Information on RFEs for DJs and Musician Visas

Information on RFEs for DJs and Musician VisasBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC After a musician, DJ or other artist submits a visa application for U.S. work authorization, the USCIS occasionally issues a “Request For Evidence” otherwise referred to as an “RFE.” (I-797E “Notice of Action”) […]

U.S. Visas for Foreign Professional Athletes – O1 and P1 Visas

U.S. Visas for Foreign Professional Athletes – O1 and P1 VisasBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC As a result of the global sports business, professional and amateur athletic competitors travel from countries across the world to compete in sporting competitions held within the United States or […]

COVID-19 Update on Talent Visas for Entertainers, DJs, and Musicians

COVID-19 Update on Talent Visas for Entertainers, DJs, and MusiciansBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC The last two years have been unpredictable, especially for live music, concerts, nightclubs, and any other large social gathering of people in any space. However, it is important for an entertainer […]

Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and Bars

Copyright Law: Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and BarsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. When operating a business, it is important for an owner to be aware of how restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and other hospitality enterprises can legally play music for its guests. Specifically, a public performance license must be obtained by the venue owner from […]

Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.

Trademark Law: Bands, Brands and Artist Names – Own Them Or Risk Losing Them.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. An artist, band or brand name is one of the most important, if not, the most important feature in an individual’s career. Therefore, ownership and prior proper clearance of a particular name is prudent; and, generally, the […]

Assess Your Assets: What Entertainers And Athletes Need To Protect Themselves

Assess Your Assets: What Entertainers And Athletes Need To Protect ThemselvesBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Picture this, you’re an unmarried professional athlete, no spouse; but, you have three children with three different women and no will. Upon your death chaos ensues, as no specific individual is seen as your “surviving spouse” under the law; so, […]

What’s A Will? Why Do You Need One?

Trusts and Estates Law: What’s A Will? Why Do You Need One?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. “Daddy, what’s a will?” – Jay Z (Legacy) As Jay Z’s first-born child, Blue Ivy Carter, so eloquently inquired on her father’s track, “Legacy,” off his release, “4:44.”  The simple answer is that a will is a writing that […]

What the E-2 Treaty Investor Needs to Know About Trademark Protection

What the E-2 Treaty Investor Needs to Know About Brand and Trademark ProtectionBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. and Pablo G. Velez, Esq. of Velez & Cipriano, PLLC Investing in a new or existing enterprise in the United States can be an advantageous proposition. As the E-2 Investor is well aware, having a company with a […]

Some Additional Fashion, Beauty and Apparel Brand Legal Considerations

Fashion Law: Some Additional Fashion, Beauty and Apparel Brand Legal Considerations By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. This article discusses some other related legal matters that fashion business entrepreneurs should be aware of.  This article expands on the initial one that reviewed some initial business considerations for clothing, beauty and apparel brands as they grow and […]