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Jordan Woy Sues Former Client/Employee Horace Smith

On October 6, 2010, Willis & Woy Sports Group, L.L.C., and Jordan Woy v. Horace Smith, et al. was filed in a district court in Dallas County, Texas.  In the petition, application for temporary restraining order, and application for injunctive relief, Jordan Woy alleges that former client and Willis & Woy employee, Horace Smith, used money appropriated for clients for his own personal use, forged players’ signatures on promissory notes, made unauthorized and extravagant expenditures supposedly on behalf of players represented by Willis & Woy, is breaching the covenant to not compete that was in his employment contract, etc.

Woy is also worried that Smith may use confidential lists and names of potential and actual clients (and other material that could be considered to be trade secrets), acquired while working at Willis & Woy, to contact and interfere with Willis & Woy’s business.

In this past, this website has covered Willis & Woy Sports Group for its regional recruiting strategy.

The petition, application for temporary restraining order, and application for injunctive relief is attached at the bottom of this post.  Of note, you can find a copy of Horace Smith’s employment contract starting on page 35 of the attachment.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also 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. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.