Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, August 15, 2017
VLA’s office will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25

Available Cases

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Some cases may be on review with another attorney. As one case can only be on review with one attorney at a time, cases marked as “On Review” are not currently available. However, these cases may return to the list if not accepted by the reviewing attorney, so please indicate your interest so that your name may be added to the queue in the event the case becomes available.

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Contract
Copyright
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Employment
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts, or Estates

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

15806 – On Review
Client, a film producer and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of a contract with a friend who is financing client’s film.

15753 – On Review
Client, a creative director and choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a license agreement for the life rights of a deceased, well-known, hip-hop DJ, in order to develop a film about his life.

 

Literary

15853 – New Case – On Review
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a license agreement for the rights to adapt her memoir into a theatrical work.

 

Mixed

15744 – On Review
A not-for-profit artists’ workspace, having completed mediation to negotiate the terms of its Founders’ retirements, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft the final separation agreements.

15743
Client, a sound engineer, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney in negotiating an agreement concerning the use of an antique recording that the Client has restored.

 

Music

15864 – New Case
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assert her rights under a contract with a production company.

15817 – New Case
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a formal agreement memorializing royalty percentages between himself, his co-writer, and his producer.

15790 – On Review
Client, a well-known, old-school hip hop artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover past due royalties and negotiate a new agreement with the company that currently possesses his music catalogue.

 

Theater

15847 – New Case – On Review
Client, a music arranger, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a collaboration agreement for his work on a folk opera that is moving to Broadway.

 

Visual

15841 – New Case
Client, a not-for-profit organization with a mobile art display that will travel to eight different cities via bus, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft documents for host organizations.

15836 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance negotiating a payment plan with her Boston-based gallery which owes her compensation for sold artworks.

15828 
Client is a painter who published a book of her work with a Miami-based publisher. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel the publisher to deliver books contractually promised to her.

Copyright

 

Film/TV

15860 – New Case
Client, the creator of a music-themed web series about a music band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate copyright and trademark licenses for use of band-member quotes and trademarks.

15587 – On Review
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a fair use opinion letter for the purpose of procuring producer’s errors and omissions insurance (“E&O Insurance”).

 

Literary

15665
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter to the estate of her former partner, and joint copyright holder, to facilitate an accounting of past financial records and to ensure future royalty payments.

15585
Client, an author and screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a letter to a publishing company and author regarding a potentially infringing novel with substantial similarities to Client’s screenplay. The statute of limitations on Client’s claim may be running out in May 2017.

 

Music

15831 – New Case
Client, a company that conducts a traveling oral history project, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify the copyright ownership of their oral history recordings, which they work with various institutions to produce and archive.

 

Music

15811 – New Case
Client, a musician and composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate copyright licenses for use of other artists’ lyrics in his songs.

15638 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist Client in demanding an accounting and payment of royalties and negotiating credit for use of the song in a Broadway musical.

 

Photography

15838 – New Case 
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his ownership rights in a photograph that he took of a renowned photographer and, if advisable, to pursue compensation for the sale of the photograph.

 

Visual

15856 – New Case
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond the offering of his original works that are being offered for sale on an online auction site without his permission. Client does know who made the unauthorized works and whether any have sold.

15799 
Client, a photographer who created an art installation with sourced photographs, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a licensing agreement for her use of the photographs.

Corporate

 

Fashion

15815 – New Case
Client, a jewelry designer dissolving an LLC with her business partners, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine her rights, and assist her in asserting those rights, as appropriate.

 

Mixed

15725 – On Review
Client is an author, performance and teaching artist, seeking advice on whether to form a non-profit or for-profit company, and assistance in drafting and filing the appropriate documents.

 

Music

15812 – New Case – On Review
Client, the lead singer of an Americana/folk-rock band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for his band.

 

Photography

15845 – On Review
Client, a photographer and sole proprietor of a photography business, is seeking the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC.

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

15708
Client, a fashion designer, seeks representation to resolve a dispute with his business partner, a materials designer. Client seeks to negotiate the business partner’s purchase of Client’s fully vested equity and resolution of conflicts over the corporation’s finances.

15628 – On Review
Client, a designer of high-end handbags and women’s accessories, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the balance of a delinquent payment for handbag design services rendered.

 

Film/TV

15518 – On Review
Client, the director of a documentary film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue injunctive relief against his partner and to dissolve their LLC. Client has actively engaged in settlement negotiations with the partner, who has opted to pursue the matter in court.

15499
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement between Client and former business partner.

15537
Client, a retired professor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel a documentary filmmaker to fulfill his oral contract by providing copies of footage and photographs he took of the professor and her property.

15224
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a copyright claim against a film distributor.

15106 – On Review 
Client, a media producer, seeks the assistance of an attorney in recouping back pay owed by an employer.

 

Literary

15861 – New Case
Client is an author whose book has been removed from an online platform for copyright infringement, despite the fact that she has removed the content at issue from the work. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to communicate with the publisher to reinstate Client’s book.

15809 
Client is the daughter-in-law of a notable actor, author, and radio celebrity, now deceased. Client seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to help her collect past due royalty payments inherited from Client’s late father-in-law’s publication of a book on hypnosis.

 

Music

15859 – New Case
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of his release from a management agreement with a record company.

15706
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce her rights against a producer who has breached an agreement with Client, by drafting a demand letter and pursuing litigation, if appropriate.

15684 – New Case
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim against a well-known musical performer.

15563
Client, a composer and music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with receiving compensation from someone who has failed to pay. Client also seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify his intellectual property rights to his composed work.

15520
Client, a composer and producer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiations with a former client over intellectual property rights and payment collection.

15453
Client, a vocalist and founding member of a rock band, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in an ongoing civil suit brought by the owner of a record label company. The case is taking place in Cayuga County.

 

Photography

15769
Client, a Japanese photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover money from his agent for work he completed in October and November 2016. Client believes he is owed $18,000.

15510
Client, a Los Angeles-based photographer, seeks assistance in drafting a settlement demand letter to recover expenses from high- profile, New York-based photo subjects who withdrew from a photography project.

 

Visual

15770 
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to send a letter to online merchants that are using Client’s artwork on their products and to take further action against these parties, if advisable.

15758
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand the return of her paintings from previous employer.

15438
Client, a freelance lighting and video/projection designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation owed for design and installation projection work created for a musical theater production.

15433
Client, freelance graphic/website designer and developer seeks a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation for design and development work performed for a website that he co-founded.

15411
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate payment or return of two sculptures which Client consigned to a real estate developer.

Employment

Immigration

 

Dance

15479
Client, a dancer whose current work authorization expires in June 2017, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the best course of action for him to secure a green card.

 

Fashion

15376 
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Film/TV

15733 – On Review
Client, an actress from Romania, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney with her third O-1 visa renewal. Client’s current visa expires on September 16, 2017.

15713
Client, an actor from Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the best course of action for her to secure a green card.

 

Theater

15448
Client, an actor from Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa or a green card.

Mediation

Non-Profit

 

Theater

15857 – New Case – On Review
Client, a non-for-profit organization that promotes theater to young audiences, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

15789 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization that promotes storytelling, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization, if advisable.

15788 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit theatre company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft the terms and conditions of their website.

 

Visual

15748 – On Review
Client, an organization devoted to promoting the work of a Cuban artist and providing academic scholarships for students, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Dance

15245 – On Review
Client, a dance instructor and the owner of a children’s dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in an ongoing dispute with the studio’s landlord.

 

Visual

15862 – New Case
Client, a not-for-profit organization that provides workspaces for emerging artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help them take the necessary measures to purchase their current facility.

Trademark

 

Visual

15852 – New Case – On Review
Client, the inventor of a toy action figure, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for the name of the toy.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

15576 – On Review
Client, a dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to transfer assets into an existing living trust.

 

 

Visual

15863 – New Case
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

15850 – New Case
Client, a French-born painter living in New York City, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise her will.

15819
Client, an installation artist and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

15818 – New Case
Client, an artist and university professor with an extensive art collection, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and name a healthcare proxy.

15779
Client, an accomplished painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, a living will, and health care proxy.