Entertainment Law Ethics
Entertainment law is a highly competitive practice in which the lawyer often assumes nontraditional legal roles and responsibilities. In the last decade, the lawyer’s role has become even more complex as emerging technologies and industry changes have compounded existing ethical issues. Business models have shifted as music entities struggle to find new and innovative revenue streams, creating new contractual structures that inherently alter artist-attorney and artist-manager relations. How can attorneys, artists and managers recognize and avoid possible ethical violations? This panel will examine current issues addressed by the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including establishing an attorney-client relationship, a lawyer’s duty of competence, conflicts of interest, simultaneous representation, and attorney compensation.
Ken Abdo Vice President and co-chair of Entertainment Law Department, Lommen Abdo Law Firm
John Strohm Associate Attorney, Johnston Barton
This panel has been approved for 2.0 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Ethics credits by the Virginia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Approved CLE credits from Pennsylvania and Virginia may be claimed by attorneys in California, New York, and Illinois as reciprocal credits.
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