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Our lawyers are engaged in high-profile work in the art-law field.   The Firm’s managing partner, Judd Grossman, was recently recognized by Chambers as one of the country’s leading litigators in the field of art and cultural property law.  We have represented buyers and sellers in disputes concerning authenticity and ownership of works of fine art as well as copyright-infringement claims.  The following are examples of matters in which our attorneys have been involved:

  • Securing plaintiff’s judgment after 3-day bench trial in the Southern District of New York in a lawsuit seeking the return of a stolen American modernist painting to a major corporate art collection.  See Abbott Laboratories v. Feinberg, et al., 18-cv-8468 (LGS) (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Obtaining a unanimous affirmance in the First Department Appellate Division for a collector seeking to reclaim a Marc Chagall painting that had been stolen by a Manhattan art gallery as part of a massive art-fraud scheme.  See Silver v. Alon Zakaim Fine Art Ltd., 180 A.D.3d 467, 115 N.Y.S.3d 669 (1st Dep't 2020).
  • Achieving a summary-judgment victory in the Southern District of New York on behalf of a Manhattan art gallery in a title dispute concerning an Alexander Calder stabile, see Meaders v. Helwaser, 436 F. Supp. 3d 677 (S.D.N.Y. 2020), and successfully arguing the appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  See Meaders v. Helwaser, No. 20-730 (2d Cir.).
  • Obtaining complete dismissal for one of the country’s leading art galleries against a lawsuit by a billionaire art collector arising out of the consignment and $12 million sale of a Gilbert Stuart full-length George Washington portrait.  
  • Representing numerous art collectors and other entities in a series of lawsuits arising from an international art fraud, dubbed by ArtNews as “One of the Biggest Potential Modern Art Scandals.”
  • Representing Manhattan art dealer in a litigation with Universal Studios executive Ronald Meyer over a 2001 art sale.  See Meyer v. Seidel, et al., 20-cv-03536 (VSB) (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Successfully representing buyers seeking to recover purchase price of stolen Jasper Johns artworks. See Equinox Gallery Ltd. v. Dorfman, 17 Civ. 230 (GBD), 2018 WL 745707 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2018) (denying motion to dismiss federal RICO and fraud claims); Kolodny v. Meyer, et al., Case No. 14-cv-03354 (VSB) (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Obtaining summary judgment for Peter Beard in an action to recover three of the artist’s original works, and successfully arguing appeal before the First Department. See Beard v. Chase, 56 Misc.3d 1202(A), 63 N.Y.S.3d 304 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. June 19, 2017), aff’d, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 04636 (1st Dep’t 2018).
  • Successfully representing more than 10 victims of a massive art-fraud scheme in connection with state and federal civil, bankruptcy, and criminal proceedings.
  • Representing a private collector in an art-forgery litigation against the Knoedler Gallery and its former director relating to the $17 million purchase of an allegedly counterfeit Jackson Pollock painting.
  • Representing a prominent New York art gallery against a Carnegie Museum trustee arising out of the sale of a Peter Doig painting.
  • Counseling contemporary art museum concerning major Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition.

Grossman LLP advises collectors, galleries and artists on transactional matters related to the acquisition, retention and disposition of fine art.  Judd Grossman, the Firm’s managing partner, served as Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and he is a member of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served as the Chair of the Title Subcommittee.  And he regularly is invited to speak on art-law topics, including at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the NYU Art Crime Symposium, NYCLA’s Art Law Day, and the 2018 International Bar Association annual conference in Rome, Italy.  Judd regularly offers commentary regarding art-law matters on television and in major news publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and the Art Newspaper, among many others.