Stinson Leonard Street Partner Joel Leviton Recognized by Springboard for the Arts for Legal Service to the Arts Community
Stinson Leonard Street LLP partner and intellectual property attorney Joel Leviton has been honored with the Clough & Post Distinguished Service in the Arts Award from Springboard for the Arts.
The Saint Paul-based organization helps connect local artists with the resources they need to make a living and a life, supporting their professional success while positively impacting the local economy. He is the inaugural recipient of the award, named after the state’s first copyright litigators who brought an infringement suit on behalf of a playwright.
Leviton, whose legal practice focuses on trademark and copyright litigation, is a longtime volunteer with Springboard for the Arts and has served on its Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts team, which provides ongoing legal education and pro bono legal advice ranging from contract review to tax issues to First Amendment challenges.
A guitar player, Leviton has a particular appreciation for the challenges artists face because legal and business literacy is not often taught as part of arts education. He brings his professional skills and experience to help artists navigate the competitive arts and entertainment markets.
In 2014, Leviton volunteered his time to help Minnesota performing artists and theater companies organize their intellectual property portfolios. He also also teaches the annual Copyright Essentials workshop, which gives artists and arts organizations a basic grounding in copyright issues.