We have unique experience in art law through our representation of individuals, corporations, art dealers, artists and an art auction house in litigation and transactional matters.  In disputed matters, we focus on finding productive and creative ways to resolve conflicts whenever possible.  We find that settlements and mediation can often be more advantageous to and less disruptive of our clients’ businesses.  If litigation is the best option, however, we have the experience and tools required to take resolute action in defending our clients’ interests.

We have handled disputes concerning ownership, consignments, authenticity, negligence and conversion.  We have also handled a range of issues pertaining to transactions in which works of art are pledged as collateral for loans and, as a result, have extensive experience in the Uniform Commercial Code’s application to art transactions.

Representative Work:

  • Represented numerous artists in disputes with art galleries pertaining to non-payment for sales of works of art and consignments of their work.

  • Defended an auction house in a lawsuit alleging conversion and negligence regarding a famous work of art.

  • Represented numerous clients in disputes arising from financing for art-related transactions and concerning rights to collateral consisting of works of art.

  • Advised artists on securing and retaining rights to their works of art when engaging in licensing agreements with third parties.

  • Represented a well-known sculptor in negotiating the terms of a long-term relationship with a Paris art gallery.

  • Advised art dealers on their rights in disputes with restoration companies relating to damaged works of art.

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