Adam Wilson, Esq. | Art Law | Appellate Law | Lawyers, Artists, Creatives

Adam Wilson | Art Law + Federal Appellate Law | Artists | Creatives | Musicians | Writers | Nationwide | Portland Maine

Adam Wilson | Art Law | Federal Appellate Law | First Amendment | IP / Intellectual Property | Artist Rights | Federal Practice | Nationwide | Portland Maine | Adam Daley Wilson is an attorney, lawyer, mediator, artist, and public speaker.


1. aRT LAW

Serving artists and creatives:

  • I offer legal services to artists and creatives of all kinds, at all stages of their careers, including visual artists, photographers, musicians and bands, writers, designers, artist-run galleries, arts organizations, artist-curators, creative-run startups, and artist-entrepreneurs.

  • My goal as a fellow creative — I’m both a lawyer and an emerging visual and conceptual artist — is to be a top-level lawyer for creatives who is accessible, approachable, and affordable.

Areas include:

  • Advice regarding art law, intellectual property (IP), and art / creative-related contracts, with an emphasis on protecting the rights of artists and creatives through proactive guidance and advice, problem solving, contract drafting and advising, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution, most importantly mediation.

  • Advice to all artists and all creatives at all stages of their careers on matters involving copyright, trade dress, trade secrets, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, licensing, fair use analysis, appropriation and infringement analysis, public art commissions, artist residencies, free speech, First Amendment, censorship, authentication, moral rights, the disputes that artists and creatives encounter, such as artist-gallery disputes, and the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.

  • Advice regarding art law theory, and art as law theory, regarding creative structuring of sales with respect to pricing, secondary markets, equity to artists upon resale, conceptual ownership, and other leading-edge contract structuring for artists and creatives.

  • The practice is based in counseling, advising, contract drafting, and mediation — not litigation, except in circumstances where it truly makes sense for the artist or creative entity.

Flexible cost:

  • Generally, $350 / hour with substantial discounts, up to 50%, for qualifying clients (emerging artists + creatives, non-profits, early startups, others). Sliding-scale, by-the-project, and flat rates are also available. I offer many pricing options because I’m an emerging artist myself. Let’s chat to find pricing that fits your needs.

  • Not all questions require legal advice. Many art-business-law issues require practical common sense. For such questions, I offer a practical guidance rapid response service, with reduced rates, here.

art law OVERVIEW:

  • I serve artists + creatives. You can be at any career stage, including emerging artists;

  • Subject areas include:

    • Intellectual property (IP), copyright, fair use, appropriation, and related issues;

    • Artist and artwork legacy / archive planning;

    • Contract review, analysis, negotiation, and drafting;

    • Protection of freedom of expression, free speech, and other artist rights, including moral rights and censorship issues;

    • Issues regarding public commissions, public art, residencies, exhibitions, performances, and art school / design school issues;

    • Other constitutional, statutory, and common law rights of artists + creatives;

    • Dispute prevention, lawsuit avoidance, and the mediation of disputes and lawsuits (known as alternative dispute resolution, or ADR).

  • I offer a separate reduced rate non-legal guidance service to artists + creatives regarding practical art-law-business questions. More here.

  • Recent matters that I have handled: IP and copyright advice for an artist-curator; moral rights analysis with an art consulting firm for a visual artist; practical protection strategies to preserve an artist’s unique math-based art process; advising a fashion model on image rights under a modeling contract; and advising an artist regarding art process rights under a teaching contract.General FAQs about art law are here.

  • Licensed in California, the District of Columbia, and Maine. My disclaimer is here.

2. Media law and entertainment law

  • I also offer certain intellectual property law services with respect to media law, sometimes referred to as entertainment law. Examples are issues involving copyright, licensing, releases, the “Right of Publicity”, and related issues such as defamation and First Amendment issues under the U.S. Constitution.

  • My services here are transaction-based, focusing on contract drafting, counseling, and negotiation in relation to technology. Subject matter areas include theater and stage (collaborator agreements, venue agreements); modeling; multimedia (podcasts, streaming, emerging distribution platforms); licensing, rights, and other IP issues regarding the creation and distribution of content.

  • I do not provide other services associated with media law and entertainment law such as trademarks, employment law, labor law, financing / securities law, tax law, or similar.

  • Licensed in California, the District of Columbia, and Maine. My disclaimer is here.

  • Flexible cost: Similar to art law services above, generally $350 / hour with substantial discounts, up to 50%, for qualifying clients (emerging creatives, non-profits, early startups). Sliding-scale, by-the-project, and flat rates are also available. Let’s chat to find pricing that fits your needs.

3. fEDERAL APPELLATE LAW and writing for lawyers


  • For all lawyers: Outsourced and freelance writing services — appeals, briefs, motions, and legal writing for lawyers, attorneys, and law firms. Details and cost / rates here.

  • An emphasis on complex and difficult issues arising under federal statutes, federal common law, intellectual property law, and constitutional law, including questions of first impression at the trial and appellate levels.

  • Flexible cost: Let’s chat.

writing for lawyers representing artists + creatives:

  • Litigation and trial-level strategy, appellate strategy, and related services for artists and creatives, through their attorneys, regarding litigation of issues impacting artists and creatives in federal and state courts. For example, cases with significant and/or Constitutional Law issues and amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs.

  • Examples include writing and advising on key litigation motions, briefs, appeals, amicus curiae briefs, and settlement strategy in trial and ADR contexts.

  • My experience is here and my disclaimer regarding these services is here. Licensed in Maine, California, and the District of Columbia.

  • Flexible cost: Let’s chat.

ADAM WILSON LAW | ART LAW |  FEDERAL APPELLATE LAW | Legal writing for lawyers and law firms