Robert A. DuPuy was named the President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball on March 7, 2002. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball, he is responsible for all phases of baseballs Central Offices, including licensing, sponsorship, international, broadcasting, publishing, marketing, public relations, government relations, baseball operations, legal affairs, finance, baseballs internet operations and the labor relations committee.
DuPuy has been involved in most of Major League Baseballs legal issues since 1989, when he was brought in as outside legal counsel. He negotiated the settlement of the collusion grievance in 1990, and served as the principal outside counsel to the Commissioner and the Executive Council from 1992 until 1998, when Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig hired him as the MLB Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Legal Officer.
In that capacity, DuPuy oversaw the consolidation of the American and National Leagues into the Central Offices, the consolidation of MLBs office in Washington, D.C., and the formation of MLBAM (Major League Baseball Advanced Media) as its initial Chief Executive Officer.
DuPuy, who grew up in Branford, Conn., received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1968 and a J.D. from Cornell in 1973. There, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review. He saw military service with the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 and served a year in Vietnam in the 504th Military Police Battalion, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for his service.
After receiving his law degree, DuPuy joined Foley and Lardner, one of the nations largest law firms, in 1973, becoming a partner in 1980. He has served as a member of that firms Management Committee, and as Chairman of the firms Professional Standards Committee. He is a long-time member and Past-Chairman of the State Bar of Wisconsins Professional Ethics Committee. He has taught legal ethics and professional responsibility at Northwestern Law School, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Marquette University Law School, and has served as a long-time faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.