He might only be 5 feet 7 inches tall, but Jeff Gewirtz is a giant in the sports law world.
As an undergrad at Tufts University, Gewirtz, a lifelong tennis aficionado, envisioned becoming an agent for professional tennis players. Through his research, he found that the most high-profile agents at the time all had law degrees. So he followed their lead and pursued a law degree at Brooklyn Law School. Once he realized how much he enjoyed his classes and internships, he changed direction and decided he wanted to practice sports law.
A: I work closely with David Berliner, the general counsel of Forest City Ratner Cos., which is the lead developer for Barclays Center. He’s been a great mentor of mine because although I have deep experience in sports marketing, media, licensing and advertising, my real-estate background is very modest. David has been the lead lawyer on the development side of the Barclays Center transaction, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him about the real-estate business, zoning, environmental legal issues and more.