Wright Lindsey & Jennings Scouts Football Players for NFL

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 12:00 am  

Judy Henry

During college football season, Judy Henry keeps her eye on the players.

As a partner with the Little Rock law firm Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Henry is one of only three sports agents in Arkansas certified by the NFL Players Association.

Since Henry received her contract adviser’s certification in 2010, she has been growing the firm’s sports law practice, which now has five attorneys in the group.

Henry said she has handled contracts for players with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers. She declined to say which players she’s represented, citing attorney-client privilege, or how many contracts she’s negotiated.

The NFL Players Association wouldn’t release the names of the players who are under contract with each agent.

In 2011, though, Wright Lindsey & Jennings said in a news release that former Arkansas Razorback Wade Grayson signed a three-year contract with the Jaguars and was represented by Henry.

Henry said the firm is building the sports law practice to “represent players, not only with the NFL team, but also … life after the league.”

She said the average NFL player’s career lasts only a little more than three years.

And after the NFL career ends, players still will need legal advice on everything from real estate transactions to estate planning.

The firm, with its nearly 70 attorneys, could also assist the player with endorsement and licensing negotiations and protection of trademarks.

“We can not only meet [the players’] agency needs, but also all the other legal needs they have,” Henry said.

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