Darren Adam Heitner has accomplished more in his first 10 years practicing law than many lawyers do in their careers. Known as The Sports, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property Lawyer, he is the Founder of Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., an adjunct professor of Sports Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and author of many books published by the American Bar Association (How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know) as well as numerous articles in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, SportsPro Magazine, Above the Law, and Outkick.
Heitner has been honored with the University of Florida’s 40 Under 40 Award as well as with the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Oustanding Young Alumnus Award in recognition of his accomplishments. He has also been named a distinguished leader in the State of Florida by the Daily Business Review, serves on the Media & Communications Law Committee of the Florida Bar, and was appointed by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis to sit on the Parks, Recreation, and Beaches Board.
Heitner has represented Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, University of Florida Athletic Hall of Famer Fred Taylor, 7-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, 5-time Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill, 2-time NFL interceptions leader Xavien Howard, 2-time Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, 2021 NFL Draft 15th overall pick Mac Jones, Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Manny Ramirez, 3-time All Star Rafael Furcal, 3-time All Star Luis Castillo, and 2-time NCAA Tournament champion Rick Pitino.
Some other notable athletes and sports agents Heitner has worked with throughout his career include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Jadeveon Clowney, Jamal Adams, D.J. Moore, Jonnu Smith, Jordan Poyer, Jalen Mills, Malcolm Butler, Jordan Reed, Trai Turner, Kyle Hamilton, Rashod Bateman, Michael Badgley, Anna Kournikova, Draymond Green, Terry Rozier, Fred VanVleet, Andrei Kirilenko, Bismack Biyombo, Jonathan Kuminga, Andrew Wiggins, De’Aaron Fox, Danuel House, Landry Shamet, Jose Bautista, Pablo Sandoval, Josh Hader, Sergei Bobrovsky, Chris Pronger, Hanney and Haley Cavinder, Jason Belmonte, Paige VanZant, Bill Raftery, Rosenhaus Sports Representation, Young Money APAA Sports, Rafael Nieves, Tim Younger, Bouna Ndiaye, Dan Fegan, First Round Management, Goal Line Sports, Happy Walters, Aaron Turner, Mike Miller, and Everett Sports Management.
In 2005, Heitner got his start in the business of sports by creating Sports Agent Blog, which has since that date served as a lead publication in the space surrounding sports agency news, interviews, information, and opinion.
In 2007, Heitner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, and was named Valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2010, Heitner received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Heitner has always fashioned himself as an athlete advocate. In 2019, Heitner was asked by Florida Representative Chip LaMarca to assist with the crafting and promotion of legislation that sought to provide Florida college athletes with the right to profit off of their names, images, and likenesses (NIL). The bill passed both the Florida House and Senate before being signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in June 2020, making Florida the first state to have a July 1, 2021 effective date and leading the way toward establishing important NIL rights for all college athletes across the United States. Heitner has continued to be an advocate for athlete rights and worked on behalf of numerous athletes and brands, including Gatorade, INFLCR, and Icon Source, in the NIL space.