JOEL L. HECKER, ESQ
PHOTOGRAPHY & VISUAL ARTS
Joel brings a broad perspective to his practice. He regularly counsels clients in all aspects of photography and visual arts law, copyright, licensing, publishing, contracts, privacy rights, digital media, and other intellectual property issues. He has successfully litigated many cases in these areas, in both federal and state courts. Joel has acted as general counsel to hundreds of the professional photographers, stock photo agencies, graphic artists, photography representatives, documentary filmmakers, and other photography and content-related businesses he has represented nationwide and abroad.
Joel’s practice includes the negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements of all types, and he prides himself on being able to successfully resolve disputes by creative means.
Joel’s practice includes a wide range of copyright issues, including those relating to visual arts, entertainment, publishing, branding, contractual matters, resolution of copyright disputes including infringements, as well as copyright litigation in Federal courts and registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office. He is past Chair and Member of the Copyright and Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a long time member and past Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Joel’s practice extends to trademark matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including trademark applications and oppositions.
REAL ESTATE & LEASING
Joel has extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate transactions, as well as leasing arrangements for residential and commercial space. He has represented both sides in these arrangements and understands the needs and requirements from all perspectives.
ESTATE PLANNING & WILLS
Joel's practice extends to estate planning including wills, living wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and trusts.