Are you involved in a case where there is a need for expert witness testimony from a sports lawyer? Is there a party who is an athlete with an alleged loss of economic opportunity, a sports-specific question that is highly nuanced such as one relating to athlete agent laws or NCAA policy, or do you need expert testimony related to something that tends to be concerning sport such as an individual’s right of publicity? Well, you may be in luck, because Heitner Legal’s founder, Darren Heitner, has served in such an expert witness role in the past and may be a good fit for the case and controversy that you are handling.
If you are in the market for a sports lawyer to serve in an expert witness capacity, then feel free to contact us about your particular matter. We strive to keep communications confidential, we do not charge for initial consultations, and we tend to respond very quickly to inquiries.
Here is an example of the type of matter that we have been asked to assist with. A former professional athlete filed a medical liability lawsuit and the defense, through its insurance carrier, wanted to bolster its defense, from an economic standpoint, by having someone qualified to discuss the athlete’s potential earnings.
Another example is when a company initiated a legal action based on an alleged breach of contract and the defense required an assessment of whether the contract was valid and binding on the parties. Additionally, the firm sought a sports lawyer as an expert witness to opine as to whether one of the plaintiffs may have committed a violation of NCAA rules and/or violated relevant athlete agent statutes that would rise to the level of establishing a material breach of the contract.
Darren Heitner is a good fit for these types of issues and many others, and brings with him not only more than a decade of practicing as a sports lawyer, licensed to practice in many federal courts as well as states including Florida and New York, as well as the Washington D.C., but also experience as an arbitrator with the American Bar Association and many years of teaching at the university level.
Heitner served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida graduate program and University of Florida Levin College of Law, from 2015-2016, teaching a Sports Law class that included case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules. In 2020, he returned to the University of Florida Levin College of Law to serve as an Adjunct Professor teaching Sports Law to upper-level law school students, where he continues to teach a Fall semester course. In 2023, Heitner began teaching a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) course to JD and LLM students at the University of Miami School of Law.
Again, feel free to contact us to discuss your specific matter and to receive a more comprehensive CV from Darren Heitner if there may be interest in having him serve as an expert witness in your pending action.