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Don’t Panic! The Basics of Legal Disputes for Artists (CLE)

February 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Few things are as scary as receiving a notice that you’ve been sued.

In a perfect world this wouldn’t happen, but the reality is that just as much as we can sue, we can be sued. Through this program, artists and leaders of nonprofits will be empowered with helpful strategies to lessen the risk of legal disputes, as well as navigate small claims court and collect outstanding payments.

You’ll hear from experienced attorneys and former litigators Aaron Kleinmann and Laura Wnek, who will take you through the nuts and bolts of legal disputes and answer the most common questions that arise.

You’ll learn:

– What to do in response to being sued

– How to collect outstanding debts (large or small)

– The legal dispute (i.e. litigation) process in New York State courts as well as small claims court

This program will offer 1.5 Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys.

VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

$25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$150 Legal Professional VLA Member
$200 Legal Professional Non-Member
$130 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org.

Membership Discount Code:
For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive a membership discount code.

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.


Aaron Kleinmann, Senior Manager, Senior Counsel, Capital One Legal Department
Aaron joined Capital One in September 2015 as a member of the Special Assets legal team, handling bankruptcy and related collection litigation matters. Aaron is currently a member of the Commercial Litigation Group, responsible for handling a range of offensive and defensive litigation matters. Much of his time is focused on assessing pre-litigation risks for a variety of lines of business within Capital One’s Commercial Bank, as well as management of subpoenas & a variety of AML & regulatory issues. Aaron is also the proud head of Capital One’s New York-based pro bono program and sits on the board of the City Bar Justice Center, a 501c3 affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

Prior to joining Capital One, Aaron was a litigation associate at Herrick Feinstein, focusing on general commercial litigation, regulatory proceedings & employment-related disputes. Aaron attended Cardozo Law School and returned as a member of the adjunct faculty to teach “Lawyering & Legal Writing” in 2016. His interests include travel, hiking and live music.

Laura Wnek, Vice President, Head of Department for the Fiduciary Client Group at Sotheby’s
Laura Wnek joined Sotheby’s in 2019 as Vice President, Head of Department for the Fiduciary Client Group. She is responsible for the long-term strategic approach to the fiduciary community and works closely with attorneys, bankers and other fiduciaries on valuations for collection management, insurance, sale, charitable giving, and estate planning purposes.

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Laura was Deputy General Counsel at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where she worked on a broad range of strategic, programmatic, legislative and policy initiatives to fund and support nonprofits arts organizations and cultural institutions. Prior to working for the City of New York, Laura was an Associate in the Litigation Department and Art Law Group at Herrick Feinstein LLP, where she worked on complex commercial litigation and art law matters for collectors, galleries, museums and auction houses.

Laura received her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History.


February 24, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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