We combine boutique level expertise and experience in art law with the world class professionalism of a full service, global law firm.
For some of our clients, art is a form of currency. We unlock and preserve art’s value to secure debt financing, to protect investments through insurance, to minimize estate tax liability, and to structure donations for maximum tax benefit.
For some of our clients, art is a source of controversy. Our art law dispute resolution attorneys guide clients through an array of controversies arising from art creation, sale, restoration and loss, copyright, ownership, consignment, insurance coverage, public art, authenticity, valuation, forgery and fraud.
For some of our clients, art is a calling. We help artists express their inspiration, protect their works and avoid unnecessary risk and obstacles.
Copyright and artists’ moral rights, licensing, commissioned works and public art installations, relationships with dealers, galleries, museums, expositions and traveling exhibitions, insurance and import/export are some of the more common issues in which we counsel both artists of world renown and the next generation of innovators.
Our breadth and depth in all matters relating to art, including negotiation, documentation, transaction structuring, finance, international trade, tax and intellectual property, have helped clients across the globe protect their interests and maximize their investments of money, time, talent and affection. Specifically, we help:
- artists and patrons create works of public art and protect their moral, commercial and legal rights;
- galleries set up shop, manage risks and succeed;
- publishers acquire rights to art portfolios for commercial distribution;
- families correctly plan and administer estates to maximize value;
- banks and borrowers convert art to collateral;
- artists safely navigate gallery consignments and commissions;
- art exhibitors create a platform for artists from around the world to display their works;
- purchasers establish the authenticity and ownership of a work of art;
- galleries and collectors review and negotiate art insurance policies and collect on loss claims;
- collectors get justice following exposure of a forgery or a fraud; and
- governments and agencies draft legislation protecting artists and public art programs.