Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.


Board of Directors

President | Burton M. Fendelman is a practicing attorney with more than 35 years of experience specializing in financial matters. Currently, Mr. Fendelman’s legal practice specializes in working with collectors, dealers, artists and others in the world of art and antiques consulting on business, tax and general collecting, art and antiques related issues and advising on the disposition of collections. He has more than 30 years of experience as a collector of art and antiques, more than 25 years of appraisal knowledge and had an art and antiques business for more than ten years. Mr. Fendelman has served as museum curator, authored numerous articles and lectured at New York University and other forums on art and antiques subjects. Mr. Fendelman is presently General Counsel to the Antique Dealers’ Association of America and Counsel to The Association for Art and antiques.

Secretary | Olya Gurevich is a linguist turned technologist. She is currently Co-founder and Chief Scientist at, a San Francisco-based startup aiming to bring artificial intelligence to the analysis of political messaging and propaganda. In the past, she’s been a data scientist and manager at Apple, Microsoft, and several startups. She has a long-standing interest in bringing insights from humanities into technology, as well as reconciling academic research and industry.

Founder, Treasurer, and Managing Director | Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a practicing attorney in New York. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). In 2009, she created and art law blog and developed it into the Center for Art Law, a sustainable non-profit. A long-term member of bar associations in New York, she contributes to legal scholarship through regular publications and lectures on various topics, including resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, and fair use issues affecting visual arts.

Masha Rasner is a contractor for the U.S. Department of State where she works on human rights and democracy issues. Having spent over 15 years in international development, she has lived and worked abroad, including a stint in journalism. Her education is in foreign affairs, international law, and comparative literature. 

Carol J. Steinberg has practiced art, copyright, and entertainment law in New York City and on the East End of Long Island for over twenty years. She is a Member of the Faculty of the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches courses on artists’ rights. Carol is a co-chair of the Fine Arts Committee of the State Bar’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section and a member of the City Bar’s Art Law Committee, where she chairs the sub-committee on Artists’ Rights. She is also a consultant to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and a member of the East Hampton Arts Council, the Fine Arts Federation, and ALAI (international artists’ rights organization founded by Victor Hugo).

Peter J. Toren is an intellectual property attorney in Washington, D.C. where he helps individuals and companies protect their IP rights. He has represented a number of individuals and organizations on art related matters, including the Calder Foundation. Currently, Mr. Toren is representing his family in a case against the Federal Republic of Germany involving family art stolen during the Second World War. (Toren v. Federal Republic of Germany, 1:16-cv-01885-RJL (D.D.C.)). Prior to entering private practice with Sidley Austin, Mr. Toren was a federal prosecutor and handled a number of high-profile investigations involving violations of the CFAA, Criminal Copyright, Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods and the EEA. He is the author of the leading treatise on criminal violations of intellectual property rights and computer crime, Intellectual Property & Computer Crime, (Law Journal Press), and the co-author of Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (Wolters Kluwer). He has published over 100 articles and won the 2010 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for his article, The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy Law.

Advisory Board

Jana Farmer, Partner at Wilson Elser. Jana represents clients in matters of copyright, sale, and transfer of rights in artworks, protection of valuable creative assets, and general commercial disputes and transactional matters. A key contributor to the expansion of the firm’s Art Law practice, Jana is an active member of NYSBA’s Entertainment Arts and Sports Section and its Fine Art Committee, and of ArtsWestchester. She also publishes articles, presents on art law topics, and provides pro bono services for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. 

Diego Figueroa-Rodriguez, Of Counsel at DLA Piper. Diego’s main practice focuses on public finance transactions. A philanthropist, collector and board member at various cultural institutions, Diego also advises artists, museums, galleries, and other major organizations involved in the art world on matters including business, intellectual property, finance, litigation, tax, and real estate. Diego currently serves as a member of many boards, including the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the International Bar Association, and the Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA. Diego is one of the author of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, published by Thomson Reuters.

Cynthia Gayton, Gayton Law. Cynthia is a member of both the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the owner of Gayton Law, in Arlington, Virginia which concentrates on small business formation, intellectual property, information technology, and business transactions/contracts. She has worked for the federal government, in the private sector, and for non-profit organizations. She has written several articles and publications on smart contracts and blockchain, including Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation published by Kendall-Hunt in January 2017 and self-published work Guide to Copyrights & Trademarks for CryptoCreatives in January 2019. 

Mia Tomijima, Consultant at Deloitte. Mia is a New York attorney, with a specialized focus on technology, brand management, and privacy and data risk. She currently consults global Fortune 500 companies in Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory practice, where she provides operational advice to companies on their data management, privacy, and information security risk and compliance with US and international privacy laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, Mia worked at a New York-based law firm, advising clients on intellectual property, brand management, and enforcement issues. She also worked at Christie’s and served as a Post-Graduate fellow at Center for Art Law. Mia has an art history degree from UCLA, and a passion for advising artists and creative entrepreneurs on how to protect and profit from their creative outputs with the use of technology.


Center for Art Law relies on the generosity of its supporters to pursue our research and education mission. Major supporters of 2018-2019 include:

Denise Benmosche
Abigail Carroll
Martha Chapman
Vivian Diamant
Gold Capital Fund
Burton Fendelman
Scotti Hill
Hobart Associates
Barbara Jaffe
Eddie Jones
Caroline Keegan
Jennifer A. Kreder
Tom Kline
Harry Martin
Flora Midwood
Laura Midwood
Steven Morgan

Megan Noh
Claudia Oberweger
Masha Rasner
Christopher Robinson
Steven Schindler
Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving
Doug Sheer
Walter Staab
Lucille A. Roussin
Raisa Tarsis
Althea Tomijima
Mia Tomijima
Peter Toren
Susan Vinci
Rinae Watanabe
Mikhail Zeldovich

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