The firm has been handling art law and art litigation matters since 1981. We have advised, structured and litigated all elements of the purchase, sale, auction, and collection of fine art, cultural property and the like, involving domestic and international transaction among dealers, museums, galleries, publishers, auction houses, collectors, and entrepreneurs. The firm has also been active in brokering substantial deals relating to significant works of art.
The practice in these areas has included addressing key aspects of such transactions, including provenance, authenticity, title, condition, and value. It also involves intellectual property and foreign moral rights concerns, cultural heritage, patrimony matters, export and import concerns, and insurance issues. We have litigated art related cases in both State and Federal Courts in California, Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts among other states, as well as a number of foreign countries including France and England.
Over the years, we have negotiated a variety of art publishing agreements, set up distribution systems for the sale of original and limited edition art in two and three dimensional media, advised on and negotiated auction consignments and auction house guarantees and advised on public and private commissions of art. The firm has excellent sources for lawyers in foreign jurisdictions as well as relationships with appropriate art appraisers and art experts worldwide.
The firm either represents or has close relationships with a number of significant artists' estates, including Renoir, Degas, Rodin, and Erte. We have offices both here in Los Angeles and in New York City.