Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:25 am
Gary Hall, general counsel for the National Basketball Players Association, died Sunday night at his apartment in New York City. He was 67.
The top lawyer for the players' association, Hall was friends with union chief Billy Hunter for more than 30 years. Funeral arrangements are pending.
“We were longtime friends and he was an excellent attorney,” Hunter told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He was an outstanding lawyer, and he was extremely bright.”
Hunter and Hall met when Hunter was U.S. Attorney in San Francisco and worked together there at the Justice Department from 1978-85. Hunter hired Hall as general counsel of the NBPA in November 2005.
Hall had not been ill, and the cause of death is unknown, according to a person who knew the prominent Syracuse-area attorney. Hall would have played a key role in negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal, ratified in 2005, expires July 1.