Timothy Liam Epstein JD

Timothy Liam Epstein named one of Billboard Magazine’s top music lawyers of 2020

Please join DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC in congratulating our partner, Timothy Liam Epstein, Esq., for being named one of Billboard Magazine’s top music lawyers of 2020 for his work on behalf of clients in the live entertainment space.  Tim is one of the featured attorneys in the introductory piece discussing how he has helped guide his clients through this time of unprecedented economic and social upheaval.

Tim leads DB’s Entertainment, Events, & Festivals Practice Group.  While our entertainment practice is comprehensive in expertise, our focus is on serving the needs of business owners in the entertainment industry.  From promoters to ownership, we are well-attuned to client expectations and the unique demands of running a business in the entertainment industry.

Timothy Liam EPSTEIN extended his professional insight on IEBA’s Podcast.

On July 21, 2020, Mr. EPSTEIN offered his professional insight during an interview for IEBA’s Podcast.  The interview lasted about 30 mins in length and provided his legal perspective on common law considerations of force majeure provisions, emphasizing specificity, COVID-19 riders, the effectiveness of waivers, and more.

Workers’ Compensation & Remote Employees

As stay-at-home orders are being extended throughout the country, a significant population of the US workforce is and will continue to work remotely.  Because employers cannot actively monitor and supervise their employees, employers are exposed to additional risks of liability.  One significant risk is the potential for employees to sustain accidental injuries while working remotely.

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Timothy Liam EPSTEIN was Referenced in The Pitch entitled, "What Happens When a Music Festival is Cancelled due to Coronavirus?"

"Tim Epstein, a sports and entertainment lawyer whose festival clients include Pitchfork, Life Is Beautiful, and Riot Fest, explains that government-mandated festival shutdowns may trigger “force majeure,” a contract provision that lets people off the hook for their obligations under the deal if there are certain unforeseeable circumstances, such as a natural disaster. Epstein believes that most coronavirus-related festival cancellations will happen under similar government-ordered force majeure conditions.

“What happens is that the parties are basically returned to their position pre-contract—with an exception being compensation for work performed to that point, for reimbursement of expenses incurred at that point,” Epstein says. “Most of the work is going to be taking place at the time of the event. And so most of the contracts for that work will not require performance because of the force majeure event, nor will it require a payment for the performance that did not occur.” In other words, artists and vendors wouldn’t be paid except for work or expenses from before the festival was canceled."

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