The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC) has honored Goldberg Segalla attorneys Jonathan S. Ziss and Michael P. Luongo with its 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of their outstanding pro bono service to the Philadelphia arts community. The attorneys are active participants in ABC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program, with which Jonathan, a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been involved since 2000.
He and Michael were nominated and chosen for the distinction after they successfully defended a local photographer in a complex invasion of privacy matter that not only allowed the artist to retain a critical part of her portfolio, but ultimately helped set favorable precedent in legal disputes over artists’ rights.
“By connecting local artists with willing and capable attorneys, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts fills a critical need for artists who don’t have the financial resources to seek out legal support when a dispute arises,” said Jonathan, who chairs Goldberg Segalla’s Aviation Litigation Practice Group and is a member of its Professional Liability, Commercial Litigation, and Cyber Risk and Social Media Practice Groups. “In helping artists defend their work, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts allows us to do our part to foster a thriving arts community in Philadelphia.”
The attorneys accepted the award on May 12 at ABC’s 30th Annual Awards Celebration, held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“It’s an honor to have been selected for this recognition, but being able to help an artist in need is what’s most important to us,” said Michael, a member of the firm’s Cyber Risk and Social Media and Professional Liability Practice Groups. “We’re proud to participate in such an important endeavor for the city of Philadelphia.”