Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

 

Dance

15754 – On Review
Client, a renowned tap dance performer, choreographer, and producer, seeks legal assistance in re-negotiating a licensing contract with a dance apparel company. In the event negotiations break-down, Client seeks representation in bringing a claim for damages resulting from breach of contract.

 

Film/TV

15753 – New Case – 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.

15690 – On Review
Client, a videographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights to a documentary film, and to negotiate an agreement with the film’s producer. The film’s first screening is in early July 2017.

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.

 

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 – On Review
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.

Copyright

 

Film/TV

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”).

15055
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance drafting a fair use opinion letter, in response to the removal of a video clip pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice for copyright infringement.

 

Literary

15665 – On Review
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

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.

 

Theater

15417
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a cease and desist letter from a former collaborator, with respect to a work that was inspired by the collaborator’s personal experiences.

Corporate

 

Film/TV

15652 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker and sole member of his production company, seeks to dissolve his company and transfer copyright ownership of his films to himself, as an individual. Client has produced over 20 films, some of which remain licensed to reputable television outlets

 

Mixed

15755 – New Case – On Review
Client, a theater director and writer, seeks assistance to form an LLC in relation to a book he is writing about the teachings of his mentor, a well-known theater director and educator.

 

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.

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
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
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.

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

15471
Client, an independent film maker, seeks a volunteer attorney to clarify his ownership in a work that he began on behalf of another company, which canceled the project before it was complete. Client wishes to revive the work in a new project.

15424 – On Review
Client, a renowned documentary filmmaker, seeks representation in an arbitration proceeding regarding an alleged copyright infringement and breach of contract.

15278
Client, a toy plane enthusiast who creates flight videos, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to bring suit against a YouTube user who has uploaded Client’s video without permission. Client has already engaged in DMCA takedown procedures to no avail.

15255
Client, a film screenplay writer and director, seeks assistance to receive credit and compensation for his contributions to a film collaboration.

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

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

 

Music

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

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

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

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.

15375
Client, a mixed media visual artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend her in a small claim brought by a subcontracted shipping company and to assist her in counterclaims against both the subcontractor and the contracted shipping company for failure to deliver her works to the designated destination as originally agreed.

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

15713 – On Review
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 – On Review
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

 

Film/TV

15732 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit documentary film production company that has ceased operations, seeks assistance the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

 

Mixed

15593
Client, an organization formed to create a public art installation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood that it would be granted tax-exempt status, and, if advisable, to register as a not-for-profit organization in New York, file for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Theater

15734
Client seeks assistance in forming a not-for-profit theater, acquiring tax exempt status, and drafting foundational documents. The not-for-profit organization will be dedicated to connecting audiences with integrity in theater through realism.

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Dance

15245
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.

Trademark

 

Theater

15741
Client, a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster creativity in vocal performance, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark its name and logo.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

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

 

Literary

15736
Client, a poet and art writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

15674
Client, a published poet, author, playwright, and professor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and healthcare proxy.

 

Mixed

15686 – On Review
Client, a retired actor and craftsman, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to re-draft his will, living will and health care proxy.

 

Photography

15737
Client, a celebrity photographer, seeks the assistance of an attorney to draft a will and other documents, with his assets primarily consisting of the photographic archives of his 30+ year career.