Arts Foundation – Joint Venture

Represented The European Fine Arts Foundation (TEFAF) in the creation of a joint venture entity with Spring Show NYC LLC. The joint venture will own and operate a Fall and Spring art fair to be held annually at the Park Avenue Armory. TEFAF currently owns and operates the premier art fair in Europe (TEFAF Maastricht) and will be rebranded under the TEFAF brand through a license arrangement we also negotiated. This is a significant matter in the art fair/collector world as TEFAF is the gold standard among art fairs and plans to hold numerous large-scale events in New York in the future.

Art Law – Recovery of Stolen, Rare Books

We are helping our client, the National Library of Sweden, recover rare books stolen by a former employee and sold at auction. We have successfully helped our client recover a number of stolen books, and our work has been noted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. We are working with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Commission for Art Recovery – Baron Herzog Collection

Representation of the Commission for Art Recovery in recovering 10 paintings from the Hungarian government that were stolen from the heirs of Baron Herzog, a Hungarian aristocrat, during the Nazi regime. At Herrick's request, Senator Hillary Clinton wrote to the Hungarian Foreign Minister in support of our efforts. Senator Clinton issued a press release regarding her letter and also posted it on her website. To date, Herrick has also garnered support from Senator Lautenberg, Senator Kennedy and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

Wytfliet Atlas – National Library of Sweden

The Royal Library of Sweden, with the assistance of the United States Government and Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, has recovered a 415-year-old atlas which had been stolen along with dozens of other rare volumes ten years ago. Created by Cornelius van Wytfliet and known as the "Wytfliet Atlas," the book had been part of the Royal Library collection for over 300 years prior to its theft. The successful return of the atlas is the result of an ongoing investigation and recovery effort launched by the Royal Library in cooperation with U.S. officials and with the assistance of Herrick, Feinstein in hopes of locating all of the stolen books.

Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray – “Portrait of Wally” Restitution

After over ten years of litigation, our client, the Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray, achieved a very favorable settlement in the case of United States v. Portrait of Wally, which has been credited with being one of the first to focus the world's attention on the problem of Nazi-looted art. Egon Schiele's Portrait of Wally was stolen in the late 1930's from Lea Bondi Jaray, a Jewish art dealer and collector, by a Nazi agent. The settlement compensates the heirs for the true value of the painting—$19 million—and provides for permanent signage acknowledging the painting's true provenance to be placed next to the painting after it is returned to the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The painting will be exhibited at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York for three weeks, beginning with a ceremony on July 29, 2010 commemorating the legacy of Lea Bondi Jaray.

Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Various Restitutions

Representation of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich, the noted early Twentieth Century avant-garde artist, in connection with the recovery of his works from the Museum of Modern Art and the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University.

Art and Antiquities Dealer – Conversion Action

Representation of a London-based art and antiquities dealer in a conversion action seeking the return of a rare and valuable stone table consigned to and auctioned by an auction house in New York.

Marei von Saher – Goudstikker Collection – Dutch Restitution

Representation of Marei von Saher in her successful efforts to recover 200 artworks looted from her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker, during the Second World War. The works had been held by the Dutch Government for over 50 years.

Private Collector – Stolen Art Recovery

Representation of a private collector in recovering a collection stolen from an art storage facility and dispersed throughout the United States, and beyond, including Japan. We worked with the FBI Art Crime Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, helping to recover the majority of the collection. The thieves were caught, prosecuted and jailed.

Republic of Turkey – Medieval Religious Artifact Repatriation

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in its recovery of an intricately carved walnut panel from the Sultan's prayer gallery of the Great Mosque in Divrigi, Turkey, built in the 13th Century. We worked with the United States Government, which had sued a London art dealer, to secure the return of this priceless stolen antiquity. We also worked with Scotland Yard to achieve the return of four other panels from the Great Mosque, a medieval monument on UNESCO's World Heritage List of cultural sites recognize to be of "outstanding value."

Republic of Guatemala – Mayan Artifact Repatriation

Representation of the Republic of Guatemala in the recovery and repatriation of a portion of a 1,000-year-old Mayan monument that had been pillaged from an archaeological site.

Republic of Turkey – Lydian Hoard Restitution

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in recovering the fabled "Lydian Hoard" of ancient silver artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.