Mark Humenik is Vice President and General Counsel of Athletes First. He is a certified agent in both football and baseball, and further assists in the firm’s representation of professional and college coaches and sports broadcasters, where he utilizes his extensive contract negotiation and analytical skills to maximize benefits for Athletes First clients.
Mark was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his B.B.A. in 1992 from the University of Notre Dame with a dual concentration in finance and accountancy, and then his J.D. in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After graduating from Case Western as a Merit Scholar and a member of the prestigious Law Review, Mark served as an associate for six years with a prominent Cleveland law firm, where his responsibilities included the representation of private sector clients in labor relations, employment litigation, and day-to-day counseling on general labor and employment matters. He joined Athletes First in 2001 as the company’s General Counsel, and is responsible for handling all the firm’s various legal matters. Over the course of his extensive legal career, Mark has represented clients involved in litigation before state and federal courts throughout the United States, while also serving as lead counsel for clients in a number of private arbitrations. Mark also has represented Athletes First clients in various legal-related matters, including disciplinary appeals involving the NFL Commissioner’s Office and grievance hearings arising under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. He routinely negotiates endorsement contracts and reviews playing contracts on behalf of Athletes First clients as well.
Mark is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association, as well a member of the state bars of California (active) and Ohio (inactive). He also serves as a part-time adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco’s Sports Management graduate degree program in Southern California where he teaches a course on Athlete Representation, and he is a frequent speaker on sports law topics as well.
Mark, his wife Laura, their son Emmet, and daughters Darci and Jacqueline currently reside in Orange, CA.