The partners, associates, counsel and staff of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, express profound sorrow on the untimely passing of our colleague and friend for over 42 years, Michael Heitner, on October 19, 2021. Read more here.

Michael Heitner focuses on sports and entertainment transactions with a concentration in television sports, as well as corporate transactions and corporate finance.

Mike serves as outside general counsel to longtime client Bob Arum's Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc. He helped to form Top Rank, and has since handled many contractual aspects of its highly successful worldwide boxing promotion business.

Mike's contracts with fighters extend all the way from Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Julio Cesar Chavez, to modern stars such as Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. He also handled Top Rank's contracts with arenas such as Madison Square Garden and casino venues such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, television distribution agreements with HBO, Showtime and foreign broadcasters, as well as major sponsorships, event merchandising and other brand-building activities.

Mike has also represented arena owners, promoters and broadcasters in major concerts, such as The Three Tenors and Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel's farewell concert at Shea Stadium and Citi Field’s inaugural concert featuring Paul McCartney.

Memberships & Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Committee on Television and Radio
  • Executive Committee, Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City
  • Secretary and Legal Advisor, National Rowing Foundation
  • Former Trustee, Poly Prep Country Day School