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What to Look for When Signing a Contract

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • United States Veterans' Artists Alliance 10858 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230


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What to Look for When Signing a Contract 
with Scott Alan Burrroughs, Esq. and Matthew Dinicola, Esq,


Scott Burroughs and Matthew DiNicola of Doniger Burroughs will discuss a what to look for before signing a contract.  The program will cover a broad overview of contractual law inlacing the significance of having a written agreement and the major deal points to be included in any contract.  In addition, the discussion will delve deeper into specific provisions of a contract such as negotiating and structuring the compensation terms.   

Throughout the program, Matthew and Scott will emphasize how artists can protect themselves by entering into a contract, how to position themselves throughout the negotiation of a contract and by giving them the tools to recognize when to walk away from a potentially bad deal.  A key focus will be the protection of artist's content by identifying the different ways a contract can be used to transfer or retain the rights in artist's work.  Finally, the program will look at the boilerplate provisions typically found at the end of every contract that no one ever reads and explain why they should never be ignored.



Mr. Burroughs was selected as a Rising Star for 2015 and 2016 by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers. This honor recognizes the top 2.5% of all attorneys under 40 years of age. One of his jury verdicts was also recognized by The Recorder and VerdictSearch as a top jury verdict for the year 2014. He has handled over a thousand art and business law disputes in his decade of practice – more than virtually any other attorney in the United States. His matters involve fashion, art, photography, scripted and reality programming, accessories, literature, documentary and feature films, websites, advertising, novelty goods, jewelry, hospitality, and home décor. In one representative case, Mr. Burroughs resolved a rights dispute regarding one of the most popular web series of all time.


Matthew DiNicola specializes in transactional, business, and entertainment law. Mr. DiNicola previously served as an associate at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP, where he worked as an associate on large accounts with clients including national housewares chains and global gaming and hospitality companies. Mr. DiNicola brings with him extensive knowledge in drafting and negotiating multi-billion dollar agreements and a wealth of entertainment counseling knowledge. DiNicola specializes in advising start-up companies and counseling clients in connection with the development, production and distribution of entertainment projects as well as providing legal counsel to business owners through the financing, production and distribution of their projects. He also has considerable experience in a variety of complex corporate and real estate transactions.


United States Veterans' Artists Alliance
10858 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230


Parking is available in the parking lot. 

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



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