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.
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, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution, including 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.
Generally, $325 / hour with substantial discounts (up to 50%) for qualifying clients (students, 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.
Finally, 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.
2. fEDERAL APPELLATE LAW and writing for lawyers
WRITING SERVICES FOR all ATTORNEYS AND LAW FIRMS:
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.
writing for lawyers representing artists + creatives:
Litigation 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.
Examples include writing and advising on key litigation motions, briefs, appeals, amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs, and settlement strategy in trial and ADR contexts.