Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.


Board of Directors

Burton M Fendelman

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.

Olya Gurevich

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.

Irina Tarsis
Founder, Treasurer & Managing Director

Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and an attorney admitted to New York Bar. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University (MA) and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). In 2009, she launched an art law blog and developed it into the world-renowned nonprofit organization which is the Center for Art Law today. 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.

Carol J. Steinberg

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).

Masha Rasner

Masha Rasner has over 15 years of democracy and governance program management experience as well as ICT4D, media development, and journalism expertise. She has worked successfully both at headquarters and in the field managing projects focused on media & civil society development, Internet freedom, digital security, journalism education & safety, youth advocacy, new media, voter education, and emergency response. She currently serves as a Senior Program Manager at Counterpart International, providing oversight to several projects including a global USAID-funded Internet freedom/digital security initiative. Prior to this, Ms. Rasner served as a Kyrgyzstan Country Director and Central Asia Deputy Regional Manager for Internews Network. While in Kyrgyzstan, Ms. Rasner worked with a wide coalition of local and international partners to advance higher professional standards of the media and identify solutions following inter-ethnic violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. She is a Board Member of a local media development organization in Kyrgyzstan and served as an academic advisor and chair of the thesis committee at the Journalism and Mass Communications Department at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Born in Ukraine, Ms. Rasner is a US citizen, and she holds an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Peter J. Toren

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 S. Farmer
Wilson Elser

Diego R. Figueroa-Rodriguez
DLA Piper

Cynthia Gayton
Gayton Law

Noor Kadhim
Gardner Leader

Webster McBride
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Megan Noh
Pryor Cashman

Hanoch Sheps
Mazzola Lindstrom LLP

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