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Herrick Feinstein is highly respected by art market commentators for its work on contentious and non-contentious art law matters. "They have some good lawyers and understand the art world and the nuances within it," observes an interviewee. Its attorneys advise a wide range of clients, including auction houses, dealers, collectors, artists and cultural institutions, on major transactions, loans and insurance matters.
The firm is particularly well known for assisting clients, including governments, with recovery claims. "They are the go-to firm for art restitution disputes," according to a source, who adds that "they are very well known in art world circles." An attorney observesthat "their claimant-side restitution practice is pioneering, and they practise those claims the right way."
Howard Spiegler advises on contentious and non-contentious art law matters and is described by a peer as "an excellent lawyer." He has long-standing experience in art restitution cases, often acting for foreign governments in high-profile litigation connected to the recovery of art and cultural property. "He is a first-rate lawyer in this space and best known in his work in cultural patrimony," notes a market commentator. "He knows his stuff, is very cerebral and even-handed in this approach," remarks an art expert.
Lawrence Kaye is "seen as a leader in his space and a real go-to adviser in the market," says an interviewee, who adds that "he has lots of experience." He acts for wealthy collectors, institutions and foreign governments on complex and high-profile litigation. "He is very good on cultural patrimony cases and acting in big litigation concerning the return of ancient artifacts and other cultural property," explains a fellow attorney. Another interviewee states that "he is a real expert on art restitution cases."
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Herrick is extremely proud to have one of the world's most prominent art and cultural property law practices. We regularly counsel museums, galleries, auction houses, dealers, artists, collectors and owners (both private and corporate, including estates, trusts, banks and financial institutions) on a variety of art-related issues, including contract, copyright, VARA, financing, authentication, insurance, title, attribution, trusts, 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 and organizing and structuring business entities. We advise clients on criminal matters and international trade issues, including treaty questions and export, import and customs matters. Our litigation practice ranges from basic contract disputes to complex domestic and international actions and we are globally recognized leaders in art recovery. 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. Herrick’s Art Law Group is adept at handling the full range of art-based financings, including loans supported by a gallery or dealer’s inventory, as well as art loans originated by niche asset-based lenders.