"Still Life With Cherries"

Chris Leib


Austin Law Group attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience handling the analysis, investigation and litigation of civil rights claims. Our cases are often at the cutting edge of the rights for women, people of color, and the LGBT community
• Civil Rights
• Discrimination
• Employment
• Disability
• Public Benefits

The Austin Law Group represents both companies and individuals in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

We advise and represent our clients' interests in all aspects of business formation, contract negotiation, permitting, Entertainment Commission issues and all forms of dispute resolution.
• music
• film
• literary
• television
• theater
• dance
• performance

The Austin Law Group advises and drafts all documents for business formation and operation of sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and limited liability companies. We counsel clients as to business structures, fundraising, investor agreements, and required filings.
• Incorporation, LLC, Partnership and Non-Profit formation
• business licenses and business name trademarks
• lease and real estate
• partnership agreements, disputes and dissolutions
• employee manuals, contracts and disputes
• independent contractor agreements
• required filings with state and federal agencies


The Austin Law Group has expertise in issues specific to Non-Profit Organizations. We represent non-profits in every phase of development, taking your idea from conception to fruition. We advise and counsel existing Non-Profits in all legal aspects of operation.
• business licenses and business name trademarks
• partnership agreements, disputes and dissolutions
• employee manuals, contracts and disputes
• independent contractor agreements
• required filings with state and federal agencies
• lease and real estate


Our arts clients come from a variety of fields, including visual arts, photography, sculpture, graphic arts, cartoon arts, outsider art, folk art, multimedia, literary arts, and collectors of arts and antiquities. We represent artists in negotiations of commissions, both public and private. We counsel clients in the arts as to contracts, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, and business formation.
• gallery, agency and museum contracts and disputes
• shipping, handling and insurance issues
• artist collaboration agreements
• resale royalty negotiations
• domestic and international licenses
• authenticity disputes


We work with property owners and developers on matters involving land use and zoning. We also represent property owners, developers, community organizations, and neighborhood associations before the Planning Commission, The Board of Supervisors and The Boards of Appeals. We assist clients in a wide range of matters such as:
Historic Properties
Discretionary Review
Environmental review
Environmental Impact Reports and Environmental Impact Statements
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance
Special Use Permit
Area Variance
Use Variance
Building Permit
Environmental Permits


The Austin Law Group counsels clients in the music industry on recording and distribution contracts, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, distribution and business formation.
• Copyright: compositions, music, lyrics, band name
• Protection of band name and domain name
• Contracts: bands, managers, producer, and performance venues
• Licensing music for film and television


The Austin Law Group offers legal services to teams, owners, athletes, event organizers, universities, municipalities and sports franchises.

We offer services in the following areas:

• Telecasting contracts
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Drug Testing Rules
• Labor and Anti-Trust Regulations for Players
• Owner/Player Contract Reviews
• Franchise Negotiations

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Copyright and Trademark

The Austin Law Group advises our clients in the creation and protection of copyrights and trademarks, including domain names. Our services encompass copyright and trademark registration, licensing, domain name disputes, service marks, and trademark and copyright infringement.

• Copyright registration
• Copyright clearances and licensing
• Copyright sales and transfers
• Proof of creation and ownership
• Copyright infringement and disputes
• Trademark searches, registration, and licensing
• Internet domain name trademark registration
• Trademark co-branding agreements
• Trademark infringement and disputes
• Trademark – Domain Name conflicts
• simple patents


The Austin Law Group counsels clients in film, video, or digital media industries on contracts, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, distribution, and business formation.
• Financing
• Distribution agreements
• Rights clearances
• Trademark and Copyright issues
• Insurance
• Employment contracts
• Business formation
• Investor agreements


The Austin Law Group drafts, reviews and revises contracts for businesses and individuals in all areas of our practice. We advocate and negotiate on our client’s’ behalf as well as counsel clients on how to negotiate a contract on their own behalf. For more details in a specific field, please see that section of our website, or feel free to contact us.


The Austin Law Group has expertise in areas of law of particular interest to the LGBT community. Among our services, we advise on relationship agreements and dissolutions, wills and trusts, and durable powers of attorney for healthcare, finance and real estate transactions. We offer full gender revision services, including legal name changes, gender changes and birth certificate changes.

• relationship agreements and dissolutions
• wills and trusts
• durable powers of attorney: healthcare, finance and real estate
• Gender Revision: name, gender, and birth certificate changes


The Austin Law Group represents adult-oriented film companies, retail and wholesale businesses, websites and performers. We provide our clients with comprehensive legal counsel for running an adult-oriented business while remaining in full compliance with state and federal laws.
• business formation
• contract drafting and negotiation
• dispute resolution
Title 18 compliance
• mail order regulations and compliance
• model and performer releases
• website content
• film
• live theater
• performer/talent
• obscenity