Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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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

16227 – On Review
Client, a former dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a license agreement for his foundation.

16166 – On Review
Client, a creator of instructional dance videos who believes that a distributor has breached one of their agreements, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review the contracts and to notify the distributor of the breach.

 

Film/TV

16204 – On Review
Client, a television/film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a life rights agreement with the subject of her film, and to draft an agreement with the film’s screenwriter.

16134
Client, a filmmaker who authored a web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a crew deal memo.

16131
Client, a filmmaker who authored a web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a Producer Agreement.

16119 – On Review
Client, a student filmmaker producing her first feature length film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a talent agreement with SAG-AFTRA actors in an ultra-low budget film.

 

Literary

16059 – On Review
Client, an author co-writing a romantic novel based on her personal correspondences with a partner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement.

 

Mixed

16278 – New Case
Client, a web developer, is owed 5 months of back-pay from an employer. Is seeking assistance to renegotiate their employment agreement.

 

Music

16225 – On Review
Client, an indie rock musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter, negotiate a settlement, or possibly litigate with his publisher, for a breach of contract.

16219 – On Review
Client, a score composer for films, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract for future commissions.

 

Theater

16157 – On Review
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement to supplement an existing contract with a collaborator, and to draft a new agreement with another collaborator.

16098
Client, a musical producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract with a potential front-money investor.

 

Visual

16090
Client, a multimedia installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract for the sale of three installations to collectors in France and Israel.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16228
Client, a film director and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a release agreement and a new screenwriter’s agreement.

16125 
Client, a documentary filmmaker producing a film about a drag and burlesque collective in Brooklyn, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain the rights to several songs featured in the film’s footage of subjects’ performances.

16043 
Client, a screenwriter whose former collaborator completed and released their joint project without Client’s participation or approval, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney evaluate her options, including mediation, in order to demand credit for the project or to have it removed from the internet.

Music

16236
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify her rights in an EP she created with a producer with whom she has lost contact.

Photography

16066 – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter for breach of a Creative Commons license by a major sports network in a broadcast, and by ongoing display of the images. The Creative Commons license requires that he be given attribution as the photographer, which the network failed to do.

 

Visual

16234 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address the infringement of tree guard designs she created for her residential street.

15856
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to the offering of his original works for sale on an online auction site without his permission.

 

Corporate

 

Film/TV

16299 – On Review
Client is a documentary film marker seeking assistance of a volunteer attorney to set up an LLC to protect an new film project she is currently working on.

16244
Client,  a small video production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC and potentially draft a separate film investor agreement.

16220 – On Review
Client, a television screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for his team of writers.

 

Theater

16168 – On Review
Client, a director and producer currently in the U.S. on a B-1 visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for a production company, and potentially a separate LLC for a theatrical production. Client also seeks advice regarding how her immigration status may affect her business.

16153
Client, a musical theater playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for her musical production.

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

16138 
Client, a sculptural hat designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim with a television network that features a very similar design in a new television series.

 

Film/TV

16265
Client, the screenwriter and director of a web series pilot, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract with to the series’ producer to establish their rights in the series.

16262
Client, a videographer and filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in obtaining payment that he is owed under a work-for-hire agreement.

16243 – On Review
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to address the unauthorized exploitation of her footage.

16239 
Client, a filmmaking non- profit, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in responding to a former collaborator who harassed a board member, filed an ethics complaint against Client and its president, and continues to speak disparagingly about Client in the filmmaking community.

16231 –  On Review
Client, a film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in recovering outstanding payment.

16181 – On Review
Client, a radio documentary producer whose work is featured in a documentary film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer IP litigator to draft a cease and desist letter, and to either negotiate a new license agreement or potentially bring a breach of contract claim against involved parties.

16144 
Client, a professional actress, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a workplace harassment and retaliation claim with a major media network.

16056
Client, the producer of a film about chemicals affecting his family in St. Louis, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with the co-producer to get credit for his work on the film.

16053
Client, a founding member of a media company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to navigate a dispute with his former business partner in regard to conflicting interests in their LLC.

16050
Client, a film director, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a dispute over his compensation in connection with a short film project.

15969
Client, a film producer who co-created a documentary about a music summer camp, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a business partner who has continued the project without Client’s participation or approval.

15777
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a director who used the client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

 

Literary

16247
Client, a visual artist and author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney, who is knowledgeable of the publishing industry, to assess his royalty statements, draft a demand letter requesting an audit, and to terminate a contract.

16121 – On Review
Client, the author of several well-known books, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute over the estate of her previous business partner. Client and her previous partner owned a joint copyright to the photographs in the books, which have been reproduced and licensed without her permission.

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

16013 
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute regarding funds that a publisher paid her under a contract, to regain intellectual property rights in the works covered under the parties’ contract, and to enforce her privacy rights which she believes her publisher has violated.

 

Music

16296 – New Case
Client, the founder of a music festival, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a previous business partner, determine his rights to the festival, and recover outstanding payments owed to him by his previous partner.

16282 – New Case
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to gain credit for the twelve years of work she did on behalf of a well-known jazz musician.

16164 – On Review
Client, a jazz musician, who filed a complaint in N.Y. Supreme Court alleging various causes of action, including defamation and tortious interference with economic gain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney, as his current attorney is relocating and cannot continue to represent him in this case. The next court date is August 16, 2018.

16158 – On Review
Client, a musician and singer-songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney with litigation experience to facilitate further negotiations or mediation with his former recording engineer and producer to retrieve master recordings and resolve a fee-related dispute. Client may ultimately need legal representation in litigation.

 

Photography

16211
Client, a professional photographer whose licensed photographs are being used outside the scope of the original license, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a settlement with the adverse party, or litigate, if situation cannot be resolved amicably.

16142
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a contractual dispute with a photographer with whom she collaborated on a project.

16011
Client, the recipient of a sizable photography grant, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former partner who received half of the grant to promote the project but failed to execute the work promised.

 

Theater

16163
Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter in response to the removal of his actor profile on a casting website.

16150
Client, a musical theater composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a copyright dispute with a former writing partner.

 

Visual

16273
Client, a community-focused public artist whose work is installed in a New York City park, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s claim of copyright infringement against a corporate art installation, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16267
Client, a visual artist located in Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney familiar with art law to retrieve artwork Client consigned to an individual in New York. Client also seeks an assessment as to the likelihood of financial compensation for a breach of an informal consignment agreement, and assistance pursuing relief if appropriate.

16261
Client, a sculptor of industrial works resembling natural organisms, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in resolving a dispute with her gallery concerning an accounting and return of Client’s works.

16246 – On Review
Client, a freelance graphic designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a letter to adverse parties in a copyright dispute, as well as assistance drafting work for hire and limited use license agreements for use in her business going forward.

16108
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a claim against a shipping company that potentially breached the parties’ contract, misrepresented the nature and quality of their shipping services, negligently damaged Client’s sculptures irreparably, and fraudulently induced Client into the agreement.

16175 – On Review
Clients, multi-media artists working in sound, image, text, installation and performance, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to stop the exhibition of a work that is very similar to Clients’.

 

Employment

16270 – New Case
Clients, a freelance writer for museum audio tours, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney specializing in employment law, regarding a confidentiality clause and potential non-compete policy with a production company.

 

Immigration

 

Dance

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

 

Film/TV

15920 
Client, a film director and professor from Greece, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15916
Client, a Canadian film producer working in the U.S. on an O1-B visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for 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.

 

Mixed

16188
Client, an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary digital media and installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to renew his O-1 visa and apply for a green card. Client’s current O-1 visa will expire in October 2018.

15917
Client, a Canadian architect, illustrator, game inventor and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O- 1 visa.

 

Music

16191 
Client, a lead singer of an internationally acclaimed music duo and solo performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renew her O-1 visa or apply for a green card.

 

Theater

16215 
Client, an actress and dialect coach, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a one-year extension of her O-1 visa by August 29, 2018 and to apply for a green card on an EB-1 visa.

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

 

Visual

16105 
Client, a Spanish journalist and the wife of a Spanish visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete the process of applying for either an I or an O3 visa.

 

Mediation

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

16189
Client, a former dancer who aims to create a scholarship find to provide artistic opportunities for underprivileged children, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Film/TV

16222 – On Review
Client, an organization that aims to provide a yearly forum for student filmmakers across the state of New York, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Mixed

16221 – On Review
Client, an organization dedicated to educating people about various forms of Asian art, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

16107 
Client, an organization dedicated to connecting artists and political activists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise the organization’s bylaws to better reflect the organization’s needs and to ensure compliance with current New York law.

Music

16223 
Client, an organization dedicated to exposing percussion chamber music to a wider audience, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft foundational documents and obtain 501(c)(3) status.

15972 – On Review
Client, a program that provides music instruction in assisted living facilities and senior centers, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity, apply for tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Theater

16079 
Client, an organization that develops site-specific theatrical productions, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain tax-exempt status and to advise regarding not-for-profit compliance.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

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Trademark

 

Fashion

16301 – New Case
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend him in a trademark infringement suit.

Visual

16201 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her online artwork storefront.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

16226 – On Review
Client, a former dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to create a trust and draft a living will, power of attorney, and healthcare proxy.

 

Photography

16269 – On Review
Client, a well-known photographer, seeks assistance in creating a trust to protect photographs he has taken throughout his career.

 

Visual

16248 – New Case
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and a health care proxy.

16217
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to establish a foundation to manage her art, and to revise her will appropriately.

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