA and a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar Associations. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Notre Dame, graduating with high honors.
Ron Slavin has been working with NFL players since 1999 and contributes in all aspects of client management. He works on a variety of matters as he ensures our clients’ needs – on and off the field -are satisfied and their expectations exceeded. Ron utilizes his extensive NFL network to identify player opportunities and to proactively advocate on each client’s behalf. He was instrumental in the recent contracts signed by Earl Mitchell ($16 million) and Orlando Scandrick ($25 million). His extensive football knowledge and active involvement in clients’ lives bring a comfort level to players not only as they go through the challenging pre-draft process, but also throughout their careers.
In addition to his involvement in contract negotiations, Ron is responsible for providing day-to-day support for clients – from organizing travel to arranging medical services to facilitating a car loan to managing family affairs. Ron is a registered Contract Advisor with the NFLPA and holds a degree in marketing & public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Jim Flanigan is an invaluable and unique resource for our player clients. Drawing on the experiences of his 10-year NFL career, he mentors and advises clients as they navigate their own ways in the NFL. Among his many responsibilities, Jim conducts hands-on coaching for draft eligible linemen; he evaluates film of clients; he performs scheme analyses to direct our focus prior to the draft and in free agency; and he taps his vast network of NFL coaches to identify opportunities and promote our clients.
Jim spent seven seasons with the Bears, followed by one season each for the Packers, 49ers and Eagles. He played in 145 career games, with 97 starts, and compiled over 500 tackles, including 46 sacks. Jim was drafted by the Bears in 1994 with the 74th overall pick. In January of 2001, Jim was named the “Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year” for his accomplishments on and off the field.