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Design with Protection: A Legal Workshop for Creatives

  • The Philadelphia Design Center 1313 South 33rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19146 United States (map)

Join attorney and entrepreneur, Karl Fowlkes, Esq. of the Fowlkes Firm, for a workshop on intellectual property, the independent contractor relationship and negotiating agreements in the creative space!

This session at The Philadelphia Design Center (PDC) is great for artists, designers, and creatives in the greater Philadelphia area, who are interested in learning more about...

  • how to negotiate service contracts,

  • knowledge on the independent contractor relationship,

  • protecting intellectual property

  • and treating your art and art services like a business.

This is a perfect chance to talk to a practicing entertainment and business attorney, so come prepared with your questions! 

Food will not be provided, but feel free to bring a snack or dinner to enjoy during the discussion.

BIO: Karl Fowlkes, Esq. is a solo practitioner, educator, and entrepreneur based in New York City. Karl focuses on assisting entrepreneurs, freelancers, and creatives organize and protect themselves in the digital age whether it's structuring investments, protecting intellectual property and maneuvering through early-stage startup issues. In a short time, Karl's clients include platinum-selling recording artists and creative companies that have been featured in Forbes and Business Insider. Karl also provides monthly insights, workshops, and articles on hot-button legal topics in addition to courses available on Teachable. Look for Karl on Instagram, Twitter, and Medium at @esqfowlkes.

PDC Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Sliding Scale Pricing: $10, $15, $20, $25

About our Sliding Scale: The Philadelphia Design Center (PDC) is a member-driven nonprofit coworking space and creative community hub. We are committed to supporting our city's diverse creative talent by providing inexpensive access to design technology, resources and space. We ask for your active participation in deciding your own contribution for this event! While we are currently refining our Sliding Scale Philosophy Statement, please refer to Ride Free Fearless Money's helpful round-up of Sliding Scale Pricing Models for assistance with deciding how much you can pay. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone will pay a similar percentage of their income to attend.

Finally, we acknowledge that we live in a world of income disparities and we each have differing privileges. With this in mind, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact Robin at for more information. 

A NOTE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY: Our space is located in a revitalized historic church building that is currently NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. Please contact Robin at with any questions or if you are interested in participating through alternative arrangements, such as phone and/or video conferencing.


  • There is FREE OFF-STREET PARKING located behind the Queen Memorial Building. The parking lot is accessible through the driveway between the two former church buildings on 33rd Street. There is also a bike rack near the steps. Please do not lock your bike to the iron gate.

  • This space has a private single-use bathroom.