EDUCATIONGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude
CLERKSHIPHon. J. Clifford Wallace, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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In her work at Grossman LLP, Kate Lucas has been instrumental to the firm’s representation of art dealers and galleries, collectors, investors, artists, museums, and foundations. She also has experience in general business litigation and contract matters for clients across a variety of industries.
In recent years, Kate has played a key role in a number of the firm’s high-profile art matters:
- Advising a museum on strategies for mitigating intellectual property risks associated with a major exhibition.
- Advising an artist’s foundation regarding copyright issues involved in an impending publication.
- Advising clients victimized by art dealers engaged in fraudulent activity.
- Representing a client pursuing the recovery of an artwork stolen from its corporate art collection.
- Representing dealers in connection with disputes with collectors, other dealers, and auction houses, and in litigation involving art-backed loans.
- Representing a prominent artist in multiple disputes over ownership claims to artworks.
- Representing a collector in a lawsuit against an art dealer who sold him stolen art.
- Advising an auction house in a dispute over a letter agreement in connection with an auction.
- Representing an artist seeking a declaration of his intellectual property rights in his works.
- Advising a museum in a dispute arising out of the museum’s sale of a portion of its collection.
Kate tirelessly follows emerging developments in the art-law arena, and she has developed a reputation as a “go to” commentator on current events in the field, including in publications such as the Guardian, the LA Times, Bloomberg Law, Artsy, and the Wall Street Journal. She has also been a guest speaker at Columbia Business School on the topic of legal issues in the art market. In 2020, she co-authored an article published in ARTnews on some of the legal challenges facing artists and galleries during the pandemic. Kate is also primarily responsible for the content and analysis provided by the firm’s Art Law Blog.
Before joining Grossman LLP, Kate served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, Kate was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she focused on labor and employment law. She earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University Law School, where she graduated in the top 2% of her class and was a two-year member of the George Washington University Law Review and the school’s Moot Court Board. Kate graduated, cum laude, from Harvard University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language. Between college and law school, Kate worked at a major Boston law firm and for a prominent New England antiques dealer.