Darlene Fairman is Counsel with the law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, where she has practiced since 1994. Darlene's practice includes a wide range of civil litigation with recent emphasis on complex commercial and real estate litigation in New York's state and federal courts. Representative matters include:
Since 1994, Darlene has also been an active member of Herrick's art law practice. Beginning with the successful representation of the Republic of Turkey in recovering the "Elmali Hoard" of rare and valuable ancient silver coins, Darlene has represented Turkey in matters seeking the return of looted cultural property. In addition, she has represented the heirs of the world-renowned Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in their litigation against the City of Amsterdam to reclaim artworks created by their ancestor. This litigation was successfully settled in April 2008 when the City of Amsterdam returned five Malevich paintings to the heirs. Darlene is actively involved in Holocaust looted art matters including the ongoing representation of Marei von Saher in her efforts to recover hundreds of Nazi-looted artworks from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector and dealer, Jacques Goudstikker. Additionally, she has represented art dealers and galleries in various matters and successfully represented a jewelry designer in a copyright dispute. Since its inception in 2009, Darlene has been the Editor-in-Chief of Art & Advocacy, Herrick's triannual art law news letter.