Caselist

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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

 

 

Contract

 

Dance

17378 – On Review
Client, a nationwide non-profit organization aiming to reduce the literacy gap for youth through the hybrid storytelling of dance and reading, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft contracts and documents with outside organizations and independent contractors.

 

Film/TV

17429 – NEW CASE 
Client, a filmmaker creating a documentary series about Black artists’ stories, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate her role in the project, which she will co-produce and direct.

17409 
Client, a filmmaker who is developing a documentary involving international parties, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement with the primary subject and template agreements for crew members.

17399
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a distribution agreement for his upcoming film.

17375
Client, a playwright whose one-woman show explores her youth as a first-generation immigrant in the British foster care system, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review a release form for the submission of her work for a film adaptation.

17371 
Client, a playwright who is producing a musical, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement with cast and crew.

 

Music

17427 – NEW CASE
Client, a hip hop artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement with other musicians.

17421 – NEW CASE
Client, a freelance audio engineer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft contract templates for his mixing, mastering and production services.

17324
Client, a music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a standard agreement for licensing his music to performers and other artists.

 

Theater

17425 – NEW CASE
Client, the owner and creative director of a theater and online content company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft employment and collaboration agreement templates for future productions.

 

Visual Arts

17393 
Client, a metal fabricator who constructs aluminum panels for a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract that will help limit his liability.

17364
Client, a comic book illustrator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate an agreement with an entertainment company.

17362
Client, a professional artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on the extent to which he can protect his personal artwork from employers’ intellectual property rights assignment clauses.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

17383
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain permission to use secondary source material in his screenplay about an historical production of Macbeth.

 

Game Design

17406 – NEW CASE
Client, a game designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a copyright application to protect her written storyline.

 

Music

17400 – NEW CASE
Client, a performer who wrote and recorded a comedic song based on a popular Broadway song, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain permission from the rightsholder(s) to use the original work.

17397 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, an alternative electronic musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a copyright infringement dispute with a former band member (Eastern District of New York).

17380
Client, a not-for-profit dance company that created a dance film responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain the necessary permissions to use pre-existing music, sound, and video in the film and for live performances in the future.

 

Theater

17408
Client, an actor and screenwriter who wrote an autobiographical screenplay, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of potential copyright and life rights infringement claims, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

17346 – On Review
Client, a playwright who has written a play based on historical events during World War II, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to do a comparative analysis of Client’s play and the primary sources she referenced to write the play, and to assess the risk of copyright infringement.

17308
Client, an experienced Broadway performer who also works as a real estate agent, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on his intellectual property rights in a workshop that he created.

 

Visual Arts

17428 – NEW CASE
Client, a designer and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights against a former client who is using his design without authorization, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

17268
Client, a multidisciplinary visual artist whose media includes drawing, video, mixed-media sculpture, and installation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess her rights with regard to other artists who have been appropriating her work, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Corporate

 

Photography

17349
Client, the owner of an historic Korean photo collection, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a limited liability company, and to draft a license agreement for the submission of photographic works.

 

Disputes

 

Cultural

17185 – On Review
Client, a Chicago-based organizer and activist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a non-profit organization for which she had been working for several years. Client seeks to negotiate payment for her services and recognition as a founder of the organization.

 

Dance

17070 
Client, the executive director of a not-for-profit theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former independent contractor who made damaging public statements about Client and the theater company.

 

Design

17360
Client, a co-founder of an architectural design company with which he is no longer involved, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to secure rights to material that he contributed to the company and to be compensated for his work.

17277
Client, a freelancer designer who was hired for a marketing and branding assignment, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment for work performed in full.

 

Film/TV

17377
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a high-profile musician who is obstructing the release of Client’s documentary.

17298 – NEW CASE
Client, an independent filmmaker and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a breach of contract dispute with a director hired to work on Client’s docuseries.

17296
Client, a screenwriter who developed a groundbreaking television show concept in the early 1990s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate a potential copyright infringement claim and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

17290
Client, a documentary film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute for non-payment of services.

17243
Client, a Haitian painter and arts educator based in New York City, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate potential claims against a New Jersey-based organization that is selling photographs of Client with his artwork, without Client’s permission, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Literary

17416
Client, the author of a self-published children’s book, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help recover royalty payments from the book’s publisher, and to advise on termination of the agreement.

17379
Client, the author of a Christian faith novel, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to understand her rights under a publishing contract.

17327
Client, an author of a memoir about his father, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover advance payment and payments due, and to terminate a publishing agreement signed with a New York publisher.

17261
Client, a freelance journalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess and enforce her intellectual property rights in a manuscript to which she contributed research, editing, and writing. Attorney would represent Client in mediation, if appropriate, and in all communications with the adverse party’s attorney.

17167
Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute related to her university’s failure to award her a specific degree major.

17036
Client, an author of young adult fantasy adventure novels, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate his contract with a publisher, and to reclaim rights in two novels that are currently owned by the publisher.

 

Music

17397 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, an alternative-electronica musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a copyright infringement dispute with a former band member (Eastern District of New York).

17369
Client, a songwriter and music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain royalties from two music streaming platforms.

17332
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover money owed by two music streaming platforms.

17330
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to regain the publishing rights to his musical composition, and to recoup royalties that are owed to him by a Swedish publishing company.

17295
Client, a musician and composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to secure royalties prescribed by the Ferrick v. Spotify class settlement. The funds are being held in escrow pending resolution of a discrepancy regarding Client’s ownership of certain songs.

17285
Client, a folk/soul band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve an ongoing dispute with a former band member over payment of royalties for both published and unpublished music, as well as merchandise profits. Client also seeks to determine intellectual property rights in the music, and to dissolve the band’s limited liability company.

17202
Client, a musician and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on how to remove unauthorized versions of his music from online stores and streaming platforms.

17148 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a music studio lessee, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent them in a lawsuit commenced by a landlord for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic (Supreme Court, New York County).

17029 – On Review
Client, a recording artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a music licensing agreement and have music removed from points of sale.

 

Photography

17361
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an image rights holder who is demanding payment for the unauthorized use of a photograph.

17344
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate with property management regarding an unreasonable charge for accidental water damage.

17263
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to facilitate her former partner’s withdrawal from an LLC or to dissolve the LLC and create a new entity. Client additionally seeks assistance in obtaining the rights to her former partner’s film and video footage.

 

Theater

17386 – On Review
Client, a well-known figure in the LGBTQ+ ballroom culture of the 1970s and 80s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to protect his moniker and persona. Client also seeks assistance evaluating his rights against a company that exploited his persona and to take action against the company, if appropriate.

 

Visual Arts

17370 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, the niece of a deceased photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to appeal a summary judgment motion removing her as the executor of the photographer’s estate. The deadline to perfect the appeal is September 27, 2021 (Surrogate’s Court, Ulster County).

17340
Client, a New York-based photographer and multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the return of his works from a gallery in New Mexico.

17333
Client, a creative studio space in Brooklyn, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover unpaid membership dues from two artists who abandoned their membership to the co-working space during COVID.

17311
Client, a New York-based visual artist who consigned to a home designer and stager several artworks for display in a model home in the Hamptons, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to retrieve the works or recoup their value.

17292
Client, a professional artist working in painting and new media, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former collaborator who is in breach of an agreement.

17280
Client, a well-known, multi-disciplinary conceptual artist who first achieved success in the 1960s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the return of his work and/or proceeds for the sales of his work from an art gallery.

17165
Client, a painter and the representative of a prolific visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with an art advisor who has failed to fulfill his obligations.

 

Employment

 

Theater

17329
Client, a not-for-profit theatre organization that works with children, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on their legal compliance requirements as a new employer, and to revise their governance documents.

17310
Client, a Broadway performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on an employment discrimination claim against his employer and union.

17186
Client, an actor and a children’s drama teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether he is owed money for services provided to an acting studio, and to assist client in recovering any money owed.

 

Theater

17426 – NEW CASE
Client, a non-profit organization working to establish best practices for hiring relationships between independent artists and non-profit arts organizations, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft boilerplate contracts that artists may use to enter work arrangements with one another.

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

17430 – NEW CASE
Client, the founder and director of a not-for-profit dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate the organization’s tax-exempt status, which was revoked in 2012.

17374
Client, a non-profit dance organization incorporated in Ohio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete an application for tax-exempt status, draft foundational documents, and file any necessary paperwork to register as a foreign entity doing business in New York.

 

Music

17401
Client, a festival that introduces contemporary Ukrainian musical compositions to new audiences, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents and performance contracts.

17392
Client, a local chapter of a national not-for-profit musicianship organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reclaim the organization’s tax-exempt status.

17372
Client, a New York not-for-profit organization that promotes brass orchestra traditions through performance and education, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to understand its legal obligations in launching a related program in New Jersey.

 

Theater

17341
Client, an organization that supports fine artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to verify the corporate compliance of two entities.

 

Visual Arts

17435 – NEW CASE
Client, an arts administrator and active proponent of the arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to creating opportunities for artists in New Jersey, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

17339
Client, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness for HIV/AIDS through the visual arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate its tax-exempt status, which was revoked in May 2019.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Music

17148 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a music studio lessee, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent them in a lawsuit commenced by a landlord for unpaid rent during the COVID-19 pandemic (Supreme Court, New York County).

 

Theater

17418 – NEW CASE
Client, the owner of an historic off-Broadway theater and museum in Manhattan, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise him through a potential foreclosure process.

 

Visual Arts

17278
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise him on his rights as a tenant of a live/work artists’ space.

 

Trademark

 

Visual Arts

17354 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a trademark to protect Client’s work.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

 

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