Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday November 26, 2019

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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

16760 – On Review
Client, the founder of a start-up online platform that hosts dance tutorial video content, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a privacy policy and terms of service for her digital platform.

 

16731
Client, the founder of a start-up online platform that hosts dance tutorial video content, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft employment contracts for contributors to the platform.

 

Film/TV

16836
Client, a documentary filmmaker whose latest film explores the local aftermath of the closure of a U.S. weapons plant, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise an agreement with a music composer for her film.

16834
Client, a film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise a production agreement with the director of a documentary.

16826
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and revise various release forms for subjects of a film on Litefeet dance culture, as well as a contract with his partner.

 

Literary

16805 – On Review
Client, a journalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract for the sale of his interview audio recordings.

 

Music

16819 – On Review
Client, a music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an artist management contract with a singer discovered in Russia.

16817
Client, a singer and composer with a background in traditional Balkan and Mediterranean music, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise and negotiate a contract for her work on a collaborative track with the co-writer and producer of the song.

16815
Client, a bassist in a futuristic chamber-folk group, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a management agreement with a record label.

16784
Client, a music producer whose album of traditional Jewish songs are adapted and translated for a wider audience, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to update payment terms in an existing work-for-hire agreement with a lyricist.

 

Visual Arts

16764 – On Review
Client, an award-winning conceptual and visual artist who is often commissioned to install works in public spaces, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a template agreement that will protect his copyright interests in future projects.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16822 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter and filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft release agreements to secure the intellectual property rights to her script and web series.

 

Theater

16783 – NEW CASE
Client, the author of a musical that explores semi-fictionalized stories of historical figures, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the draft script to identify instances of potential copyright infringement and to offer advice concerning fair use.

 

Corporate

 

Film/TV

16778 – On Review
Client, a content creator developing a video platform to provide resources for individuals in prison, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a corporate entity for the venture.

 

Music

16833 – On Review
Client, a Brooklyn-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for her music production business and assign the rights in her recent album to the LLC.

 

Disputes

 

Dance

16835
Client, a choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the removal of a social media post that Client alleges has caused damage to his reputation.

 

Film/TV

16775
Client, a filmmaker and creator of a screenplay and short film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate the strength of a copyright infringement claim and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

16703 – On Review
Client, a freelance consulting television producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation for services rendered to a media corporation.

16608
Client, a freelance copywriter and independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess his rights regarding the unauthorized use of his ideas and materials in various commercial advertisements, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

16606
Client, a graduate film student, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the final installment of a grant awarded in a competition hosted by a not-for-profit institution.

16588
Client, a student filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in recovering the final installment of a grant that was awarded but not disbursed.

16409
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie project.

 

Performance

16823
Client, a New York-based writer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address claims of copyright infringement, breach of contract, and misappropriation of personality, against a foreign company that exceeded the geographical scope of a license.

 

Theater

16800
Client, a Francophone playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue payment for work done with a producer in New York.

16772
Client, a well-known acting teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand payment of money owed to her by a long-established acting school in New York City.

16556
Client, a New Jersey-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement related to the unauthorized use of a trademark.

 

Literary

16752
Client, a dancer and the author of a fitness guide, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a self-publishing company regarding the payment of royalties.

 

Music

16763 – On Review
Client, a DJ and event promoter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to challenge the unauthorized use of a trademark and logo.

16756
Client, a well-known rock musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove counterfeit albums and merchandise from an online seller.

16736
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand evidence of work completed under a management and representation agreement.

16653
Client, a music producer and record label owner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to provide an assessment of the Client’s rights against a French record label that distributed music under a license agreement signed prior to the assignment of copyright to the Client.

16559
Client, a singer, songwriter and producer in the 1970s and 1980s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a claim for royalties derived from a sound recording and musical composition of a popular song.

16557
Client, a Brooklyn-based musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement and recover money owed to Client.

16164 – On Review
Client, a jazz musician, who filed a complaint in NY Supreme Court alleging various causes of action, including defamation and tortious interference with economic gain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in the pending lawsuit.

 

Visual Arts

16807 – On Review
Client, a Brooklyn-based figurative painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover money and/or seek an apology from the owners of a now-defunct former art gallery, which Client believes misrepresented the sales and handling of his consigned works.

16806 – NEW CASE
Client, a freelance graphic designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to communicate with a beer brewery that is using a logo Client designed without his permission.

16767
Client, a performance artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with the recovery of artwork from a curator, or to demand compensation for the work.

16693
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

16657
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover artwork from a former agent, or to receive compensation for the work.

16652
Client, a toy designer who contracted a prototyping company to create a prototype of his design, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover a refund after the company failed to complete Client’s prototype as agreed.

16599
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address a commercial gallery’s breach of contract following the gallery’s failure to pay fabrication fees to a third party, failure to pay for a sculpture, and miscalculation of commissions due on two previous sales.

16451
Client, a font designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to commence a claim against a design agency for the breach of an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

16384
Client, a visual artist and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate compensation for a California university’s unauthorized use of his designs in promotional material.

 

Employment

 

 

Immigration

 

Dance

16796 – On Review
Client, a ballet dancer featured in the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa renewal application and to advise on the prospects of obtaining a Green Card. Client’s O-1 visa expires in April 2020.

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

16770 – On Review
Client, a hip hop organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Literary

16809 – On Review
Client, an organization that strives to make poetry accessible through the medium of film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Theater

16517 – On Review
Client, a non-for-profit organization, seeks legal assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise their current online privacy policy.

 

Visual Arts

16829

Client, an organization that provides consulting services and resources for artists of color in the Bronx, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, obtain tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual Arts

16693
Client, a New York City-based visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a commercial lease dispute currently in New York State Supreme Court regarding, among other things, subleasing of the Premises, and owing of rent at holdover rate as stipulated in the lease.

 

Trademark

 

Fashion

16830 – On Review
Client, a designer of uniquely functional bags with plans to expand her business beyond the United States, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the availability of her business name as a trademark abroad and to register the trademark, as appropriate.

 

Film/TV

16804 – On Review
Client, the writer and director of a popular comedy web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark the name of the series, a key catchphrase, and a main character.

 

Literary

16850
Client, an established New York-based writer and motivational speaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to have the trademark for her brand reinstated after it lapsed in 2003.

 

Music

16808 – On Review
Client, a music producer, seeks to register trademarks for his artist name, apparel brand name, and logos for use in promoting his music.

16780 – On Review
Client, a jazz musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file for federal trademark protection for her new band name.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Literary

16496 
Client, the daughter of a famous children’s novelist and co-executor of her father’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a co-executor relating to the recovery of estate expenses and the distribution of estate property.

 

Photography

16811 – On Review
Client, a photographer with a career spanning nearly fifty years, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the extent of Client’s estate and prepare a will, living will, and a healthcare proxy.

 

Visual Arts

16718 
Client, a world-renowned, trailblazing artist, filmmaker and photographer seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the legality of an Irrevocable Supplemental Needs Trust Agreement governing an archive of her work, and determine the feasibility of alternative trust arrangements.

16481 
Client, the step-son of an English artist and scholar, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on a lawsuit related to his step-mother’s will, and to assist in recovering attorneys fees incurred by the estate.

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