Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Jack Bair has served as a trusted counselor and key strategist to the San Francisco Giants baseball team since January of 1993. As he enters his 26th season with the Giants, Bair has made his mark on many aspects of the organization. As Executive Vice President & General Counsel, he is responsible for all of the team's legal matters and for managing the team's many and complex relations with the City & County of San Francisco and other governmental entities. Bair also serves as President of Giants Development Services, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the San Francisco Giants responsible for real estate matters, including the planned Mission Rock Project just south of AT&T Park. Bair also lead the recent effort to develop the team's international headquarters and player development facility in the Dominican Republic.
Bair played a critical role in the Giants successful effort to develop a new ballpark in downtown San Francisco. Bair coordinated the effort to select the site for the new ballpark and contributed significantly to the ballpark's architectural design. Bair was the Giants liaison to the successful 1996 ballpark campaign for the Giants. He wrote and produced the award-winning campaign video and served as the principal spokesperson for the campaign, addressing hundreds of neighborhood, business and political organizations throughout the City. Bair also negotiated the business transaction with the City and coordinated the successful effort to gain all of the local, regional, state and federal governmental approvals necessary for the project to meet its timetable for Opening Day in April of 2000.
In addition to the ballpark architectural style itself, Bair's creative suggestions led to several of AT&T Park's unique features, such as the public promenade behind the Right Field fence, the perched arcade seating area in Right Field and the Ferry Terminal at Seals Plaza. His father's old-time glove served as the initial model for the world's largest baseball glove that sits above the Left Field bleachers. Bair planned and developed China Basin Park and its historical elements at McCovey Point. Bair is also credited with launching the Giants Community Fund field renovation program and suggesting one of the more clever baseball advertising programs in the 1990's, placing signage for the "GAP" clothing retailer on outfield fences in what in baseball parlance is referred to as "the Gap."
Early in his tenure with the Giants, Bair supervised the club's Arizona Operations, including Spring Training. In conjunction with the City of Scottsdale, he played a key role in the planning, design, rehabilitation and expansion of the Giants' Spring Training home, Scottsdale Stadium and of the club's minor league headquarters at Indian School Park. In 1993, Bair coordinated various ballpark improvement projects to refresh Candlestick Park.
Prior to joining the Giants, Bair worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the City & County of San Francisco. Bair was the attorney assigned to direct the legal effort to save the Giants in 1992 from being sold and relocated to Florida. Before working at the City Attorney's Office, Bair practiced law at the San Francisco law firm of Farella, Braun & Martel. The San Francisco Business Times & Silicon Valley Business Times honored Bair for his accomplishments in the legal community by awarding him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Bair serves as an officer of the Giants Community Fund and co-founded the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and continues to serve as an officer and member of the Board of Directors. Bair helped successfully fundraise, purchase and remodel the historic Vogue Theatre and acquired a long-term lease on the Balboa Theatre, both in San Francisco. Bair also co-founded and co-directs the Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco. Bair also serves on the Board of Directors of The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Bair played and coached amateur baseball in San Francisco for several years. Bair is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and Yale Law School.