Darren Adam Heitner, Esq. is the Founder/CEO of Dynasty Dealings, LLC, created the Sport Agency Management course at Indiana University Bloomington, teaches Sports Law at the University of Florida and University of Florida Levin College of Law, Contributor at FORBES, and Founder/Chief Editor of Sports Agent Blog, a leading niche industry publication.
In 2014, he founded HEITNER LEGAL after spending multiple years at a Partner at Wolfe Law Miami, P.A. Darren is licensed to practice on the state and federal level, and focuses on sports, entertainment, and intellectual property litigation and transactional work. He is regularly interviewed on major sports radio programs and television shows, has written pieces that have been featured in various top sports publications, and has spoken at/moderated sports discussions at institutions of higher education. In 2010, Darren was named to Miami, Florida’s Power 30 Under 30 in the Sports category along with the MLB’s Hanley Ramirez, NBA’s Udonis Haslem, and NFL’s Ronnie Brown. In 2011, Darren was named to SportsPro Media’s 10 NEXT, which honors ten stars of the sports business industry under the age of 30 that have achieved a level of success that is truly rare at such a young age. In 2012 and 2015, Darren was chosen as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer (top attorneys in Florida under 40 years of age) and in 2012 was named to Sports Launch Magazine’s Thirty Under 30 Award winners in sports business. In 2013, Darren was chosen as a Rising Star by a Daily Business Review panel of judges and was among the 40 young attorneys with the highest ratings. In 2014, Darren was named to The Huffington Post’s top 30 sports marketers list. In 2015, Darren was selected a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers.
Darren is the author of How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know (published by the American Bar Association), Contributing Writer of An Athlete’s Guide to Agents, 5th Edition , author of a Dartmouth Law Journal article titled, Duties of Sports Agents to Athletes and Statutory Regulation Thereof, author of a Gaming Law Review and Economics article titled, The Plight of PASPA: It’s Time to Pull the Plug on the Prohibition, co-author of a Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law article titled, Corking the Cam Newton Loophole, a Sweeping Suggestion, author of a NYU School of Law IP and Entertainment Law Ledger article titled, You May Not “Like” This Title: Everything Stored On Facebook Is Discoverable, co-author of a New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal article titled, Have Some Standards: How the Sports Agent Profession Should Be Effectively Regulated, co-author of a Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal article titled, In Baseball’s Best Interest?: A Discussion of the October 2010 MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents, co-author of a Pace Intellectual Property Sports & Entertainment Law Forum article titled, Football v. Football: A Comparison of Agent Regulation in France’s Ligue 1 and the National Football League, author of two DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems articles titled, Money and Sports: Economic Realities of Being An Athlete and Pain in the Head: The Official Helmet Company of the NFL’s Potential Liability in the Concussion Lawsuits, co-author of a New York State Bar Association Journal article titled, Made for Each Other: Social Media and Litigation, co-author of Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal article titled, An Offer They Should Refuse: Why Conflicts of Interest Raised by Dual Representation among Player Agents is a Major Threat to the NCAA and Professional Leagues, co-author of a Fall 2013 Marquette Sports Law Review article titled, Jay Z Has 99 Problems, and Being a Sports Agent May Be One, co-author of a 2014 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal (Villanova) article titled, Score a Touchdown, Kiss Your Tattoo, and Get Sued for Copyright Infringement?, and co-author of a Fall 2014 Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law article titled, Personal Foul: Conduct Detrimental to the Team. Penalty Declined?
Darren has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the same institution, where he served two terms as the President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and Chair of the popular UF Sports Law Symposium.
Darren is a member of many prestigious Honors Societies including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Florida Blue Key.