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How We Got Started

 

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Leonard with the Luckasevics, Kelly and Jason.

Jason began his legal career in 2000 after graduating from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA. He spent countless hours becoming a civil litigator and trial attorney working primarily on toxic tort and other personal injury and wrongful death cases. By late 2006, Jason’s long-time friend and neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, uncovered CTE in the brains of two former NFL players. Because of the onslaught of character attacks,Jason came to the defense of Dr. Omalu by researching the legal precedents establishing the failure of the National Football League to properly handle concussion injuries. By 2011, Jason had originated the NFL concussion litigation. In 2014, his lawsuit settled for an estimated award of more than $1 billion.

Around the fall of 2010, Leonard met with Jason to discuss the impending litigation against the NFL. The premise of the lawsuit was the NFL failed to disclose relevant information about brain injuries and concussions. After countless hours of investigation, Leonard decided to join the lawsuit. Four years later, Leonard found himself deeply immersed in trying to understand the political rhetoric associated with these issues.

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Jason, Leonard and others after a conference in Las Vegas

 

Jason and Leonard have participated on several panels and national interviews discussing sports concussion injuries. They engaged in several private group discussions addressing the legal and educational concerns of parents, players, relatives, and their advisors. After investing countless hours and dollars, they began to look at who they had become as a result of their commitment. The knowledge and technical clarity they had gained dismissed any doubt that they should put together a platform that would educate, inform, and advise people of their rights and help children obtain the proper care associated with brain injury. Their mission is to use this platform to reach every athlete in a contact sport, including those participating as a recreational athlete, cheerleaders, or extreme sport participants, and advise them of their options as a result of becoming injured at any level of play.

By educating the public about concussions, the pair can allow the games to become safer and enhance contact sports at all levels of play. The goal is to improve the health, safety and quality of life of every player, their families and the general population. Moreover, learning safer ways to play can reduce the economic costs to both players and leagues alike

 

How the Brain Unity Trust Is Organized

The Brain Unity Trust, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a single Board of Directors that sets policy, develops and approves an enterprise-wide strategic plan and related resource allocation, and is responsible for the performance of the organization as a whole.

© 2015 Brain Unity Trust. All rights reserved. Brain Unity Trust is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The name trademark and logo and the phrase, It’s all about the brain are provided courtesy of All About the Brain, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation. Any use of the above without specific written consent is strictly prohibited.


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