Skip to content

Sullivan & Worcester

Nicholas O'Donnell

Boston, USA High Net Worth Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
Ranked in : Art and Cultural Property Law
chambers review
Individual Information
chambers review
Individual Information

Individual profile for High Net Worth 2021

High Net Worth

Chambers Review

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

High Net Worth
Art and Cultural Property Law - USA

Band 2

Nicholas O'Donnell of Sullivan & Worcester in Boston is principally known for his work on restitution matters. "He is well known in the restitution field and writes very frequently on the subject," says a source, adding: "He is extremely eloquent and knowledgeable on the subject." Another source says that "Nick O'Donnell is an exceptional lawyer," and has written what this source describes as "the leading book on Nazi looted art from a legal perspective." Several sources highlight O'Donnell's recent work on perhaps the most high-profile art restitution case in decades, the Guelph Treasure matter which went to the US Supreme Court in December 2020. One international interviewee says that "his knowledge of restitution cases, particularly in Austria and Germany, is unparalleled from a US perspective," adding that "on restitution-related art matters, he really stands head and shoulders above others."
View ranking table

Individual information

This content is provided by Nicholas O'Donnell

Practice Areas

Nick’s practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation, for which he has appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States. He represents manufacturers, individuals, investment advisers, banks, and others around the world in contract, securities, consumer protection, tort and domestic relations cases, with particular experience in the German-speaking world. He is also the editor of the Art Law Report, a blog that provides timely updates and commentary on legal issues in the museum and visual arts communities, one of his areas of expertise.

Nick is the Co-Chair of the Art, Cultural Property and Heritage Law Committee of the International Bar Association and co-chair of the New York chapter of the Responsible Art Market Initiative, as well as a member of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.


Argued in the Supreme Court of the United States as lead counsel to plaintiffs seeking restitution of the Guelph Treasure, sold under duress by Jewish art dealers in 1935 to the Prussian government. The case concerns the first case in which a U.S. court has found jurisdiction over a German state museum for claims to allegedly Nazi-looted art, Philipp v. F.R.G., 894 F.3d 406 (D.C. Cir. 2018)

High Net Worth
Nicholas O'Donnell

Sullivan & Worcester

Phone number

One Post Office Square




MA 02109

Ranked In

High Net Worth 2021

View Firm Profile
Share profile: