Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Believe it or not, there are dozens of legal organizations which have as their sole goal to provide free legal services to nonprofit arts organizations, as well as to artists who can’t afford legal services.  These organizations are great resources.

Issues often handled include contract negotiations, mediation services, nonprofit incorporation, copyright information and infringement lawsuits, tax information, estate planning, and lease review.  VLA organizations also provide education programs, including seminars, publications, and the maintenance of art law libraries.  See the NEA page for a description of VLA assistance.

California

Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts
300 S. Beverly Dr., #201
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310-553-6644
mmeadow@ix.netcom.com

California Lawyers for the Arts (Oakland)
1212 Broadway, Suite 834
Oakland, CA
(510) 444-6351
(510) 444-6352 Fax
e-mail: oakcla@there.net

California Lawyers for the Arts (Sacramento)
926 J St., Suite 811
Sacremento, CA 95814
(916) 442-6210
(916) 442-6281 Fax
e-mail: clasacto@aol.com

California Lawyers for the Arts (San Francisco)
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Rm 255
San Francisco, CA 94123
415/775-7200
415-775-1143 Fax
cla@calawyersforthearts.org

California Lawyers for the Arts (Santa Monica)
1641 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310/998-5590
310/998-5594 Fax
UserCLA@aol.com

San Diego Lawyers for the Arts
1205 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
619/454-9696

Colorado

Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
P.O. Box 48148
Denver, Colorado 80204
303/722-7994
cola@artstozoo.org

Connecticut

Connecticut Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Connecticut Commission on the Arts
755 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
860/566-4770 

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
918 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
202/429-0229

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
815 15th St. NW Ste.900
Washington, DC 20005
202/393-2826
ptotaro@thewala.org

Florida

ArtServe, Inc./ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1350 East Sunrise, Suite 100
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304
954/462-9191

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts/Western Florida
(A division of Business Volunteers for the Arts)
14700 Terminal Blvd., Suite 229
Clearwater, Florida 33762
phone: (727) 507-4114
bkotchey@co.pinellas.fl.us

Georgia

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
BCA
675 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30308
404/873-3911
gla@glarts.org
  

Illinois

Lawyers for the Creative Arts
213 West Institute Place, Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60610
312/944-2787

Kansas

Mid-America Arts Resources 
c/o Susan J. Whitfield-Lungren, Esq.
PO Box 363
Lindsborg, KS 67456
913/227-2321

Louisiana

Louisiana Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
225 Baronne Street, Suite 1712
New Orleans, LA 70112
504/523-1465

Maine

Maine Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
43 Pleasant St.
South Portland, ME 04106
207/799-9646

or

4 Dane Street
Kenneybunk, ME 04043
phone: (207) 985-1199

Massachusetts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Inc.
249 A Street, Studio 14
Boston, MA  02210
(617) 350-7600
(617) 350-7610 fax
mail@vlama.org
 

Minnesota

Resources and Counseling for the Arts
308 Prince St., Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101
612/292-4381 or
Chris@RC4Arts.org

Missouri

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
3540 Washington
St. Louis, MO 63103
314/652-2410
vlaa@stlrac.org

Montana

Montana Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 8687
Missoula, MT 59807
406/721-1835

New Hampshire

Lawyers for the Arts/New Hampshire
New Hampshire Business Committee for the Art (NHBCA)
One Granite Pl.
Concord, NH 03301
603/224-8300
arts@nhbca.com
   

New York

Albany/Schenectady League of Arts Inc.
19 Clinton Ave.
Albany NY 12207
518/449-5380
artsleague@aol.com

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 E. 53rd St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212/319-2787;
vlany@busy.net
vlany@vlany.org

North Carolina

North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 26513
Raleigh, NC 27611
919/990-2575

or 

P.O. Box 25005
Durham, North Carolina 27702

Ohio

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts-Cleveland
113 St. Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
216/696-3525

Toledo Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
608 Madison, Ste. 1523
Toledo, OH 43604
419/255-3344

Oregon

Northwest Lawyers and Artists
Oregon Lawyers for the Arts
Kohel Haver, President
621 SW Morrison Street Suite 1417
Portland, OR 97205
503-295-2787
Artcop@aol.com

Pennslyvania

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
251 South 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215/545-3385
pvla@libertynet.org

Western Pennsylvania Professionals
PO Box 19388
Pittsburgh,PA 15213
412/268-8437

Rhode Island

Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 19
Saunderstown, RI 02874
401/789-5686

South Dakota 

South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)
800 Governers Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
605/773-3131

Texas

Artists’ Legal and Accounting Assistance
PO Box 2577
Austin, TX 78751
512/476-4458
mpolar@bga.com

Lawyers and Accountants of North Texas for the Arts (LANTA)
P.O. Box 2019
Cedar Hill, TX 75106
phone: 972/ 291-9010

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts
1540 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
713/526-4876
info@talarts.org

San Antonio and El Paso offices:
Contact TALA at Houston office.

Utah

Utah Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 652
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
801/482-5373

or

P.O. Box 4530
Salt Lake City, Utah 84145

Washington

Washington Lawyers for the Arts
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206-328-7053
director@wa-artlaw.org

International

Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario (CARO) 
* Artist’s Legal Advice Services (ALAS)
183 Bathurst Street, 1st floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2R7
CANADA
phone: 416/340-7791
fax: 416/360-0781 T,Th 5-7:30 pm

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