Having collaborated on legal matters for many years - forming the habeas corpus "writ squad" of the NLG-NYC Mass Defense Committee, working with the National Arts Club on a racial justice case in Gramercy Park, co-founding NY Cannabar to advance New York's medical marijuana laws, and appearing at WikiLeaks related speaker panels -- attorneys Deborah Hrbek and Margaret Ratner Kunstler formalized their professional ties and formed HrbekKunstler in April 2022. Deborah Hrbek will continue representing clients in the business, art, and entertainment matters. Margaret Ratner Kunstler is focusing on expanding the firm's regulatory advisory practice. HrbekKunstler advises businesses on NY marijuana regulations and helps them get ready to apply for New York cannabis licenses under the MRTA. Additionally, the firm offers guidance to sellers of fine art and other art market participants seeking to comply with anti-money laundering regulations and best practices. The firm also offers a Sanctions Search service and KYC "know-your-customer" due diligence consulting to law firms and other "risky businesses" who want to minimize risks associated with international wire transfers, accepting cryptocurrency, and other non-traditional financial transactions.HRBEKKunstler. Where Art and Business Meet.
Our clients are on the cutting edge of exciting developments in the merging worlds of entertainment, media and technology. At HRBEKKunstler, we have the experience and the commitment to protect your interests as you grow your business and develop new revenue streams. Whether you are a creative industry professional, an entrepreneur or an independent artist, you'll want HRBEKKunstler on your team to handle the legal side, so that you can focus on your craft.
As a creative professional starting a new business, expanding your existing business, or considering opportunities in the media industry, selecting the right entertainment lawyer is the first of many important decisions that you have to make. Contact HRBEKKunstler now to schedule a consultation.
HRBEKKunstler represents independent artists and media companies, including publishers, TV producers, podcasters, digital news publications, filmmakers, writers, photographers, animation companies and other content creators, painters, art galleries, independent record labels, app developers, literary and talent agents, marketing and brand developers and more. Regardless of the type of deal at issue, our New York entertainment attorneys work with you to ensure that your objectives are met in your agreements before you sign.
More often than not, standard form cookie-cutter contracts do not reflect your business model, professionalism and values. We understand that first impressions are important and your written agreements say a lot about your brand. HRBEKKunstler crafts contracts to make certain that they represent who you are and resonate well with the people you want to do business with. We negotiate and draft customized artist agreements, publishing contracts, partnership and collaboration agreements, development deals, master service agreements, endorsement and sponsorship deals, option agreements, attachment agreements, composer agreements, performer agreements, venue agreements, co-production deals, director agreements, NDAs, various types of releases, and sales agent agreements and more.
At HRBEKKunstler, we serve as general counsel to technology companies, creative business professional companies, and other startups and small businesses. Retaining us to assist you as general counsel is a cost-effective approach for a small business. We handle corporate formation and maintenance, advise on company structure, handle entity formation, draft corporate resolutions, advise on compliance with rules of corporate governance, draft agreements and provide guidance and advice on matters of business law. We have experience representing clients on both sides of the deal. For example, when handling a software license agreement, the software company may be concerned about ownership of the source code, confidentiality, and making sure they get paid. The software purchaser may be concerned about the software meeting their actual business needs, virus protection, performance milestones and approval rights. Both parties will be concerned about a clear scope of work and clearly defined deliverables and timelines.Mediation
Litigation can pose a significant threat to media companies, whether the litigation involves allegations of copyright infringement or libel. It is crucial to work with entertainment attorneys in New York who understand the law that applies in this niche. While HRBEKKunstler collaborates with litigators who specialize in intellectual property, First Amendment, defamation, and cutting-edge technology and contractual cases, we help our clients resolve disputes outside of court wherever possible.
There are various methods by which a dispute may be resolved. Litigation is one method. However, mediation and collaborative law provide alternative forms of dispute resolution that can save you time and money, and preserve greater cordiality than does litigation. Mediation and collaborative law proceedings can be used for arts industry-related disputes as well as family law disputes. Courts strongly favor mediation as a dispute resolution method. In mediation, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, tries to help the parties communicate and reach a solution that both parties find satisfactory. The mediator does not decide the dispute, but she facilitates communication that can help the parties reach an amicable resolution. Deborah Hrbek has considerable experience in mediating arts disputes, partner and other general business disputes and family disputes.
If there is a notable power imbalance between the parties, they may need separate representation. In that case, it may be appropriate to pursue a resolution through the collaborative law process. When using a collaborative law approach, our lawyer will work with you to resolve your dispute, but the opposing party must retain and work with a lawyer from another firm. Collaborative law helps the parties try to negotiate a settlement that is as favorable as possible to all parties.Cannabis Law
HRBEKKunstler has been on the frontlines of the movement to legalize cannabis, dating back to medical marijuana’s legalization in New York through the Compassionate Care Act. We can advise and represent you in connection with regulatory, due diligence, and risk management concerns. In addition to representing entrepreneurs and investors involved in the legal cannabis and hemp industry, dispensary license applicants, cannabis rights advocates, and CBD business owners, we also represent clients who need assistance with contracts and corporate legal work. Laws that govern this area in New York include the Compassionate Care Act and Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act.
We can advise you on licensing and registration, business formation, corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing deals, real estate matters, IP protection and branding, employment matters, licensing agreements, privacy matters, and vendor or ancillary business contracts. Our principal, Deborah Hrbek, was Secretary of the NYCLA Drug Policy Task Force and co-authored the committee’s groundbreaking 1996 report.Consult an Experienced Entertainment Lawyer in New York
Whether you are an artist concerned about licensing your work or a film studio that wants to preserve as many rights as possible in a film, you should consult HRBEKKunstler. Unlike many other firms in this area, we encourage innovation and experimentation with emerging business models. We maintain a high standard of integrity and foster transparency in business dealings. We represent clients in New York City and around the world when they are doing business in New York themselves, or working with a New York company. Call us at (212) 480-2400 or contact us via our online form.