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David Cornwell Joins Law Firm Gordon & Rees LLP

Atlanta, Georgia-based attorney David Cornwell started his own firm DNK Cornwell in 1997.  He positioned his firm as “the premier legal resource for sports agents and the men and women who play professional sports.”  As President of the company, Cornwell became well known for representing professional athletes in connection with various administrative procedures (disciplinary, drugs, alcohol, and steroids) before the professional sports leagues and players’ associations.  Prior to forming his own company, Cornwell served as counsel for The Upper Deck Company, LLC, Steinberg & Moorad (a former sports agency led by Leigh Steinberg and Jeff Moorad), the NFL, and also worked as an associate for law firm Whitman & Ransom in New York.

This week, Cornwell begins a new part of his career, going back to private practice and joining up with the law firm of Gordon & Rees LLP.  The law firm has roughly 500 lawyers in 26 offices throughout the United States.  Cornwell will continue to serve as Executive Director of the NFL Coaches Association (which is currently involved in a lawsuit with the NFL Players Association) while joining Gordon & Rees’ Atlanta, Georgia office as a partner.  He will continue to focus his practice on sports and entertainment law.

“After two years of looking for the right national platform, Gordon & Rees proved to be a perfect fit for my practice,” said David Cornwell.  “The firm dramatically increases the national resources available to my traditional client base while preserving the personalized representation that my clients expect and deserve.”

Cornwell will be speaking on the Town Hall Debate – Collective Bargaining: Winners and Losers panel at the 2012 Sports Lawyers Association Conference that kicks of this Thursday, May 10, 2012.

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.