Advocating for creative communities since 1996.
Lehmann PLC (formerly Lehmann Strobel PC) provides experienced legal and business affairs services to content creators of all kinds. Our clients create, use and protect creative and cultural content. They include independent film, television, radio and multimedia producers; media distributors including public, cable and network television broadcasters and radio stations; on-air talent; screenwriters; musicians; authors and publishers; photographers; graphic, visual and fine artists; art collectors and dealers; and cultural institutions including foundations, arts organizations and museums. Through the sound management of their creative and cultural assets, we help our clients achieve their goals.
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75 West Fifth Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Areas of Practice
documentary and feature film
The appetite for documentary and feature film content on traditional and new media platforms continues to grow at an incredible pace. We advise independent producers, production funders and service providers on all aspects of documentary and feature film production — from forming a production company, raising funds and securing rights and releases, to negotiating contracts, licenses and distribution deals, and preparing “fair use” legal opinions. If it has to do with entertainment law, we’ve done it.
Back in the day copyrights were mainly an after-thought. Today they are everything. The internet has also increased the importance of clearing and registering trademarks. And the law of privacy and publicity rights continues to evolve. Helping our clients protect and exploit their intellectual property, and providing guidance on how to legally use the creative work of others, including clearing rights, licensing intellectual property, and applying the law of “fair use,” is a large part of what we do every day at Lehmann PLC.
art and museum law
Museums and cultural organizations regularly encounter a variety of legal issues. Some of these issues are common to all businesses, while some arise from the organization’s nonprofit status, and others are unique to the world of art and museums, including managing collections and dealing in cultural property. With a Masters in Museum Studies and extensive experience representing cultural organizations of all types, Walter Lehmann is uniquely positioned to advise clients on all aspects of art and museum law.
Benjamin Franklin wrote “…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Managing and distributing property — including creative assets — after death can be full of legal pitfalls. Sound planning for the inevitable can help to smooth this difficult transition, ensure that loved ones are properly provided for, and protect the results of a lifetime. Our estate planning practice focuses on representing artists, collectors and intellectual property owners who want to preserve and protect their creative legacy.
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Use the form below to contact us regarding possible legal representation. Please be as detailed as possible. To help us best respond to your inquiry, we recommend that you first describe the issue you’re having before telling us what you want to achieve. You may also email or call our office to make an appointment.