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Darren Adam Heitner

Intellectual property Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.3   6 reviews

About Darren

Learn Darren’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    30%
    Handle issues regarding drug testing, gene doping, new media rights, NCAA investigations, salary arbitration, and intellectual property rights. Experience serving as counsel to sports agencies from start-up phase, to drafting in-depth agreements with the agencies’ clients, to drafting, negotiating, and revising agreements between sports agencies’ clients and third-parties.

    12 years

  2. Intellectual property
    30%
    I provide my clients with sophisticated and aggressive strategic counseling, transactional, and litigation expertise on matters involving advertising, consumer law, copyright, trademark, internet, retail, and media. My clients benefit from my knowledge as I consult them through the selection, protection, and enforcement of company names, brand names, and slogans for U.S. and worldwide markets. Preparation, filing and prosecuting of consumer law in trademark and design applications.

    12 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Contract and submission assistance to new projects, and representation at major markets/issues for completed projects. Known as the “deal maker” and through my contract knowledge, negotiating abilities and industry experience, I have worked out extremely complex deals.

    12 years

  4. Copyright infringement
    10%
    I have engaged in cutting-edge litigation in U.S. courts, litigating disputes between artists and managers, copyright infringement actions involving disputes between production companies and distributors, disputes between recording artists and labels, disputes between record labels, and disputes between actors and studios or networks.

    12 years

  5. Trademark infringement
    10%
    For an example, see the matter pending between my client, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino against Abercrombie & Fitch.

    12 years

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
Licensed for 12 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2021
Updated 06/11/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2020
Updated 06/08/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Darren

HEITNER LEGAL
215 Hendricks Isle
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyle | August 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I love my lawyer!
Darren is the best there is. As my business started to grow, I needed counsel for a trademark. A colleague referred me to Darren. I was immediately impressed by Darren’s firm grasp on IP law. He is the ideal lawyer — smart, dependable, and wickedly fast at responding to email. After my trademark, I turned to Darren once again, this time for contract work. He delivered a robust contract, quickly answered my questions, and left me feeling confident. Later, I used him for additional business-related legal matters. Again, he didn’t disappoint. I love my lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Quick Responses
When I needed help with a contract dispute, I reached out to Mr. Heitner and he responded right away, even though he was traveling overseas at the time. Very straight shooter and cut right to the chase. I know that everyone's case is different but for this particular matter Mr. Heitner was able to handle the case on contingency, when a lot of other lawyers would never have done that.
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Posted by Beth | April 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Sports and Entertainment Lawyer in the BIZ
Mr. Darren Heitner is helping me, Beth Silverberg, and The Sports Girls LLC implement marketing and sponsorship contracts for my A-List Athletes and clients. He is assisting me with my Nation Wide Radio Show upcoming contract with SBNationRadio, and has pointed me in the right direction several times to grow my business. I highly recommend him for any of your intellectual property, entertainment, and contract needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2014
Timely, Responsible, and Dedicated
Darren Heitner is the most responsive attorney I have encountered. He makes himself readily available to clients and performs his tasks in a timely manner. I have never had to perform continuous "follow-up" with Mr. Heitner. He is responsible, personable, and dedicated. Anyone having legal needs within his domain of practice areas should not hesitate to contact Mr. Heitner.
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Posted by Bram | June 26, 2011
The "expert" on sports agent matters
As information related to sports agents and related matters goes, Darren is an attorney whom you should seek. His knowledge of key issues (many times before they come to the forefront) is invaluable. If you need an answer, Darren can get it for you. Darren has been a leader since his undergraduate days and has continued along that path as becoming the go-to source for agent and sports law information on his website, sportsagentblog.com. I recommend Darren for your individual sports legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
All talk, no results
I hired Darren for work on my sports betting company, after seeing his name pop up across a number of different publications. One thing is for sure, Darren is an excellent self promoter and has spent a lot of time self promoting his "brand". We hired him for legal counsel however, not marketing. After constantly feeling like we were being over promised, over billed and underwhelmed, we took our business elsewhere.
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Response from Darren Heitner September 12, 2019
I find it notable that you choose to list yourself as "anonymous." If you are an actual former client of mine, then consider me surprised, as I have no recollection of any client believing that the services we provided were ever in any way inadequate. Very unfortunate to receive something like this from someone who will not even disclose his/her identity and makes me question whether I have ever even served as your counsel.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wolfe Law Miami, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney at Law
  • Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2011

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2010
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelors of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Dilligaf USA v. MPS Entertainment and Michael Sorrentino
  • Settlement
  • Gotham NYC Entertainment v. Michael Sorrentino a/k/a "The Situation"
  • Settlement
  • Solace Sports v. Daves Mountain Tennis & Swim Club
  • Settlement

Associations

  • American Heart Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Outreach Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Entertainment Arts and Sports Law
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Workers Compensation Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star (40 Under 40)
  • Daily Business Review
  • 2013
  • Thirty Under 30
  • Sports Launch Magazine
  • 2012
  • Up and Comer (top attorneys in Florida under 40 years of age)
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • 2012
  • 1-of-10 stars of sports biz industry under the age of 30
  • SportsPro Media
  • 2011
  • Miami 2010 Honorees
  • Power 30 Under 30™
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
  • In Baseball's Best Interest?: A Discussion of the October 2010 MLBPA Regulations Governing Player Agents
  • 2011
  • New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal
  • Have Some Standards: How The Sports Agent Profession Should Be Effectively Regulated
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2012 NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Poignant Paradox: The Unintended Consequences of Sweeping Academic Reform in Collegiate Athletics.
  • 2012
  • University of Memphis
  • NCAA rules & regulations
  • 2011
  • Tulane University Law School's National Baseball Arbitration Competition
  • MLB in the Dominican Republic: Taming the Wild West of Professional Baseball
  • 2011
  • Suffolk Law School
  • Ethics in Athlete Representation Panel
  • 2011
  • Southwestern Law School
  • Pre-Professional Athletes in an Amateur World: NCAA Rules, State Laws, Agents and Extra Benefits
  • 2011
  • Nova Southeastern University Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium
  • Family Managing an Athlete's Career
  • 2011
  • Florida International University Law School
  • Current issues in sports business and law
  • 2011
  • York College of Pennsylvania Sport Management Professional Panel
  • Big 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 Symposium
  • Sports and Social Networking
  • 2010
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • 2010
  • Princeton Sports Symposium
  • Partnership Activation Rising Stars
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (6)
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darren is very well regarded and well known as an entertainment lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Friend
"Darren provides each of his clients with the highest level of service. Darren is an innovator and he uniquely thinks outside the box to pursue favorable resolutions for his clients. Darren is straight-forward, intelligent, and a strong communicator."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend this lawyer. Darren is an extremely intelligent lawyer who is eager to achieve the best possible results for his clients. Darren's command of the law makes him the go-to lawyer for any entertainment or intellectual property law matter."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Heitner. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. There is only one Darren Heitner. He is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. He works hard for his clients and he gets results. He cares about the sports industry and writes many articles on subjects people won't write about. Good Lawyer A+"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darren is a well connected, ambitious and passionate attorney that I would highly recommend. I have referred entertainment and intellectual property matters Darren's way and I would do so again without reservation."
Entertainment Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Heitner in the past as a research assistant for a law review article he was co-authoring. Darren is a very knowledgeable attorney and sports agent. I never hesitate to seek out Darren's help and advice, as I value his opinion. He is a consummate professional and a great person to work."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Darren for over 10 years and is more passionate about his profession than anyone I know. I am privileged to call him my friend."
Entertainment Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I finally had the opportunity to spend some time with Darren several weeks ago, and found him to be as impressive personally as he is professionally. In a relatively short amount of time, Darren has stepped outside of traditional attorney boundaries and proven to be a thought leader in the worlds of Sports Law and Sports Business through his teaching, writing and online initiatives. He has raised the bar for all of us in this segment of the legal profession!"
Entertainment Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Heitner since he was a third year student in my class at the University of Florida College of Law. He had already started a successful sports agency firm by that time. He is one of the most enterprising and hard working individuals I have ever met. I have no doubt that he will work harder for any client than any other lawyer they could possibly hire. I recommend Mr.Heitner without reservation."
Entertainment Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I recommend Darren. He is an excellent lawyer and person and a leader in the entertainment and sports law community. Do not hesitate to call on him if legal trouble finds you."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Heitner is an experienced and aggressive litigator. Even more impressive, however, is his innate ability to negotiate and mediate deals for his clients. After working with Mr. Heitner, one thing is clear, he is a “straight-shooter,” something that is hard to find in the legal field. For better or worse, Mr. Heitner will give you honest advice. The most compelling sign of a true professional is what I term “turn-away power.” Mr. Heitner will not waste your time or resources unless there is something he can do for you. Accordingly, if he works with you, it’s a great investment. Look out for Mr. Heitner in the near future on an international level."
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