Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Court Admissions

  • Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Texas – El Paso, B.A., Art, 1995
  • California Institute of the Arts , M.F.A., Art, 1997. Philip Morris Fellow
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, 1998. Van Lier Fellow
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2006

SMS_Rhizome_2015_reducedMy legal experience includes advising visual and performing artists, private foundations, public charities, and non-profit arts organizations on matters involving intellectual property (copyright, trademark) and fair use/appropriation analysis, negotiating and drafting complex contractual agreements and business structuring, public art commissions, artist residencies, authentication disputes, moral rights claims, free speech controversies, and artist-gallery disputes.

I have negotiated authentication disputes with major auction houses as well as settling numerous disputes between artists and galleries. I have also worked on an important appeal under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 on behalf of the Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel in the artist’s highly-publicized dispute with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and have co-written amicus briefs for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court regarding another high-profile moral rights case, Chapman Kelley vs. Chicago Park District, in support of artist Chapman Kelley.

From 2006 to 2012, I was the Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where I advised and represented visual and performing artists and arts organizations. I have over fourteen years experience teaching art, critical theory, and law at the college or university level, and have had a contemporary art practice since 1992.

I provide pro bono services to select artists and art institutions, and I serve on the advisory board of three nonprofits: Denniston Hill Artists Residency, The Center for Artistic Activism and The Nietzsche Circle. In 2010, I founded The Art & Law Program, the first residency of its kind, as well as the Art Law School, a lecture series on the practical legal issues for artists. From 2009 to 2010 I was a mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis Program, where I advised public charities across the U.S. on legal, business, marketing and fundraising issues. From 2008 to 2010, I also served as a New York State Council on the Arts panelist. Since 2000, I have taught in a number of universities and art schools, including NYU, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, University of California-Irvine, Occidental College, CalArts, Hofstra University, and Brooklyn Law School.

Lastly, I am very fortunate to be teaching Contemporary Art and Law at Fordham Law School, where I am surrounded by an amazing faculty, extremely supportive staff, and a very intelligent group of law students. If you’d like to read my blogs or follow me on social media, you may access them here. I also contribute regularly to Hyperallergic, and those articles may also be accessed here. Lastly, if you’d like to read more about me you might like Daniel Grant’s article on my art & law practice, available here (pdf format).

Here is a brief list of institutions where I have taught seminars and lectured on art & law:

American Association of Law Schools
Arts Counsel of Texas, Dallas, TX
Bronx Museum
Brown University School of Art
Centre Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Columbia Law School
Columbia University School of the Arts
Cour de Cassation, Grand’Chambre, Paris, France
Cornell Law School
Creative Capital
CUNY Graduate Center, Center for the Humanities
El Paso Museum of Art
Fordham Law School
Fundación Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela
Georgia State University
Harvard University, Department of Visual & Environmental Studies
International Center of Photography
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC
McGill Faculty of Law, Montréal, Canada
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
New York Law School
NYU School of Law
Rhode Island School of Design
School of Visual Arts
SUNY, New Paltz
SUNY, Oswego
Texas A&M School of Law
Triple Canopy
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of California-Irvine School of Art
Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School
Yale Law School
Yale School of Management