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Nova Southeastern Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

This is a great event to attend if you are in the South Florida area.  I will be speaking on the 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. panel titled, Family Managing an Athlete’s Career.

What: 4th Annual Nova Southeastern University Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium

When: Saturday, February 19th, 2011 (9:30 a.m. –

Keynote Speaker:  Luther Campbell

Check-in and Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Finding the Money to Finance Entertainment Projects

This panel will discuss how entertainment deals are financed.  In addition to discussing the new Florida Statutes regarding the finance of domestic films, the panelists will also explore the recent case law on the topic.  The panelists will also provide some real life stories and insight in dealing with clients in this area.

  • Stewart Merkin, Law Office of Stewart A. Merkin
  • Stephen Carlisle, Stephen M. Carlisle, P.L.
  • Danielle Schwolow, President/CEO of Status Stalker
  • Lawrence Haber, Law Offices of Lawrence H. Haber, P.A.

Publicity Rights

With the new litigation regarding publicity rights of student athletes and entertainers, this panel will discuss the impact of publicity rights in the sports and entertainment industry.   This panel will also discuss on the adult entertainment industry as well as current cases and recent holdings.

  • Geoffrey Lottenberg, Associate, Lott & Friedland
  • Michael Richmond, Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University
  • Ivan J. Parron, PARRON LAW:  Attorneys & Counselors


Family Managing an Athlete’s Career

This panel will discuss the recent issues regarding Cam Newton and the NCAA loophole dealing with family members exploiting their children for financial gain.  The panel will also converse about the pros and cons of having a family member as a career planner and manager in the sports and entertainment industry.

  • Alan Fertel, Partner, Pathman Lewis, LLP
  • Darren Heitner, Attorney at Law, Kock Parafinczuk & Wolf, P.A.
  • Jason Weiss, Partner, Smith & Verbit, P.L.
  • Jennifer Gomez, Esq.
  • Kristin Campbell, Attorney & NFL Certified Agent



This panel will explore measures an attorney can take for protecting the clients that have copyright and trademark issues.  It will develop ways a lawyer can go about selecting clients as well as discussing warning signs when to deny representation to a client.  Further, the panel will discuss factors to consider when deciding to charge on a contingency or flat fee basis.

  • Charlotte Towne
  • Elliot Zimmerman
  • David Rogero

Cost: Price includes Networking Breakfast and Admission to Keynote Luncheon:

  • $15 SELS Members
  • $25 Non-Members (NSU Students)
  • $35 Non-Members (Other Schools)
  • $45 General Admission
  • $90 Attorneys for CLE

Register Online/Fax or Mail by clicking here. The following CLE credits are offered:

  • Maximum Credit: 5.0 hours
  • General: 5.0
  • Ethics: 1.0
  • Certification Program – Maximum Credit: 5.0, Business Litigation: 4.0, Intellectual Property: 5.0

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.

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