|GREG KIRSTEIN, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
|Greg Kirstein is the senior vice president and general counsel for the Columbus Blue Jackets and oversees the club’s legal matters and human resources department. He joined the club as general counsel in 1998, bringing with him over 16 years of experience as a litigator and sports lawyer. His law firm experience includes Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease (1982-87), Squire, Sanders and Dempsey (1987-93) and Ray, Alton and Kirstein (1993-98), while also representing minor league baseball’s Columbus Clippers and the East Coast Hockey League’s Columbus Chill.
A native of Pittsburgh, he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University in 1977 and spent three years as a sports writer with The Pittsburgh Press and Miami Herald. He graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1982. He took a one-year hiatus from practicing law to serve as the assistant athletic director at Temple University from 1985-86.
Kirstein was also one of the original board members and founders of Chiller LLC, the parent company of the Blue Jackets’ suburban ice rinks, and served as its president from 1998-2000. He currently serves as a commissioner of the Capital Hockey Conference, Columbus’ varsity high school conference, and sits on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s hockey advisory committee. He also teaches Sports Law as an adjunct professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and serves as secretary of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and is a board member of Duquesne’s University Athletic Fund.
He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Dublin and are the parents of adult children, Katie and Matt.