The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is very proud to release ASMP’s Business + Legal Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators.
A companion to ASMP’s Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19 released last month, this set of documents, forms, and videos discusses how creators should approach the business and legal issues facing them during the pandemic. This Guide, authored by ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey and his team of attorneys at Maddrey PLLC, helps to identify some of the most pressing issues that the pandemic creates for your businesses.
The Business + Legal Guide is only available for download by ASMP members.
Thank you for trusting ASMP to help guide you through this time.

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The ASMP Business + Legal Guide includes sections on contracts, liability, insurance, employee / contractor considerations, client communications, and a wealth of resources and downloadable templates.

This guide is only available to ASMP members, and will continue to be updated to ensure that you have access to current, relevant information to make those informed decisions.

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Authors + Experts

Thomas Maddrey – Lead Author

Thomas Maddrey is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC. Prior to attending law school at the SMU Dedman School of Law, Thomas was a commercial photographer, entrepreneur, and gallery owner. His photography training was at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where he obtained his first degree. Subsequently, Thomas obtained a Business degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. Since becoming General Counsel at ASMP, Thomas has been involved as the primary author on multiple U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals briefs, as well as drafting articles and leading courses for both creators and attorneys on Copyright Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, and on the range of other issues facing visual artists and photographers. Thomas is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as the State of Texas. He is an active member of The Copyright Society of the United States, sits on the board of The Copyright Alliance, the board and Executive Committee of The Dallas Opera, and is the designated representative for ASMP in the Author’s Coalition of America and the Coalition of Visual Artists, among other positions.

Madeleine Shroyer – Co-Author

Madeleine joined the Maddrey PLLC team as an associate in early 2018 and specializes in intellectual property law, business law, and nonprofit formations. Before working at Maddrey PLLC, Madeleine graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law, during which she was a legal intern at a boutique law firm, clerked for a Tarrant County district court judge, participated in a corporate counsel externship program with the Texas Rangers, and served as a student attorney for SMU’s Child Advocacy Clinic where she represented children who had been abused and neglected. With a passion for traveling and learning about the art history of different cultures, Madeleine treasures the opportunity to represent clients who desire to share their stories with the world through art.

Samantha Jorden – Co-Author

Samantha Jorden is an associate attorney at Maddrey PLLC specializing in Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and brand protection. Before joining Maddrey last year, Samantha graduated from Texas A&M School of Law where she spent four semesters working at the school’s Trademark and Copyright Clinic working with creators and IP owners in the community each week. As an artist herself working in both digital and physical mediums, Samantha understands the importance of protecting one’s creations in an ever-developing society.

Derek McKee – Contributing Author

Derek McKee is a workplace lawyer at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP who focuses on helping employers prevent lawsuits and, if necessary, prevail in litigation. He routinely advises employers on a wide variety of employment law issues such as hiring, compensation, discrimination, employee handbooks, employment policies, and terminations. He has experience both in single-plaintiff and class-action defense under federal and state employment law statutes. Derek’s goal is to enable employers—of all sizes—to thrive in their business ventures.

Special Thanks

While dozens of people have been involved in providing feedback and guidance in the creation of this Guide, particular thanks goes to the following people and organizations.

James Edmund Datri, ASMP
Kristin LaBarr, Maddrey PLLC
Victoria Gonzales, Maddrey PLLC
Bronte Story, Maddrey PLLC
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP




Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

The ASMP National Board

Marianne Lee, Michael Shay, Gabriella Marks, Felicia Perretti, Kevin Brusie, Thomas Donley, Rana Faure, Nicholas Freeman, Michael Hart, Leah Nash, Frank Rocco, Stretch Ledford (Ex-Officio)

Call to Action

ASMP’s Business + Legal Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators is only available to members. Additional member resources include FAQ’s, videos, and updates. If you are not currently an ASMP member, and are on the fence about joining ASMP, now is the time.