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Current Ethical Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer




Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

This program will focus on the ethical mandates that every entertainment attorney should know about, whether handling transactional or litigation matters. The program will cover ethical concerns arising during various stages of a representation, including business development, Internet marketing, fee arrangements, scope of representation, multi-jurisdictional practice, and managing conflicts of interest. The presentation will also include a behind the scenes look at the Disciplinary Committee.

This program was recorded in New York on June 15th, 2009.

Provided By: New York City Bar

  • Introduction
  • What Every Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know
  • The Ramifications of Ethics Violations,
  • Pitfalls in Business Developments
  • Questions & Answers

    This program was recorded in New York on June 15th, 2009.

  • CLE Credit Information

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    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,ME,ND,NJ,NY,WV

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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    Panelist Biographies

    Professor JackSahl

    Faculty Director
    Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility

    Professor Jack P. Sahl serves as Faculty Director of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility, and is a fellow of both the Intellectual Property and Constitutional Law Centers. His research includes professional ethics, legal malpractice, lawyer discipline, judicial ethics and administration, and sports and entertainment law. He is a frequent national and international speaker, consultant and expert witness on professional responsibility matters. Professor Sahl received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College; J.D. from Vermont Law School; LL.M. from Yale University; and DAAD Certificate from Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. He served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee¿s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights. Professor Sahl clerked for the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and managed business and legal affairs for Ambience, Inc. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1991, he was deputy dean of the University of Bridgeport School of Law (now Quinnipiac University School of Law). He has also served as an adjunct professor at Yale University and the Touro College Law School, as well as a visiting professor at CEIDA Institute in Rome, Italy. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Ohio, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Tenth Circuits.


    Of Counsel
    Cowen, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

    Gary E. Redente is Of Counsel at Cowen, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, where he practices entertainment, intellectual property and business law. With experience in both transactional and litigation matters, he provides counsel to entertainment companies, creative talent, and business entities. His clients have included record labels, film production companies, digital media companies, producers, writers, actors, managers, musicians, songwriters, photographers, and product manufacturers. Currently, Mr. Redente is Co-Chair of the Music and Recording Industry Committee of the New York State Bar Association¿s Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association's Entertainment Law Committee and the Board of Directors of the Columbian Lawyers Association. He regularly speaks on entertainment and business law matters, and has been a panelist at law school, bar association, and industry events, including CMJ Music Marathon, Suffolk University Law School, CUNY School of Law, and the New York County Lawyers Association. He currently teaches paralegal studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and music law at The Collective in New York City.


    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    David G. Keyko is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Keyko's practice focuses on major, complex litigation, often involving multiple parties. He has defended clients in matters of allegations of securities or other types of fraud, antitrust violations, ethics issues, trusts and estates issues, as well as representing clients responding to government probes. Among his prominent cases are the representation of the primary claimant to a $1.5 billion estate in lawsuits filed in several jurisdictions; representing a plaintiff in a bench trial in federal court concerning a fraudulent scheme to finance the importation of coffee beans, which resulted in a $90 million judgment; and a jury trial in federal court concerning an alleged scheme to manipulate world-wide commodity prices. Mr. Keyko has lectured and written widely on securities, antitrust, legal ethics and general litigation topics. He is a former columnist for the New York Law Journal and has written several dozen articles on litigation and ethics issues for such publications as the National Law Journal, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, on whose advisory board Mr. Keyko served. Mr. Keyko also is the immediate past Chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

    Richard M. Maltz

    Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz

    Richard M. Maltz is counsel to Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz's Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group. He is one of New York State¿s leading practitioners in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility, representing lawyers and law firms in a wide variety of disciplinary matters, litigation, and law firm disputes. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Mr. Maltz served two years as First Deputy Chief Counsel (1998-2000) and nine years as Deputy Chief Counsel (1989-1998) for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department. Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Maltz handled both criminal and civil litigation. Currently, Mr. Maltz is a member of the New York State Bar Committee on Professional Discipline and the New York City Bar Professional Responsibility Committee. He is also Chair of the New York State Trial Lawyer's Ethics Committee. Mr. Maltz is a former Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the New York City Bar (2002-2005) and former Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association. He served as a member of the New York County Lawyer's Ethics Institute and was appointed to the New York State Bar Advertising Task Force. He was also former Chair of the Briarcliff Manor Ethics Board, as well as, a former Referee for the Judicial Conduct Commission. Mr. Maltz is certified to teach an ethics CLE course by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board and he lectures often on disciplinary and ethical issues for New York State, City, and County Bar associations and for private law firms. He has taught professional responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and has published articles in the New York Law Journal, New York State Bar Journal, and Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He has also acted as an ethics expert.

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