Kevin Warren has an extensive background in athletics and unique perspective in professional sports, law, and business, which have been instrumental to the Wilf family ownership group for the entire 9 seasons of their stewardship of the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2013, Warren enters his 15th season in the NFL and his 9th season with the Vikings. Warren is the Vikings’ Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer, with responsibility for various day-to-day business, operational and administrative issues, legal affairs, strategic planning, human resources, and special projects, while also serving as a member of the Vikings’ internal stadium development deal team and representing the Vikings at NFL meetings. Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL. In September of 2013, Warren’s reputation and NFL experience were recognized when he was named a member of the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity, which is committed to enhancing and promoting diversity at every level of the NFL.
Prior to joining the Vikings, during 2003-05, Warren worked with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, which included working with the Wilf ownership group during their acquisition of the Vikings. Warren spent 2001-03 with the Detroit Lions as Senior Vice President of Business Operations & General Counsel. While working with the Lions, he was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business on their “40 Under 40” list, recognizing the top 40 Detroit business leaders under the age of 40. Prior to joining the Vikings’ NFC North rivals in Detroit, Warren worked from 1997-2001 with the St. Louis Rams, including the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV World Championship victory over the Tennessee Titans. During his tenure with St. Louis, Warren served as Vice President of Football Administration in 2001 after working as Vice President of Player Programs & Football Legal Counsel from 1997-2000.
Following his graduation from Notre Dame law school, Warren’s first exposure to sports law came when he worked with current Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and sports attorney Mike Glazier at a law firm specializing in representing universities charged with NCAA violations. Warren also later worked as a sports and entertainment attorney/agent, representing various professional athletes, entertainers and broadcasters as the founder of Kevin Warren and Associates.
Warren’s involvement in athletics helped pave the way for his successful career. As a freshman on the University of Pennsylvania basketball team, Warren was a member of the Quakers’ Ivy League championship team in 1982. A native of Tempe, AZ, Warren subsequently enrolled at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, where he earned his undergraduate degree. While at Grand Canyon, he excelled both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Warren scored 1,118 points during his career at Grand Canyon and earned GTE/CoSida Academic All-America as a senior along with NAIA Academic All-America honors and NAIA District 7 Basketball Team honors as both a junior and senior. Warren holds three 4th place GCU basketball records, including, career points per game average (20.0), single season points per game average (23.3), and single scoring game (42). In March 2012, Warren was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Athletics Hall of Fame, the 16th individual inducted and only the 5th basketball player to earn the prestigious honor in the University’s 63-year history.
Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University in 1986, his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1988, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990. Warren is licensed with the State Bar of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota (House Counsel-Rule 10), and the District of Columbia.
Several members of Warren’s family have helped fuel his life-long passion for sports, including his father, the late Dr. Morrison Warren, Sr., who played professional football for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 during the era of the All-American Football Conference, before the league was merged with the NFL. The senior Warren would go on to be the first African-American President of a major college bowl game when he was named President of the 1982 Fiesta Bowl. Warren’s oldest brother, Morrison, Jr., was one of the first African-American scholarship athletes at Stanford, playing football for the Cardinal in the early 1960’s, before a severe knee injury cut short his promising athletic career.
An active member of the Twin Cities community, Warren served on the United Way Board of Directors from 2007-10, has served on the Page Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and the University of Minnesota’s Medical Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Since 2012, Warren has been a member of the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, the Benilde-St. Margaret High School Board of Directors and the Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOPE) Board of Directors. Warren was recognized by Twin Cities Business Journal in 2006 as a Minority Business Leader, and he is a life member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. Additionally, following the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NFL seasons, Warren was a recipient of the Fritz Pollard Alliance “Salute to Excellence” Award. Warren is also Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, a 3,800 lawyer international law firm with 54 offices across six continents.
Warren and his wife, Greta, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, have a daughter, Peri, and a son, Powers. The Warren family resides in Chanhassen, MN.