The Norton Law Firm – General Counsel for Creativesᵀᴹ

Creatives are often, completely understandably, uncertain of their legal rights and responsibilities, and not even aware of reasonable alternatives to the commonly one-sided contracts presented by the established organizations with which they do business. Unfortunately, many contracts, and even the relevant laws themselves, are very difficult for a lay person to understand. Historically, most competent legal assistance is beyond the budget of many creatives.
Seth Polansky is spearheading a new set of offerings from The Norton Law Firm designed to fill this gap. These offerings are designed for creatives (illustrators, artist, musicians, film makers, production companies, etc.) who have not yet achieved the monetary success sufficient to fund the professional support (legal, accounting, etc.) that they so profoundly need. Seth combines both a business-focused legal background and a long career as a creative himself, from sound mixing for live events to location and post-production sound for independent films. Seth understands how the law, business reality, and creative freedom collide, and has some great insight into how to turn this chaos to your advantage without unfairly impacting other creatives – and while still being a good business partner to your clients.

Recognizing the various levels of need and resource constraints, the Firm has developed the following offerings under our “GC for Creatives” umbrella:

“Novice” Tier

The Firm will host a quarterly gathering, usually in the DC Metro area, for creatives. Seth, an experienced member of the Firm, or another specialized professional will provide a brief talk on a legal topic relevant to creatives. Examples of topics covered in such talks will be “What is Fair Use?”, “How can I monetize my art without completely losing my rights?”, and “What do I have to do to protect my copyrights in this work?”. The talk will be followed by a QA where general questions relevant to that night’s topic can be asked and answered. There will be no formal legal advice provided during these gatherings, and no attorney-client relationship is established by attendance at these sessions, and/or the asking or answering of any questions.

In addition, the Firm will make available to those taking advantage of this offering our standard legal templates for creatives, which are what we believe to be reasonable template agreements applicable to the needs of creatives and which are fair to both sides of the transaction. No legal advice, drafting assistance, or other attorney-client is created by the Firm providing these templates, or you using them.

Any specific legal advice for those taking advantage of this offering will be at the Firm’s normal hourly rates and subject to the execution of the Firm’s standard engagement letter. There is no charge to take advantage of this offering, save inclusion on the Firm’s mailing list and permission to list attendees on the Firm’s website.

“Apprentice” Tier

In addition to the monthly gatherings and the access to the Firm’s standard templates, those taking advantage of this offering may subscribe to up to three (3) use-or-lose hours of legal advice each month. This advice will be provided by Seth or another attorney with the Firm, as appropriate, and may be used for any legal project within the Firm’s capabilities.

The subscribed hours will be paid in advance but will be priced at One Hundred Dollars ($100) per hour, rather than the Firm’s regular rates. Additional legal advice in excess of the subscribed hours will be billed at a Five Percent (5%) discount to the Firm’s normal rates. Any unused portion of the subscribed hours will expire at the end of the month and will not carry over to subsequent months or be refunded. In order to participate in this discounted program, participants will be included on our mailing list and their names may be listed on our website as clients, solely for the Firm’s marketing purposes.

“Journeyman” Tier

In addition to the monthly gatherings and the access to the Firm’s standard templates, those taking advantage of this offering may subscribe to up to ten (10) hours of legal advice each month, with unused hours carrying over and accruing up for up to a maximum of five (5) months. The oldest hours will be used first each month, in order to minimize the number of expiring hours, if any. This advice will be provided by Seth or another attorney with the Firm, as appropriate, and may be used for any legal project within the Firm’s capabilities.

The subscribed hours will be paid in advance but will be priced at Two Hundred Dollars ($200) per hour rather than the Firm’s regular rates. Additional legal advice in excess of the subscribed hours will be billed at a Ten Percent (10%) discount to the Firm’s normal rates. Any unused portion of the subscribed and accrued hours will expire at the end of the fifth month (for example, unused January hours expire at the end of May) and will not carry over to subsequent months or be refunded. Accrued hours will not be refunded at any time.

The Firm intends for this offering to be for creatives, specifically those who have just launched their businesses, and not the Firm’s general client population. Therefore, the Firm reserves the right to restrict to which persons or entities these offerings are made available. The Firm is open to a variety of alternative billing arrangements, so if these offering do not seem to meet your needs, and you believe you have a fair proposal, or would like to discuss other arrangements, please reach out to Seth and Jeff Norton to discuss.


The Firm intends for this offering to be for creatives, specifically those who have just launched their businesses, and not the Firm’s general client population. Therefore, the Firm reserves the right to restrict to which persons or entities these offerings are made available.  The Firm is open to a variety of alternative billing arrangements, so if these offering do not seem to meet your needs, and you believe you have a fair proposal, or would like to discuss other arrangements, please reach out to Seth and Jeff Norton to discuss.