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Burton M. Fendelman

President

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Burton M. Fendelman

President

Burton M. Fendelman, Esq. is a practicing attorney with more than 30 years of experience in corporate business and finance. He has years of experience as a collector of art and antiques and more than 25 years of experience working with professional appraisers, museums and foundations for donations. Mr. Fendelman’s legal practice specializes in working with collectors, dealers, artists and others in the world of art and antiques. He consults on business, taxation, art and antiques collecting and collection issues and advises on the disposition of collections. Mr. Fendelman has served as a museum curator, authored numerous articles in art and antiques publications and lectured at New York University and other forums on art and antiques subjects. He is presently Counsel to the Antiques Dealers Association of America and Counsel to the Alliance for Art and Antiques. Mr. Fendelman is an active participant working with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Irina Tarsis

Founder

Treasurer & Managing Director

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Irina Tarsis

Founder

Treasurer & Managing Director

Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a practicing attorney admitted to the bar in New York State. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). Ms. Tarsis launched the Center for Art Law as a blog in 2008/2009. Under her leadership, the Center was incorporated as a stand-alone non-profit organization in December 2017. Ms. Tarsis has served on the faculty of the Teachers College/Columbia University (2020), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2012, 2017-2018) and the European Shoah Legacy Institute/Provenance Research Training Workshops in Vilnius, Lithuania (2013), Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy (2014). Her publications include articles in the IFAR JournalEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law JournalCultural Heritage & Arts ReviewLibrary and The Cultural Record, the ArtWatch UK Journal and the Institute of Art & Law’s journal, Art Antiquity and Law.

Louise Carron

Secretary

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Louise Carron

Secretary

Louise Carron, associate at Klaris Law PLLC, served as the Executive Director with Center for Art Law from 2019 to 2021. Ms. Carron advises content creators, start-ups, and nonprofits across creative industries and primarily focused on contractual matters, copyright use, First Amendment and new technologies. Ms. Carron enjoys teaching workshops on legal basics for artists and is a regular contributor to the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (EASL) Journal published by the New York State Bar Association, writing about street art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and copyright issues. Ms. Carron pursued her legal studies in France at the Université Paris Nanterre, where she earned a double Bachelor’s degree in French law and Common Law, followed by a Master’s degree in Comparative Business Law. She also obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Carron is a co-chair of the Publicity, Privacy and Media Committee of EASL Section and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee.

Diego R. Figueroa-Rodríguez

Director

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Diego R. Figueroa-Rodríguez

Director

Diego R. Figueroa-Rodríguez, Of Counsel, DLA Piper is an attorney whose main practice focuses on representing issuers and underwriters in public finance transactions encompassing multiple types of financing structures.  He has acted as counsel in over 50 financing transactions involving the issuance of over $21 billion of bonds. •Due to his involvement in the art world as a collector, philanthropist and board member at various cultural institutions, Diego’s practice also includes advising artists, museums, galleries, sovereign countries, private foundations, collectors, auction houses and non-profit art organizations on matters involving commercial, intellectual property, finance, litigation, tax and real estate aspects.

Carol J. Steinberg

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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. Ms. Steinberg 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

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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. 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 LLP, 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.

Hon. Barbara Jaffe (ret.)

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Hon. Barbara Jaffe (ret.)

Honorable Barbara Jaffe is newly retired from the New York State Supreme Court, New York County. She is now Of Counsel to Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, PC, where she focuses exclusively on cases brought in the New York State Supreme and federal courts.

Syracuse University awarded Judge Jaffe a BA, cum laude, after which she was awarded a graduate fellowship to study Italian Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy, obtaining thereafter an MA in Italian Renaissance Art. She obtained her JD from Brooklyn Law School, after which she represented indigent criminal defendants on appeal for The Legal Aid Society. After serving successively as principal court attorney to two Supreme Court justices, Judge Jaffe was elected
to the New York City Civil Court and subsequently appointed to the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, where she most recently presided in an individual assignment part and was specially assigned to try asbestos cases.

Presently, Judge Jaffe serves as a Director of the Center for Art Law, on the AdvisoryBoard of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), and on the Supreme Court Committee of New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA). She has served on many local and state bar associations, including as a director of JALBCA and chair of its Program Committee, as a director of the New York Women’s Bar Association and co-chair of its Committee on
Professional Ethics and Discipline, and as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s (State Bar) Task Force on Free Speech in the Digital Age and on the Executive Committee of its Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section for which she co-chaired the Bresler/Cowan Scholarship Competition.

Judge Jaffe was the New York City Bar Association’s (City Bar) Delegate to the State Bar and served on its Committee on Nominations, Committee on Art Law, Committee on Civil Court, Committee on Public Service and Education, and its Special Committee on Capital Punishment. At NYCLA, Judge Jaffe presided as co-chair of its Civil Court Practice Section and is a Founding Faculty Member of its Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute. She has also served on NYCLA’s Justice Center Advisory Board and its Committee on LGBTQ Issues, Pro Bono Committee, and Criminal Law Section.

Additionally, Judge Jaffe is a Past President of the Association of Arbitrators of the Small Claims Court which she represented when serving on the Executive Committee of the Network of Bar Leaders. She also chaired a joint committee of the City Bar and NYCLA which produced, in five foreign languages, the “Handbook for Criminal Defendants”; it was distributed state- wide and appears on the Unified Court System’s website.

Judge Jaffe was honored to receive the Beryl R. Jones-Woodin Art Law Alumni Award from the Art Law Association of Brooklyn Law School, and to have appeared in DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s groundbreaking film, “Unlocking the Cage,” about the efforts of the Nonhuman Rights Project to obtain habeas corpus rights for chimpanzees.
Judge Jaffe has presented numerous continuing legal education programs on evidence, asbestos litigation, capital litigation, professional ethics, criminal law and procedure, mediation, and small claims procedure for the Unified Court System, NYCLA, the City Bar, the New York Women’s Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, the Columbian Lawyers Association, and others. She also moderated annual panels on various art law topics for NYCLA’s Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute.

Selected articles, book reviews, presentations:

  • “Gerard David’s ‘The Justice of Cambyses,’ The Aesthetic, Religious, Mythological, Musical, and Legal Significance of the Flaying of Sisamnes,” 26 Green Bag 2d 25 (forthcoming, Autumn 2022)
  • “After the Plague: A Eucharistic Illusion in an Early Renaissance Last Supper,” Columbus Citizens Foundation, Zoom, Sept. 17, 2020
  • “Going Inside the Courtroom: Insight From the Bench,” New York County Lawyers Association Newsletter, vol 8, issue 15, Oct. 2013
  • “Visions of ‘Justice,’ Reviewing ‘Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms’”, by Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, 15 Green Bag 2d 209 (Winter 2012), http://www.greenbag.org/v15n2/v15n2_review_jaffe.pdf
  • “Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, & Artists” (Bresler and Lerner, 4th ed.) New York Law Journal, Dec. 10, 2012, at 6 (book review)
  • “What’s a Renoir Authenticity Case Doing in a Small Claims Court Like This?” Cultural Heritage and Arts Review (vol. 2, issue 1, Summer 2011)
  • “Finding the Uncommon Deal,” New York Law Journal, Apr. 8, 2011, at 6 (book review)
  • “The Art of Execution: Pictures and Punishment in Western Culture: The Aesthetic Image of Public Execution and its Impact on Criminal Justice: William Hogarth and the Law Relating to Capital Punishment in Eighteenth Century England,” 15 Law and Literature 2 (Summer 2003)
  • “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America,” New York Law Journal, March 14, 2000, at 2 (book review)
  • “Winning in Small Claims Court: A Step-by-Step Guide for Trying Your Own Small Claims Cases,” New York Law Journal, Aug. 13, 1999, at 2 (book review).
Rakhel Milstein

Rakhel Milstein

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Rakhel Milstein
Rakhel Milstein

Rakhel is the founder of Milstein Law Group, a boutique immigration law firm located in downtown NYC.  She has been practicing immigration law for over two decades, focusing on “extraordinary ability” visas and green cards. While she also handles all types of immigration matters, including standard work visas/green cards and family based cases, she has extensive experience resolving complex immigration cases in federal court, as well. She prides herself on finding creative solutions for her clients to allow them to live, work and/or train in the U.S.

 

Rakhel is a frequent panelist and lecturer at various organizations including Rattlestick Theatre, Columbia University, NYU Tisch, Cardozo School of Law and Stanford Business School.

 

She is a graduate of Bard College (B.A.) and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D.); where she was the Articles Editor, Journal of International and Comparative Law, Cardozo School of Law.

 

Rakhel is admitted to the bar in New York, the District of Columbia, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, District of Colorado, District of Nebraska and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Tess Bonoli

Morrison Cohen LLP

New York, NY

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Jana S. Farmer

Wilson Elser

New York, NY

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Evie T. Joselow

The Art of the Appraisal

New York, NY

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Noor Kadhim

Kadhims LTD

London, UK

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Eileen Kinsella

Artnet Worldwide

New York, NY

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Jen Kreder

Jennifer Kreder

Law Office of Jennifer A. Kreder

Miami, FL

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Jennifer Mass

Scientific Analysis of Fine Art

New York, NY

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Webster D. McBride

Grossman LLP

New York, NY

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Megan E. Noh

Pryor Cashman

New York, NY

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Hanoch Sheps

Mazzola Lindstrom LLP

New York, NY

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Yael M. Weitz

Kaye Spiegler PLLC

New York, NY

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Olivia P. Taylor

Withersworldwide

New York, NY

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Portrait of Blake Konkol

Blake Konkol

Penn State University, PA

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Yvette

Yvette Liebesman

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

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Olya Gurevich (Emeritus)

Board Member, 2017-2023

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B. Courtney Doagoo (Emeritus)

Advisor, 2021-2022

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Jessica Wessel (Emeritus)

Gurr Johns

Advisor, 2022-2023

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Cynthia Gayton (Emeritus)

Adviser, 2019-20

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Masha Rasner (Emeritus)

Board Member, 2017-22

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Mia Tomijima (Emeritus)

Facebook, Inc.

Adviser, 2019

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Mary Kosdan (Emeritus)

Advisor (2021-2022)

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Daphne Chen Matthews (Emeritus)

Board Member, 2020-2022

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