Consignment of Artworks Worth More than $40 Million

Represented a U.S. collector in a consignment of over $40 million worth of artworks to major auction houses during the 2015 auction season.

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.

Royal Library of Sweden – Recovery of Stolen 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

Represented  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.

Royal Library of Sweden-Recovery of Wytfliet Atlas

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

Represented the Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray in achieving a very favorable settlement in United States v. Portrait of Wally, one of the first lawsuits that focused 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 compensated the heirs for the true value of the painting—$19 million—and provided for permanent signage acknowledging the painting's true provenance placed next to it in Vienna's Leopold Museum.

Commercial Bank – Art Loan

Represented a major U.S. bank in a multimillion-dollar loan to a high net-worth individual, secured by the borrower's art collection.

Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Various Restitutions

Represented 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

Represented 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

Representing 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

Represented 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.

Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Amsterdam Settlement

Representing 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.

Republic of Turkey – Medieval Religious Artifact Repatriation

Represented 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 U.S. 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.

Republic of Guatemala – Mayan Artifact Repatriation

Represented 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

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