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Legal protection for creative professionals, cultural institutions, and non-profits


If you need a legal guide to start a production company, resolve a dispute, draft an understandable agreement, clarify the meaning of a contract, and much more, Lehmann PLC can help. See our full list of legal services

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Who we serve

We commonly work with film and network television producers, visual and graphic artists, and cultural and non-profit institutions. Find out more about common legal services we offer for:

How we structure contracts and payments

As a small firm, we are committed to providing the level of legal services you need to accomplish your particular goals. If you are looking for ongoing monthly legal advice or have a one-time project, we will work to find the best fit for your legal needs.

We provide legal protection when you are...

Creating new things

  • Artist commissions
  • Agent/rep agreements
  • Budgeting
  • Commitment letters
  • Commissioning agreements
  • Composer agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-competes
  • Contracts with key personnel: producer, writer, director, etc.
  • Co-production agreements
  • Copyright, trademark and title searches, legal opinions and registration
  • Corporate formation
  • Development agreements
  • Development grants and loans
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee/independent contractor issues
  • Finishing funds and completion
  • Investor deal letters
  • Investor financing
  • Leases: property and equipment
  • Literary and concept options and purchase agreements
  • Music footage and other rights clearances
  • Music licensing
  • Post-house agreements
  • Private placement memorandums
  • Producer agreements
  • Product placements
  • Production insurance
  • Production services agreements
  • Public art grants
  • Releases: location, material, personal, and property
  • Script-writing agreements
  • Sponsorship underwriting and grant funding
  • Story/life rights
  • Submission letters
  • Talent agreements
  • Union requirements

Using your work

  • Acquisition and licensing
  • Artist/gallery consignment
  • Commissioning issues
  • DVD/Video distribution
  • Errors and omissions insurance
  • Liability: defamation, invasion of privacy, first amendment, and news reporting
  • Licensing, merchandising, and ancillary: soundtrack, educational A/V, foreign broadcast, toys and games, and publishing
  • Sales tax issues
  • Sales rep agreements
  • Self-distribution agreements
  • Shipping agreements
  • Theatrical distribution
  • Web-based charitable solicitations
  • Website creation, financing, and management

Protecting what you made

  • Artist and collector estate planning
  • Appraisals
  • Auctions and auction house agreements
  • Certificates of authenticity
  • Chain of title, authenticity, and provenance concerns
  • Copyright and trademark clearance concerns
  • Copyright, trademark, and patent registration
  • Cultural property concerns
  • Employment issues
  • Errors and omissions
  • Exhibition planning and design contracts
  • Import/export issues
  • Insurance issues
  • Licensing, merchandising, and publishing
  • Loan and acquisition agreements
  • Museum organization, governance, and management
  • Public art
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Title and trademark legal opinions
  • Website notices and disclaimers