Caselist

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 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

17495 – NEW CASE
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft and negotiate a contract with two co-producers for a comedy television series.

17468
Client, an actress and model, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a talent agreement to use for future projects.

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.

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

 

Literary

17478 
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an assignment of rights and release agreement for a friend who made a contribution to Client’s graphic novel.

 

Music

17489 – NEW CASE
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate an agreement with a Miami-based music producer.

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

 

Theater

17480 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit theater company that produces stage readings of plays, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a standard contract to give to playwrights who participate in Client’s programs.

17425 
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

17450 – On Review
Client, an artist and painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a licensing agreement to sub-license her work to manufacturers, file an amendment to her LLC, and create an operating agreement.

17393 – On Review
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.

 

Music

17380 – On Review
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

17462
Client, a small theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a demand letter regarding the unauthorized use of photographs on their website.

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.

17351
Client, a playwright who has written a play based on historical events in Germany during World War II, seeks the assistance of an attorney familiar with German law to analyze potential risks related to the historical figures’ rights of publicity.

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
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.

 

Corporate

 

Film/TV

17481 – NEW CASE
Client, a freelance art designer for film production, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC.

 

Music

17442 – On Review
Client, a content creator and one half of a comedy duo, seeks advice regarding the ownership in a creative partnership with another content creator.

 

Disputes

 

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

17488 – NEW CASE
Client, a screenwriter and film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate compensation for a film that Client co-wrote and produced.

17433
Client, a freelance film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in pending litigation against a former collaborator (Civil Court, New York County).

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
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.

 

Music

17457 – On Review
Client, a musical artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover master sound recordings from a music producer who refuses to return the files that he assisted Client in recording, mixing, and mastering.

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.

16939 – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, an accomplished musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation and credit for contributions to several songs released by a high-profile R&B performer.

 

Photography

17441
Client, a photographer who published a book of his artwork, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter to the book’s publisher for an accounting of book sales and to recover any royalties owed.

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
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

17476 – NEW CASE
Client, a sculptor whose artwork was installed at a major New York City cultural institution, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate with the institution, which claims to have lost the sculpture.

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 October 27, 2021 (Surrogate’s Court, Ulster County).

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.

 

Employment

 

Dance

17465 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit dance company and educational organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and update its employment contracts.

 

Photography

17217
Client, a photographer who teaches online courses, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a Volunteer Agreement.

 

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.

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

17430 – On Review
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.

 

Music

17486 – On Review
Clients, husband-and-wife classical musicians, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating through the cultural and transformative power of classical music, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

17392 – On Review
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 – On Review
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 – On Review
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 – On Review
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 – On Review
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

 

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

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

 

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