“I’m not just an IP attorney in real life, I also play one on TV.”

Did you catch Kenan on last week’s episode of Portlandia? In a really fun instance of art imitating real life, Kenan represents Simpsons-creator Matt Groening in a copyright lawsuit over bootleg t-shirts. Check out this link for a short clip.

Upcoming Seminar – Safeguarding Artist Rights and Public Artworks

Kenan Farrell will be presenting a one-hour CLE titled “Representing Artist Clients” on November 7, 2014 at the Indiana State Bar Association.

Kenan’s seminar will provide fundamentals and practical tools for representing artist clients, particularly visual artists. Key topics will include intellectual property (copyright and trademark), moral rights and rights of publicity. He will also discuss typical contracts that attorneys are likely to encounter, including agency, commission and gallery agreements.

Carmel-based attorney Randall Cloe will be presenting a second hour titled “Contracting Artist Rights and Defaulting to VARA if You Don’t.” Randall’s discussion will review a range of contracts that are instrumental to the creation, display, licensing, and sale of artwork. The focus will be on key contract provisions that are instrumental to the transfer and display of artwork, including the default legislative protections provided under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) and how the courts have applied them.

Click here for registration information.


Upcoming Seminar – Crucial Information for Health Law Attorneys & Executives

Kenan Farrell will be speaking at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s Annual Continuing Legal Education Program. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. This year’s topic is: Crucial Information for Health Law Attorneys & Executives: Law, Business, and Ethics in Today’s Healthcare Marketplace.

6.0 Hours Indiana CLE Credit (including 1.0 Hour of Ethics)

Sessions include:

Liability of innovator companies regarding generic products
New Rules of Discovery
Mobile Health Apps
Social Media Issues for Attorneys
Update on Indiana Discipline Cases


Kenan will be discussing Social Media Issues in the Healthcare Industry.

More info and registration is available here.

IP Litigation Updates

Not sure where to go to find out about EVERY trademark or copyright lawsuit filed in Indiana? Be sure to check out the Indiana Intellectual Property and Technology Blog - www.indianaintellectualproperty.com – to stay current.

The Oregon Intellectual Property Blog – www.oregonintellectualproperty.com – tracks all Oregon lawsuits.


5-Year Anniversary…time flies!

Today is the 5-year anniversary of KLF Legal. I’m pleased to report that the firm is thriving and big plans are already in store for the next several years. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the first 5 years and here’s to many more.

Annual Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum: Donor Intent vs. Public Interest

Kenan will be moderating the panel at this year’s Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum on the Legal and Business Environment of Art. The topic is Donor Intent vs. Public Interest.

The panel will be an examination of issues raised in the documentary, The Art of the Steal, about the struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion.


  • Kenan Farrell, ’03, Attorney and Adjunct Professor teaching Art & Museum Law at McKinney Law
  • Kathryn Haigh, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions, Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Laura Holzman, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, Herron School of Art & Design
  • Robert A. Katz, Professor of Law and Philanthropic Studies

Screening of the film, The Art of the Steal:  4:00 p.m., Wynne Courtroom
Panel Discussion: 6:00 pm, Wynne Courtroom
Reception: 7:15 pm, Atrium

This event is co-sponsored by the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the IU Herron School of Art & Design, and the IU Kelley School of Business.

For more information and to register, click here http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/events/current.cfm?eid=156.


Kenan Farrell receives Early Career Achievement Award

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law honored five alumni during a special reception on May 3. Andrea Ciobanu, Kenan Farrell, Janet Gongola, Kirby Lee and Mark Roesler were the honorees at the 2013 Evening of Celebration.

Kenan Farrell received the Early Career Achievement Award, “In recognition of outstanding career achievement and distinction in the legal profession, community contributions, and service to his alma mater and whose loyalty will further the development, growth, and excellence of the profession and the school’s reputation.”

Indiana Lawyer “Terms of Art” features Kenan Farrell

Thanks Wandini and Indiana Lawyer for the nice feature in your May issue. The Garten Haus is indeed a beautiful Mass Ave office!

Link: Terms of Art: effecting viral social change

Kenan Farrell named to 2012 Forty Under 40

Kenan Farrell has been selected as one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2012 Forty Under 40. Criteria included the  level of success nominees have achieved in their chosen field, their accomplishments in the community and the likelihood that they will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.

Short interview and video here.

See the full list of the IBJ’s 2012 Forty Under 40  here.