MLB Official Info
Robert D. Manfred, Jr.Chief Operating Officer
Robert D. Manfred, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. His areas of responsibility include Labor Relations and Human Resources. He is responsible for the relationship between the Clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association, as well as the Human Resources functions of the Commissioner's Office.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Mr. Manfred was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in their Washington, D.C., office. At Morgan, Lewis, Mr. Manfred represented employers in numerous industries, including transportation, health care, professional sports and airlines. He participated directly in the formulation and negotiation of economic and non-economic proposals for Major League Baseball in two separate rounds of collective bargaining. He represented individual teams in salary arbitrations and in grievance arbitrations and provided advice to teams on their individual salary negotiations with players. Outside the professional sports context, Mr. Manfred negotiated agreements with nurses, operating engineers and service employees.
In addition to this collective bargaining experience, Mr. Manfred represented a number of clients in employee-benefit related matters. He served as counsel to the employer trustees on a number of jointly administered pension and health and welfare funds. He also represented multi-employer funds in federal court litigation under the Multi-Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act.
Mr. Manfred's other litigation experience includes the representation of employers in actions brought under the Railway Labor Act and various federal anti-discrimination statutes.
Active in professional organizations, Mr. Manfred is a member of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Mr. Manfred received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. While at Harvard, he wrote a Note concerning contribution limitations under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. Following law school, Mr. Manfred served as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts.