Does anyone have any experience in art law? My degree is in art history, but I’m a corporate second year in big law. I’m interested in making a transition, but have no idea where to even start.

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It isn’t a full time gig. I know a bunch of people who tried to get into it, or who deal with it part time, including a few who started a firm. They ended up just switching to complex litigation because art law isn’t really a thing. Art is a predominantly handshake business and aside from the few newsworthy items (nazi art, fair use issues like with Prince, shady business stuff like with Mehretu’s gallerist) artists, collectors, auction houses, museums and galleries like to avoid using lawyers for their deals. Can expand if there’s anything more specific you’re curious about but it’s more of a theoretical area of law, at least in the US

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Talent agencies. Some have art departments. Don’t think mainstream law firms really do that.

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Very hard to get into unless you know someone or develop a brand — write some articles on art law topics to develop your brand. Volunteer for an art law section of your local bar. Etc.

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A partner at my firm has a really interesting art law practice. I've done some work for him on stuff involving artwork stolen by Nazis and other Indiana Jones-esque scenarios. He recently hired a mid-level associate who had been a museum curator before law school.

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Herrick feinstein I think has an art law practice group. Id also search for the firm that handled the litigation for that klimt artwork that was taken during the holocaust ( can't remeber the movie but it is based on real life and ryan reynolds was in it) that may lead you to other firms in this space.

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