Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:58 PM

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Please remember that cases are sometimes unavailable as already on review by another attorney. The Case List marks these cases as "On Review." Occasionally, these cases may return to the list if not placed with the reviewing attorney, who has one week to accept or return the case. As many VLA cases are placed very quickly, we encourage you to include at least two cases in your case requests. 

Who We Serve
VLA serves low income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, film, design, and literature. Whether artists are looking to start a non-profit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. VLA meets the artist before a case can be listed on our case list to confirm that they meet VLA’s financial and substantive guidelines. Further explanation of our financial and substantive qualification guidelines is available upon your request.


Table of Contents

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

Contract - Back to Top

14246 - On Review
Client, a photographer, shot a film for a cinematographer. Client seeks legal assistance negotiating compensation for her footage upon release of the film.

A Spanish speaking-only musician seeks a volunteer attorney to represent his interests in a breach of contract and a possible copyright infringement by a music arranger.

Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

14121 - On Review
Client is a designer seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.

Client is a documentary filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.

Client is a film maker seeking legal assistance negotiating with a former employee who is using footage from client's project without the client's permission.

Client, an artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on issues of defamation, confidentiality and trademark in relation to an experimental art installation, and to draft a contract for the acceptance or rejection of a gift to certain public, private and university libraries for use in the installation.

*** Client, a New York-based musician, seeks an attorney to help her negotiate a lump-sum payout with a client for whom she arranged songs and provided vocals.

*** Client is musician who is looking for assistance drafting a contract for rights to songs that she co-wrote.

*** Client, a musician, is collaborating on a revue of songs composed by a composer and lyricist. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to assist in negotiating licenses and clearances with the lyricist, a film studio, and a music licensing house for the use of the composer's music.

14283 - On Review
Client, a New York based LLC, is currently establishing an internet radio business. Client seeks an attorney to assist with drafting the subscriber, contributor and terms of use agreements.

Copyright - Back to Top

Client is a filmmaker seeking assistance recovering footage from the director of photography on a short film.

*** Client, a book writer to a musical, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney in negotiating a Collaboration Agreement with the composer and lyricist of a musical.

14196 - On Review
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on the copyright eligibility of her street performance work and to assess whether another artist has infringed her work.

Client, the director of an all- female theater group, seeks volunteer attorney to help her negotiate the intellectual property rights of a play with her former partner and a third party.

14175 - On Review
Client, a fine artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to help him recover compensation for the unauthorized use of a photograph of his painting in apartment listing advertisements.

Corporate - Back to Top

14284 - On Review
Film production company seeks to incorporate as an LLC.

14119 - On Review
Client, an independent film producer, wishes to organize an LLC and prepare offering materials to raise $500,000 to finance a film.

Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top

13699 - On Review
Client seeks legal representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.

Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

14297 - On Review
Client, a film producer, is seeking an attorney to assist him with settling or litigating a contract dispute regarding payment for the making of a series of films.

Client, a filmmaker, working on a documentary about Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan seeks assistance defending a lawsuit brought by his co-producer. The case was filed in New Jersey.

Client, an artist, seeks an attorney to negotiate a settlement for stolen video equipment left in the care of hotel staff while visiting New York. The hotel has taken responsibility for the loss, and Client is seeking a pro bono attorney to help assess damages and negotiate a settlement.

Client, a writer, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter for specific performance, or alternatively, reimbursement of monies paid to adverse party under a writer for hire contract for the editing, publishing and promotion of a book.

Client, an actor, seeks a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership and negotiate a potential buyout of the company. He also seeks to recover misappropriated corporate assets.

14287 - On Review
Client, a New York designer, seeks an attorney to assist in enforcing her rights under a licensing contract she has with a housewares company.

Employment - Back to Top

*** Client, a theater lighting designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiating breach of existing employment contract with theater and assist client in drafting agreements for future projects.

*** Client, a visual artist, seeks an attorney to assist with drafting a demand letter to former employer, for receiving past wages and requesting reinstatement.

Immigration - Back to Top

Client, a filmmaker, seeks assessment of Permanent Resident Card qualifications and assistance with the application, if recommended.

Client, a performance artist, on OPT seeks assistance filing an O-1 visa application.

Client, an actor, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.

Client, a dancer/singer/actress who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.

Non-Profit - Back to Top

Client, a group devoted to developing public interest in traditional folklore and customs of immigrant communities, seeks legal assistance registering as a not-for-profit corporation and obtaining tax-exempt status federally and in New York.

Client is a 40-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Celtic Culture. Client has not applied for 501(c)(3) status. Client seeks legal assistance updating its bylaws due to the NY Revitalization Act, and determine whether it should apply for 501(c)(3) status.

Patent - Back to Top

*** Client, a makeup artist, is seeking an attorney to assist with assessing the patentability of a brush cleaning device, and filling for a utility patent, if patentable.

*** Inventor created an invention for derby car races and seeks assistance assessing the patentability of his invention and filing for a patent if possible. Client first published his invention in January 2014.

Client developed a new type of dog food, and wants help assessing the patentability of the recipe, and filing the patent application.

14298 - On Review
Inventor created a new method of extending the charge cycle of electric cars and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing for a patent, if applicable.

Client invented a device that quickly bends wood and seeks a patent attorney to assess the patentability of the invention, and apply for a utility patent if applicable. Client disclosed his invention at a conference and published the invention on his website in October 2013.

Client invented a beach object and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility or design patent, if applicable.

Client, inventor of a new type of planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.

Client invented a novelty cigar punch device and seeks an attorney to assist him with applying for a utility patent.

Client, the inventor of a multi- functional lighting device, seeks the assistance applying for a non-provisional utility patent. Client has already filed a provisional patent for the device.

Client is seeking assistance in gaining a patent for a music invention.

Client, invented a detection device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent application if possible.

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top

Client, a theater company, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist them in complying with building regulations associated with an application for a liquor license.

Client is a not-for-profit foundation that owns a landmark building structure, and seeks legal assistance obtaining compensation for damage caused to the structure by Adverse Party.

Trademark - Back to Top

14307 - On Review
Client, a fashion apparel company, seeks assistance defending pending lawsuit and representing it in settlement negotiations. A complaint was filed, but client has not yet been served.

14020 - On Review
Client is a film company seeking to register logo and word marks for its company and film names.