2020 Art Law & Litigation Conference


The 2020 Art Law and Litigation Conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to gain expert insight, benefit from networking opportunities, and earn CLE credit. This full day of educational programming will offer a variety of art-related legal topics presented by experts in the field. This conference is designed as a gathering for practitioners invested in the intersection of art and the law.

We've made it easy to register for this national event:

Register Online
Scan PDF Registration Form to meetings@fedbar.org 

Faxed and mailed registrations are also accepted. Check payments will only be processed when mailed. You must include the check in the same envelope as the form. Please be advised that faxed and mailed registrations may take up to a week for processing.

  - Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 
  - Mail PDF Registration Form to the below address 
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2020 Art Law Conference
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

Registration Fees

One Day:
Art Law Only
Two Day:
Art + Fashion
Early Bird
(on or before 1/10)
(after 1/10)
Early Bird
(on or before 1/10)
(after 1/10)
Sustaining Member   $250  $295  $455  $550
Member  $260  $310  $480  $580
Nonmember  $335  $385  $630  $730
Govt/Academic  $185  $190  $330  $340
Observation Only/Student  $85  $90  $130  $140

Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, January 17, 2020. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Ariel White at awhite
@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests. 

Thursday - February 6
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Panel I
Legal Strategies to Protect an Artist’s Market
Artists face risk when their prices rise too quickly, or they become the subject of market speculation. This panel with discuss legal strategies that artists can employ with collectors, investors, and dealers in an effort to safeguard their market. The panelists will address the increasing market practice of adding provisions to invoices and purchase agreements restricting the future sale of artworks, legal issues to consider when accepting amounts from third parties for the production of works, working with independent artist liaisons, legal issues that arise with editioned works, and access to information and financial participation in secondary market transactions. The talk will include panelists from varying legal perspectives, including the artist’s perspective, the gallerist’s perspective and the collector perspective. Attendees will learn negotiating tactics for purchase documents, artist representation agreements with galleries and securing the advancement of artist production costs.

  • Amelia K. Brankov, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC (moderator)
  • Kathy Battista, Program Director Emerita, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • Melissa Passman, Counsel, Alpine Global
  • Yayoi Shionoiri, Director, Chris Burden Estate and Nancy Rubins Studio
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Panel II
The Business of Robo-Art: How AI is Changing the Way Physical and Digital Art is Created, Traded and Collected
New technologies are changing the art market and associated legal industry. This panel will analyze legal issues surrounding the production and authentication of art with new technological innovations, as well as the sale of art via online platforms. Attendees will learn copyright setbacks and new techniques for protecting art in this new age of technological advancements. Industry representatives will discuss recent cases and disputes from both the European and US perspective.

  • Ahmed Elgammal, Artist and Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • Luke Nikas, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Massimo Sterpi, Partner, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli Partners  
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel III
Art Authentication: Legal and Conceptual Developments
Art fakes and forgeries have become increasingly prevalent in today’s legal climate. Recent cases involve uncovering and prosecuting forgers, new developments in procedures and processes to evaluate the authenticity of a work of art, legislation under consideration, approaches to contract protection for authenticators, and different approaches to defining what constitutes an authentic work of art. Speakers will address the proliferation of forgeries on the art market and new methods of assessing authentic work. Attendees can expect to learn about potential claims against authenticators and their defenses to those claims. Discussion will also unpack reasons why authenticators have ceased authenticating and measures that can be taken to protect authenticators from unfounded lawsuits.

  • Dean R. Nicyper, Partner, Withers Bergman LLP
  • Colette Loll, Founder and Director, Art Fraud Insights LLC
  • Jennifer L. Mass, President, Scientific Analysis of Fine Art, LLC
  • Amanda A. Rottermund, Associate, Withers Bergman LLP
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote
Rembrandt: The Bankrupt Printmaker – Insolvency and Financial Disasters Yesterday and Today
Fine art and fiduciary drama intersect in the world of the Rembrandt van Rijn, the Dutch painter and printmaker whose life and times (1606-1669) are an object lesson in how passion interplays with a need for sound financial planning and a good bankruptcy and estate lawyer. This keynote address will include discussion of interesting mortgages, defaults and processes, Fraudulent Transfers and litigation/appeals, jurisdictional issues, secret corporations to avoid creditors, and remarkable similarities between the Dutch system of the 17th Century and today in the US.
  • Hon. Scott C. Clarkson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Panel IV
Current Issues in Art Valuation Cases Before United States Tax Court
This panel will feature a discussion of handling art valuation cases in the United States Tax Court. Speakers from the private and public sector will address due diligence and best practices in submitting art appraisals to the IRS, IRS definitions for qualified appraisers and appraisals, vetting the appraiser and the report, and how to mitigate the potential for IRS challenge. Attendees will leave the panel better equipped in the use of art experts in tax cases and witness preparation.
  • John P. Barrie, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (moderator)
  • Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, President and Founder, Art Appraisal Firm, LLC
  • Keith Fogg, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Panel V
“Beauty Provoketh Thieves Sooner than Gold:” Trends in Art Crime
Works of art are highly susceptible to forgeries and theft and serving as vehicles of illicit funds because of the potential and variable value, the ease for transporting and liquidating by selling to museums, auction houses, and private collectors, and the ability—especially with the advent of technology and the internet—to forge artists and styles. This presentation will focus on trends in art crime over the last the twenty years, including the threat and pressure on the market, types of crime and charging methods, investigation, and challenges to prosecution. The panelists will discuss recent trends in the type of crime, charging decisions, including a recent focus on fraud charges, and will discuss their work and experience in preventing and countering art fraud and theft from a variety of perspectives; including law enforcement, the civil sector, and academia.

  • Lindsey Lazopoulos Friedman, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida, U.S. Department of Justice (moderator)
  • Derek Fincham, Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Robert Giczy, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Nicholas O’Donnell, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • Stephen Urice, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Wrap-Up of Hot Topic Art Law Issues to Watch in 2020

  • Katherine Wilson-Milne, Partner, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP; Co-Host of The Art Law Podcast

Conference attendees can receive a discounted rate at The Freehand Hotel, a short 5 minute walk from the conference venue. Book your room online and use promo code FEDBAR to receive a 10% discount off their lowest available rate and have your nightly facility fee waived. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy for all individual rooms. This offer will expire on January 21, 2020.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Caitlin Rider, Conference Manager.

February 6, 2020
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park S
New York, NY 10003

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