Larry Berglas is an attorney based in Westchester County, New York whose eclectic solo practice includes a focus on the area of art business law and related areas of practice. Since 1990, Larry has been helping artists, musicians, web-site developers, writers, photographers and other creative individuals resolve legal problems ranging from copyright, trademark, litigation and contract issues to wills, guardianship, estates, and trusts matters. He also represents clients in these areas generally as well as in business matters, nonprofit corporation law matters, negligence and risk matters, commercial and residential real estate matters and general civil litigation matters.
In addition to his commitment to the law, Larry is a writer and a musician. Larry is the author of the book, published in December 2013, Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book. His freelance articles have been published in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure (Books About the Beach), DECOR, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley, the International Interactive Communications Society newsletter and at PremierGuitar.com (Anatomy of a Blues Jam), at The GolfExpert.com and at USLaw.com. Larry was a finalist in the Westchester Wag’s Bill and Hillary: The New York Years Short Story Contest. Larry plays acoustic and electric guitar and during his college days, he performed at, among other places, Sloop Clearwater festivals along the Hudson River and at Folk City in Greenwich Village. These days, he may be found playing his Fender Telecaster at local blues jams.
Larry teaches Arts & Entertainment Law and Finance for the Arts as an Adjunct Professor at Purchase College. Arts & Entertainment Law is a course that focuses on wide-ranging issues and risk management for artists and arts professionals. Some of the areas covered include contracts, copyright, trademark, domain name and Internet issues, freedom of speech and defamation, estate planning, board of director liability, not-for-profit and for-profit business law issues and negligence, liability and lawsuits. Finance for the Arts introduces students to basic financial management concepts important to the self-employed artist as well as to arts professionals working within the arts business community.
Larry frequently works with nonprofits and volunteered for several years as treasurer of the Westchester Association of Development Officers, an association of professional fundraisers, foundation representatives, consultants, philanthropists, and vendors involved in the tri-state area nonprofit community. Larry gave a seminar for the ADO at the headquarters of Pepsico, Inc. in Purchase, New York covering such nonprofit corporation issues as board of director liability and charitable solicitation laws. In conjunction with the Westchester Arts Council, he gave a seminar in the Basics of Nonprofit Corporation Law for those active in the nonprofit community. In conjunction with the Professional Picture Framers Association, Larry gave a series of five art business law seminars in Long Beach, CA, Orlando, FL, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Philadelphia, PA. Other seminar topics have included wills, trusts, and estates issues and general business issues.
Larry has provided pro bono services to The Street Theater and Kids X-Press, two learning and arts education focused nonprofits based in Westchester County. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association and Arts Westchester.
Before entering the law, Larry freelanced occasionally as a reader for the Quality Paperback Bookclub. He also enjoyed working as a children’s camp program founder and director, lifeguard and as a certified water safety instructor teaching both children and adults how to swim.
It is all this diverse experience that informs his practice of law.
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