Forte's representatives hired by New York-based law firm

Forte's representatives hired by New York-based law firm
November 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

To cope with a flat market across the nation, a New York-based law firm called Kelley Drye & Warren is beginning to hire attorney's who's clients consistent of professional athletes.

Adisa Bakari, chair of the Sports Entertainment Group, and Jeffery Whitney are both attorneys and sports agents who were among the few recently hired by the firm, which is best known for bankruptcy, tax and estate law.

And one of their clients is Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.

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“We view [athletes] as high net-worth clients, as executive clients,” Bakari told the Washington Post. “We sell long-term success and business protection.”

Bakari and Whitney are big advocates of NFL players getting support once their career is over. A study estimated 80 percent of NFL players have become broke or bankrupt within three years after retiring.

The agents stress their approach of guiding professional athletes to their second career, once their playing days are over.

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“A kid being drafted shifts the financials for the family,” Bakari said. “We get them to look at themselves as an executive who runs their own business.”

Among Bakari and Whitney's other clients in the NFL are Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster, Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

You can check out the full story written by the Washington Post here.