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A sample of the matters I have handled:


  • Protection and enforcement of the trademarks,

  • The filing of trademark applications for a variety of international classes.

  • Civil theft / conversion related to electronic copyrighted material.

  • Litigation concerning the duties of an escrow agent.

  • Breach of contract matters in sports, entertainment, music, etc.

  • Music royalty disputes.

  • Disputes over the ownership of copyrights.

  • Copyright infringement from online downloads.

  • Defamation matters.

  • Tortious interference claims.


A sample of the clients I have represented:


  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino

  • NHL player Jack Johnson

  • NFL players Greg Hardy and Mario Manningham

  • EDM DJ group A&G

  • Slip n' Slide Records

  • Pras from the Fugrees

  • Businessman David Sugarman

  • Super Music Group

  • Rosenhaus Sports Representation

  • Morgan Advisory Group

  • Sure Sports Lending

  • We Got You, LLC


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 30%
    5 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    5 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    5 years
  4. Trademark Infringement: 10%
    5 years
  5. Copyright Infringement: 10%
    5 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Mark V. Clay

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  • Martin Albert Fischman

    Darren is one of the great legal minds in the sports & entertainment community. If there was such a thing as hitting for the cycle in law, Darren has done it. Darren is an accomplished legal scholar, litigator, and transactional attorney. I highly reccomend this attorney.


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Contact info


1736 NE 7th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304


FLMember in Good Standing201009/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising Star (40 Under 40)Daily Business Review2013
Thirty Under 30Sports Launch Magazine2012
Up and Comer (top attorneys in Florida under 40 years of age)Florida Legal Elite2012
1-of-10 stars of sports biz industry under the age of 30SportsPro Media2011
Miami 2010 HonoreesPower 30 Under 30™2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderHeitner Legal, P.L.L.C.2014 - Present
PartnerWolfe Law Miami, P.A.2011 - 2014
Attorney at LawKoch Parafinczuk & Wolf, P.A.2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Heart AssociationExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
Sports Lawyers AssociationOutreach Committee2011 - Present
Young Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Business Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Entertainment Arts and Sports LawMember2010 - Present
Workers Compensation AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Solace Sports v. Daves Mountain Tennis & Swim ClubSettlement
Dilligaf USA v. MPS Entertainment and Michael SorrentinoSettlement
Gotham NYC Entertainment v. Michael Sorrentino a/k/a "The Situation"Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pace Intellectual Property Sports & Entertainment Law ForumFootball v. Football: A Comparison of Agent Regulation in France’s Ligue 1 and the National Football League2012
ForbesNBA Players Association Seeks Arbitrator To Clarify New York Knicks' Ability To Keep Jeremy Lin2012
NYU IP and Entertainment Law LedgerYou May Not "Like" This Title: Everything Stored On Facebook Is Discoverable2011
SportsBusiness JournalForcing social media silence not the answer for colleges2011
FoxNews.comDoes the U.S. Need a Sports Czar?2011
Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment LawCorking the Cam Newton Loophole, a Sweeping Suggestion2011
Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law JournalIn Baseball's Best Interest?: A Discussion of the October 2010 MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents2011
New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law JournalHave Some Standards: How The Sports Agent Profession Should Be Effectively Regulated2010
Gaming Law Review and EconomicsThe Plight of PASPA: It's Time to Pull the Plug on the Prohibition2010
Dartmouth Law JournalDuties of Sports Agents to Athletes and Statutory Regulation Thereof2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Miami's 15th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law SymposiumProtecting Your Client's Image: The Use of Intellectual Property Law to Represent a Client's Business and Personal Interests2012
Tulane University Law School's National Baseball Arbitration CompetitionBaseball salary arbitration2012
Sports Lawyers Association ConferenceHot Topics in NCAA Legal Issues: Agents and Amateurism2012
Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium"Sports and Torts" panel2012
Johnson & Wales University 3rd Annual Sports Entertainment Events ConferenceProper protocol and best practices along with the necessary skills needed to land this type of position working with Athletes, Artists, and Celebrities.2012
Harvard Law School Spring 2012 Sports Law SymposiumNBA Collective Bargaining2012
DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems 2012 SymposiumGrants-in-aid & IRS tax code implications for the NCAA with regards to "pay-for-play."2012
American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports IndustriesHigh interest rate loans to athletes.2012
2012 NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate AthleticsPoignant Paradox: The Unintended Consequences of Sweeping Academic Reform in Collegiate Athletics.2012
University of MemphisNCAA rules & regulations2011
Union Internationale des Avocats 55th CongressAmerican Sports Law in Practice2011
Tulane University Law School's National Baseball Arbitration CompetitionMLB in the Dominican Republic: Taming the Wild West of Professional Baseball2011
Suffolk Law SchoolEthics in Athlete Representation Panel2011
Southwestern Law SchoolPre-Professional Athletes in an Amateur World: NCAA Rules, State Laws, Agents and Extra Benefits2011
Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law SymposiumFamily Managing an Athlete's Career2011
New York Law SchoolOverview of Current Legal Developments in the Sports Industry2011
Florida International University Law SchoolCurrent issues in sports business and law2011
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawCollective Bargaining Agreements - The Big 42011
York College of Pennsylvania Sport Management Professional PanelBig 3 panel included Peg Kaufmann (Athletic Director, Millersville U.) and Bryan Minniti (Assistant General Manager, Washington Nationals).2010
St. Thomas Entertainment and Sports Law Society SymposiumSports and Social Networking2010
Indiana University BloomingtonIssues in Intercollegiate Athletics2010
Princeton Sports SymposiumPartnership Activation Rising Stars2009