2017 Art Law & Litigation Seminar

Taking place in Miami at the opening of famed Art Basel, the 2017 FBA Art Law and Litigation Seminar will provide an unparalleled opportunity for expert insight and career development. This full day of CLE programming offers a variety of art-related legal topics presented by experts in the field including museum administration, protecting the market against forgeries, auctions, dealing with damage, and how to navigate sales and use taxes. You will be immersed in the world’s largest collective contemporary art fair—where top dealers, collectors, celebrities, and art journalists convene. It is Miami’s busiest, most celebrated, and fun week of the year!

Three Ways to Register:
1) Register Online
2) Fax the PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090
3) Mail the PDF Registration Form to Federal Bar Association; Attn: 2017 Art Law & Litigation Seminar; PO Box 79395; Baltimore, MD 21279 

 Early Bird
(on or before 11/3/17)

(after 11/3/17)

FBA Sustaining Member  



FBA Member



Affiliate Group








Non-Attorney (No CLE)


Law Student


Tuesday, December 5
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Lilt Lounge - located in the Kimpton Epic Hotel
270 Biscance Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131

Hosted by the South Florida Chapter

Wednesday, December 6
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Panel 1
Issues In Museum Administration

  • Raymond J. Dowd, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP (Moderator) 
  • Joseph R. Englander, Partner, Peretz Chesal & Herrmann, P.L.
  • M. Thérèse (“Terry”)  Vento, General Counsel, Perez Art Museum Miami
  • Ralph G. Wellington, Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Panel 2
Protecting the Art Market: Fakes, Forgeries, & Freeports

  • Dennis M. Wade, Partner, Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP (Moderator)
  • Special Agent Meridith Savona, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Office
  • Terressa Davis, Executive Director, The Antiquities Coalition
  • Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Panel 3
Protecting Art Fair Buyers

  • Maria Vathis, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave (Moderator)
  • Scott Hodes, Senior Counsel, Bryan Cave
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon with Keynote Address

  • Nicholas D. Lowry, Director, Swann Auction Galleries
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Panel 4
Art Auctions

  • Dennis M. Wade, Partner, Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP (Moderator)
  • Jonathan Illari, General Counsel, Americas, Phillips Auctioneers
  • Lisa Moore, The Moore Firm, LLC
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Panel 5
Wynn's Elbow: The Art of Dealing with Damage to Art

  • Dennis M. Wade, Partner, Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP (Moderator)
  • Elizabeth von Habsburg, Managing Director, Winston Art Group
  • Gloria Velandia Ludmer, Chief Conservator, Gloria Velandia Art Conservation; Chief Conservator, Art Basel Miami   
  • Natasha Fekula, Vice President, Claims Manager, XL Catlin
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote & Remarks

  • Intellectual Property Law Section

Premier Sponsor

Sustaining Sponsors

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP

Contact Melissa Schettler if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.

December 6, 2017
Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street, Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131

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