Why hire a legal artist?
About the Firm
I started THE LAW OFFICE OF GREGORY R. KANAAN to be a creative and tech-savvy firm focused on the needs of artists, filmmakers, and creative professionals working to make their art into their livelihood. My goal is to make the law as simple as possible by tailoring it around you. And I can do that, because I’ve been in your shoes…
Before becoming an attorney, I was a television documentary producer, writer, and artist. I did my undergraduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating from RISD in 2002, I moved to LA where I worked on indie films and produced shows for Discovery Channel, Court TV, TLC, and A&E, among others. Most of my career was spent as a freelancer, struggling to make ends meet and make a living doing what I loved. Despite gaining a foothold, I didn’t know the business and I didn’t know how to protect myself. One day, a production company I was working for stole an idea I had pitched. I didn’t know my rights or how to fight back. I felt lost.
So I found the law. I enrolled at Northeastern University School of Law to get a better sense of how the business worked. And I became an expert on entertainment and art law. I focus my practice exclusively on filmmakers, artists, and other creative entrepreneurs because I know better than anyone what’s at stake for you.
Today I’m a Connecticut-based attorney who practices all over New England. I provide legal services and counsel to a wide variety of creative people, and I regularly speak at colleges, non-profit arts organizations and professional associations about how the law affects their artistic endeavors.
I’ve also been publishing my blog, THE [LEGAL] ARTIST® since 2012 as a way to talk about the myriad ways art and law intersect in our society. In 2015, THE [LEGAL] ARTIST® was chosen by the ABA Journal as one of its top 100 legal blogs. In addition to that, I contributed a monthly column to MovieMaker Magazine.
I’m not just a lawyer though. I'm also a film buff and a bike nerd. The little spare time I have is spent watching movies, riding my bike, dreaming about screenplays I'll probably never write, and of course, spending time with my wife Stephanie and our daughters Hannah and Caroline.
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law - Boston, MA
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI
State of New York
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
State of Connecticut
Copyright Society of the USA
New York State Bar Association
RISD Alumni Council