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Herrick, Feinstein is extremely proud to have developed one of the most prominent practices in art and cultural property law. We handle all types of art litigation and alternate forms of dispute resolution, and also actively represent and counsel clients in corporate and commercial art law matters. As leading advisers in the field, our attorneys regularly lecture around the world and write for leading legal and art journals and magazines on a variety of art law issues. They have been profiled in leading publications ranging from Art & Auction to Forbes.com.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our art litigation practice is broad-based, ranging from basic contract disputes to complex domestic and international actions. We handle a variety of cases dealing with trademark and copyright infringement, defamation, moral and visual rights, breach of warranty, misattribution, tax and trust matters, valuations, appraisals, experts, auctions and the like.

Our art litigation attorneys are recognized throughout the world as leaders in the art recovery area. We have successfully resolved recovery claims on behalf of foreign governments, museums, the heirs of Holocaust victims, the heirs of famous artists and other claimants, and have recovered for our clients hundreds of lost and stolen antiquities and artworks, including:

      • The fabled "Lydian Hoard" of ancient silver artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the Republic of Turkey.

      • The "Elmali Hoard" of extremely rare ancient silver coins from a major collector, also for the Republic of Turkey.

      • A thousand-year-old Mayan artifact for the Republic of Guatemala.

      • Several works by Kazimir Malevich, the world-renowned Twentieth Century Russian artist, from City of Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art and the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, on behalf of Malevich's heirs.

      • Hundreds of artworks looted from 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.

We have handled a number of major cases in this area, including the much publicized efforts of the heirs of Lea Bondi Jaray to recover a painting by Egon Schiele confiscated by a Nazi Agent. We achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of the heirs which included full compensation for the true value of the painting. View All Matters >>

Commercial Art Practice
Our attorneys regularly counsel museums, art galleries, auction houses, dealers, artists, collectors and owners (both private and corporate, including estates, trusts, banks and financial institutions) and other clients on a variety of art-related issues, including contract, copyright, VARA, financing, authentication, insurance, title, attribution, trust, and tax and estate planning questions, among others.

We represent clients in all types of art transactions, including the purchase, consignment, sale and auction of major works of art, domestic and international loans of significant objects of art and art collections, organizing and implementing major museum and private exhibitions, organizing and structuring business entities, preparing contracts involving emerging technologies and a variety of other activities. We also advise clients on criminal matters and international trade issues, including treaty questions and export, import and customs matters.

Our work involves insurance issues and, in many cases, coordinating with insurers. We have developed a close working relationship with both brokers and insurance company professionals in this highly specialized arena. We also advise clients on their insurance options and the various products and markets available. In addition, insurance professionals benefit from our experience in the recovery of stolen fine art.