Yael Weitz focuses her practice on advising claimants seeking restitution of stolen or looted artworks, as well as advising museums, art galleries, dealers and collectors in a variety of matters relating to art and cultural property law.
As part of Herrick's Art Law Group, Yael represented the National Library of Sweden in its efforts to recover priceless books that were stolen from the National Library. With the assistance of the United States Government, the National Library successfully recovered several rare books, including the "Wytfliet Atlas," a 415-year-old atlas which had been part of the National Library's collection for more than 300 years prior to its theft. Yael also assists in the representation of Marei von Saher in her efforts to recover Nazi-looted artworks from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector and dealer, Jacques Goudstikker.
Before joining Herrick, Yael received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender. While in law school, Yael interned with the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Yael received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Binghamton University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Yael is fluent in Hebrew.
Memberships & Associations
- New York City Bar Association