Entertainment & Sports Law
Client-Centered Service In New England Since 1983
As the entertainment industry continues to expand, legal disputes have become increasingly complex. Melick & Porter, LLP can help you navigate through difficult legal issues. Our entertainment attorneys are highly skilled in contract negotiations, civil litigation, labor and employment law, tort law, and insurance law. This allows us to diligently represent our clients in entertainment law as well as in related legal issues. We advise and defend a wide variety of clients, including production companies, movie theater chains, radio stations, theater groups, cast and crews of television shows, celebrities and comedians, bars and restaurants, and casinos.
Our entertainment and sports lawyers have a long track record of success that you can depend on.
Common Types Of Entertainment & Sports Legal Issues
When you work in the entertainment or sports industry, you know that legal issues frequently arise. There are always contracts to discuss, as well as labor and employment law matters.
Common types of legal concerns our lawyers help with include:
- Contract issues: Professional athletes, entertainers, and artists have high stake contracts, and some may look for loopholes so they can seek free agency. Common contract issues also include licensing agreements and intellectual property.
- Labor disputes: Workers in the entertainment and sports industries tend to work long hours and irregular scheduled. Many may have wage and hour violation claims for not being paid properly such as disputes with overtime or tips. Additionally, artists and athletes may file claims alleging poor or toxic working conditions.
- Personal injury claims in sports: While in the past, many athletes were prevented from filing personal injury claims because of their contracts, some courts are now allowing injured athletes as well as fans to seek compensation for injuries sustained as a result of negligence.
- Copyright issues: Many entertainers want to protect their creative work and file claims citing copyright violations.
A Multidisciplinary Approach To The Law
Again, our multidisciplinary approach provides our sports law clients with a distinct advantage. Of particular relevance, we have extensive experience in the defense of personal injury and general negligence claims. In addition, our strong insurance law practice enables us to navigate complex insurance and indemnification issues. We represent professional and amateur sports, including teams, facilities, athletic associations, and sponsors.
We provide a variety of legal services for issues including internal investigations, Title IX compliance, contract negotiations and disputes, compensation and pay equity, misconduct, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, ADA compliance, and insurance. With more than 35 years of demonstrated success, you can trust us to provide the counsel you need to make informed decisions on behalf of your business.
For entertainment and sports legal matters, we serve clients throughout New England.
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