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January 15, 2008

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Entertainment Law Ethics

Entertainment law is a highly competitive practice in which lawyers often assume non-traditional roles and responsibilities.  Though lawyers often resemble agents and managers, lawyers are distinguished from others because they are governed by strict codes of professional behavior.  Lawyers’ reputations depend on their ability to build and maintain professional relationships.

Join attorney Ken Abdo in exploring how entertainment attorneys who aggressively represent clients are often tested on the limits of permissible professional conduct.  Examine the realities and concomitant ethics issues often encountered by entertainment lawyers.

6:00pm - Doors open

Reception with appetizer and beverage service.

Ethics presentation with Ken Abdo.


Ken Abdo
VP, Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.

Bob Donnelly
Lommen Abdo


Linda A. Newmark
Executive Vice President, Acquis

AIMP Panel

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Olympic Collection Conference Center
11301 Olympic Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Self-parking available on-site $6. (Prepaid upon entrance.)

Attention Attorneys: Attorneys will receive two hours of Ethics credit towards California MCLE requirements for attending this course.  Attorneys with last names beginning with letters N - Z must complete 25 hours of continuing legal education credit, including four hours of Ethics credits, by February 1, 2008. (The compliance period is the preceding three year period.)  Attorneys wishing to register for MCLE credit should bring their state bar number with them for the sign in sheet.

Reservation Information:
  LATE RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 14th.  Reservations can be accepted online at www.aimp.org or by telephone at 818-771-7301 until Friday, January 11th.  Online reservations can be paid online by credit card, however credit cards are not accepted at the door. Payment at the door by cash or check only.

                            Promotional Support for this Event Provided by
                    The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative.

Additional Speaker Information

Ken Abdo is a Vice President of Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A. From the Midwest, he helped build the firms entertainment law practice to national recognition. A recovering (and not very distinguished) multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kens vocation and practice focus is music law. He has served as legal counsel to many artists for over 20 years including Grammy award recipients, gold and platinum artists. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy, serves on its Chicago Chapter Board of Governors. He is the current Chair of The Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative. He is a Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. For 11 years, he was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. Ken is a frequent national lecturer and a published author on music law topics and entertainment law ethics. He is a contributing author to the widely used law school textbook, Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries (Biederman, et al.). With an affiliated office in New York City, Lommen Abdo's entertainment law department comprises five full time entertainment lawyers. Representative clients for whom Ken is responsible range from accomplished young talent such as 2007 Grammy winner Jonny Lang and gold album artist Anna Nalick; legendary performers such as 2007 Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Booker T. & The MGs; Garrison Keillor; the international smash hit "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc; and international artists such as Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Ken has assisted the development of other music acts such as Michelle Branch, individually and Jessica Harp, individually (The Wreckers); country rocker Rockie Lynne; teen sibling group justincase; and a cappella heroes The Blenders.

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