Ever since Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters shut down due to COVID back in March 2020, theater professionals have been confronting novel and challenging legal questions involving matters such as governmental mandates, health and safety guidelines, copyright infringement, union jurisdiction, insurance coverage, financial relief legislation, contracts, labor law, and refunds. This class will explore the major developments that have occurred in the New York theater during the shutdown (including the development of streaming digital content and various attempts to bring back live theater) and their direct and indirect legal ramifications.
This program provides 1.5 Professional Practice Continuing Legal Education Credit for attorneys (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).
Matthew Windman, Associate, Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
Matthew Windman’s practice focuses on challenging cases involving complex and toxic torts, labor law, defamation, products liability, contracts, insurance coverage, premises liability, and municipal corporations. Prior to joining Herzfeld + Rubin, Mr. Windman’s practice focused on motor vehicle and premises liability litigation on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of New York, and businesses insured by private carriers. He previously served as a fellow at the Center for New York City Law and a clerk for the Hon. Gerald Lebovits in the Civil Court of the City of New York.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Windman has written as a theater critic and arts journalist for the newspaper amNewYork since 2004. The Critics Say, his book about contemporary theater criticism in New York, was published by McFarland in 2016. He is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and a voter for the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards. Mr. Windman is particularly interested in theater law. He has prepared CLE presentations on theater law and related topics in entertainment law and has handled legal matters for industry professionals through organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.