The Washington Redskins have named their general counsel the team's new chief operating officer, a team spokesman said.
David Donovan, 51, will have a dual title, keeping his old title of general counsel while formally taking on the chief operating officer's responsibilities, such as oversight of operations at FedEx Field. The team's in-house counsel since 2005, Donovan previously represented Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder while in private practice.
The change was "simply [a] reassignment of titles to more accurately reflect job responsibilities since last spring," spokesman Zack Bolno said in an e-mail.
As chief attorney for the Redskins, Donovan is responsible for the club's legal matters. He oversaw lawsuits against at least 125 multiyear premium season ticket holders and more than a dozen skybox renters in the past five years, The Washington Post reported in September. The team won judgments of more than $2 million from 34 season ticket holders, most of whom did not hire an attorney and defaulted by not making an appearance in court.