- Certified agent for NFL
- Woolf Associates, General Counsel and Vice President of Athlete Marketing
- Summer law clerk, Justice Department’s U.S. Trustee Program
- Longtime Suffolk Law instructor
Kristen Kuliga JD’94
Founder, Principal K Sports & Entertainment LLC Boston, Mass.
It was a warm Sunday evening in late September, when a little-known tight end named Matt Mulligan caught his first career touchdown pass from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Kristen Kuliga JD ’94 felt a special thrill; she had negotiated with the Patriots to sign Mulligan just a few weeks earlier.
Later in the game, Kuliga cringed in dismay when another of her clients, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, went down for the season with a severe leg injury.
“It was definitely an emotional roller coaster,” the Boston-based sports attorney says. “It was awesome to see Matt score a touchdown and make some good blocks. And then it was devastating to watch someone as great as Vince go down like that.”
“Roller coaster” perfectly describes Kuliga’s groundbreaking career as one of the first female agents in men’s professional sports. She is one of just 30 women (among more than 700 men) certified to represent National Football League players. In nearly two decades, she has handled contracts for more than two dozen NFL players, including a $33 million deal inked by former quarterback Doug Flutie in 2001. She currently represents more than 10 active NFL players.
“This is a very tough business for a woman to break into,” she says. Kuliga summed up what it’s like to be a female pro sports agent by quoting a famous line used to describe the great Hollywood dancer Ginger Rogers: “It’s like doing everything a man does, only backwards and in high heels.”