Art and Museum

State-of the-art legal representation

Our Art and Museum Law Practice Group has thorough, first-hand knowledge of the national and international fine arts world, allowing us to offer practical solutions to your complex issues. We work directly with artists, private collectors, local, national, and international museums, museum trustees and board members, museum directors, art investors, private foundations, galleries, and auction houses. Our interdisciplinary team is comprised of attorneys from diverse practice areas and backgrounds—from intellectual property, estate planning, to taxation.

We have an insider’s view of the world of fine arts and its valuable place in our culture, and we apply this expertise to offer a wide variety of business and legal services, including:

  • Counseling art and museum institutions on issues such as intellectual property, acquisitions, deaccession, publication, merchandising, employment, and corporate formation and governance
  • Estate planning and charitable giving
  • Private foundations and philanthropic gifting
  • Tax services involving valuation, deferred exchanges, sales, and use
  • Purchases, sales, and loans
  • Consignments
  • Auctions
  • Donor issues
  • Cultural heritage issues
  • Intellectual property – protection, licensing, enforcement, and litigation
  • Artist and gallery agreements
  • Art insurance
  • Digital and social media issues
  • UBTI Issues

 

Our lawyers serve on boards of directors and advisory committees to local and internationally known museums. One of our lawyers is a primary author of the Massachusetts Art Consignment Statute (M.G.L. 104A).  Our lawyers also received the Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Lawyer of the Year Award (also known as the Robert B. Fraser Award) and the Boston Estate Planning Council Estate Planner of the Year Award. Our lawyers frequently speak on issues related to the fine arts community, and one of our lawyers is an adjunct professor in the master’s degree program for Arts Administration at Boston University.

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