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Performance | Visual
Art Law Group


The Carrington Firm provides legal assistance to clients in all areas of art, culture, media, and entertainment, including the visual, literary, and performing arts. Our clients are individuals, for-profit, and not-for-profit groups.


We regularly advise clients in the full array of legal issues that they encounter:


Corporate and general business matters

Copyright, trademark, and patents

Rights clearance and fair use

Contract drafting, review, and negotiation

Dispute resolution and litigation

Nonprofit formation and tax exemption

Rights of privacy and publicity

Visa and immigration










Among the art-specific issues we regularly advise on, or have recently litigated are: 


  • appraisals

  • performer duty / rights

  • artist estates / foundations

  • consignment agreements

  • copyrights

  • defamation

  • criminal trial / supoenas

  • international cultural treaties

  • FTC guidelines for jewelry promotion / sale

  • distribution in e-commerce

  • joint-ownership

  • exhibition agreements

  • loans to museums

  • authentication / certification

  • art related insurance

  • misappropriation of artwork / design

  • private dealer sales

  • new media agreements

The Carrington Firm supports the work of artists, whose work enriches the quality of life in the state and strengthens the arts community. The philosophy of the firm is to establish a strong bridge between the arts and legal communities so that artists and arts organizations are better able to handle the legal and business aspects of their careers. Ideally, as the legal profession focuses attention on the unique challenges affecting the arts community, the law will become more responsive to the needs of the artists, but until such time our firm is committed to protecting artists and the arts.

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