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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Art and Cultural Property Law

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The Hughes Hubbard & Reed art law team represents artists and collectors, dealers and galleries, auction houses and museums in transactional matters and in litigation over provenance, ownership and restitution.

"They are one of the first firms that I was aware of that had an art law practice," says a client, who adds that they can "trust they were going to have the knowledge base - I can call up and ask questions that don't require them to provide me with a prepared memo, they just have knowledge of our industry at their fingertips." Another source says their "expertise is excellent; they have never fallen short in terms of knowing the law." This interviewee adds: "I particularly like them because their people are very approachable, very responsive, very good at making the client feel they are the most important they have when you know full well that they have many."

Notable practitioners

Art litigator Daniel Weiner is a popular figure among art industry insiders, and he wins significant praise for his technical expertise, commerciality and his personable manner when dealing with clients and fellow attorneys. "Dan is just a really nice guy, which is important for me when working with lawyers especially," enthuses one client, who adds: "He is an honest, honourable man, with a great sense of humour, and he understands what we are looking for. He's very commercially savvy." This interviewee concludes: "He is knowledgeable, smart, decisive and a pleasure to work with." Another client says: "His speciality, and what sets him apart, is his focus on the actual commercial necessity that one needs to hear; not simply spotting risks and letting me make a decision but helping to guide me on the practicalities and where I need to focus in on the risk and where I can avoid it."

Michael Salzman co-chairs the art law group and is also the firm's general counsel. A client says Salzman is "incredibly responsive" and provides "great follow-up in terms of questions and making sure all the information we need is communicated." One of his fellow art lawyers describes him as "enormously reasonable" and "smart," and says Salzman's litigation style is "surgical," explaining that they "never got the feeling that a minute was wasted, but always focused on exactly the right points."

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Art and Cultural Property Law


Daniel H Weiner
Band 1
Michael E Salzman
Band 3