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Dispute Resolution for Artists: Choosing Litigation, Mediation or Arbitration

March 21, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

21 March 2012, 7:30 – 9 pm
with Zachary Rothenberg, Esq. & Arezou Kohan, Esq.


What would you do if a legal dispute arose–should you try to resolve the matter in court, or outside of court through a method of alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation or arbitration)? What are the differences among litigation, mediation, and arbitration? What is small claims court? Who offers alternative dispute resolution? How will you know which procedure or venue is right for you? When should you consult an attorney? Zachary Rothenberg and Arezou Kohan will cover basic procedures for pursuing resolution, in or out of court, and considerations for determining the best method for resolving your dispute (e.g., time, cost, and relationships among the parties). There will be an opportunity for Q & A.

Zachary Rothenberg is an entertainment, intellectual property, and general business litigator. Zachary is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. After law school, Zachary spent several years at international firms before joining Grodsky & Olecki LLP. Zachary has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving: copyright and trademark disputes, royalty disputes, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and trade secrets, among others. He also regularly represents clients in employment litigation and health care industry disputes. Zachary is a panel attorney member of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Arezou Kohan was a civil litigator for over a decade before she discovered her calling as a mediator, life-coach, and author. Her range of life experiences, including volunteering in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, serving as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and scaring off 2 black bears in the woods, inform her approach, along with her humor and compassion. A strong arts advocate, she volunteered at LACE before becoming founding President of the Board of Directors for Outpost for Contemporary Art. She is on the Los Angeles County Superior Court Mediation Panel, leads workshops on “Conflict as Opportunity for Conscious Growth,” and has written the book, “Healing Conflict: How to Manage Disputes and Resolve Legal Conflict Through Higher Consciousness.”

Register & pay online at calawyersforthearts.org (SAVE $5)

C.L.A. Member (Online Price) – $10
$15 at the door

C.L.A. Student Member or Senior Member (Online price) – $5
$10 at the door
Student ID and Drivers License Required at Sign-In.

General Public (Online price) – $20
$25 at the door

More information on C.L.A. memberships at calawyersforthearts.org/join.

California Lawyers for the Arts was founded in 1974 and is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering artists and entertainers of all disciplines while supporting non-profit arts organizations. C.L.A. serves more than 11,000 individuals, arts businesses, and non-profit organizations annually with affordable legal services, educational programs, alternative dispute resolution services, youth development, and information resources.

For more information about C.L.A. programs and services, visit calawyersforthearts.org.

These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.


March 21, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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6522 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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