Damon Jones departing WFT for Dodgers after one year as Chief Legal Officer


Damon Jones is leaving the Washington Football Team after roughly a year serving as the organization's Chief Legal Officer, sources tell JP Finlay of 106.7 The Fan.

Jones is departing to join the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball as their assistant general manager and senior vice president of baseball operations. It's a chance for the California native to return home and take on a role he's long desired on the player evaluation side of a professional sports organization.

His departure comes after probably his most famous stint in Washington as Jones recently appeared in a seven-minute video released by the Washington Football Team teasing the organization's upcoming name change announcement. In the video, Jones explained the legal complexities of exploring and securing intellectual property on such a large scale, in an effort to demonstrate why 'Wolves' or 'Red Wolves' were not viable options for the team's new name because of existing trademarks held by other teams.

The Washington Football Team is promoting Mali Friedman, who previously served as deputy general counsel under Jones, as its new Chief Legal Officer. Friedman served as general counsel to the XFL prior to its collapse in April 2020, a role she held beginning in Sept. 2019, prior to joining Washington.

Jones joined the Washington Football Team in Dec. 2020, after spending nearly 13 years with the Washington Nationals, for whom he served as senior vice president and general counsel in the baseball and business operations department (July 2007 - Feb. 2020). He also had a brief stint working for D.C.-based law firm Covington & Burling after leaving the Nationals, serving as counsel to the firm's sports practice prior to joining the Washington Football Team approx. seven months later.

Jones has compiled a career of more than 20 years as a sports, entertainment and media executive and attorney. He is an alumnus of Harvard Law School, The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania's Business School) and the University of California, Santa Barbara.