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. Ms. Gurevich 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 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 Journal, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, Library and The Cultural Record, the ArtWatch UK Journal and the Institute of Art & Law’s journal, Art Antiquity and Law.

Daphne Chen Matthews

Daphne Chen Matthews is a New York attorney with over 20 years of banking compliance experience. She is the Founder and CEO of CHEN MATTHEWS Legal and Consulting Services, advising various industries on risk management, regulatory compliance, conflicts of interest, and business development. Ms. Chen Matthews holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and a JD from New York Law School. She is also a Certified Image Consultant through the Fashion Institute of Technology. Ms. Chen Matthews is an artist at heart, dabbling in figure drawing, improv comedy, and piano.

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. Ms. Rasner 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. Ms. Rasner is also 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.

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

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.

Advisory Board

Tess Bonoli
Sam P. Israel, P.C.
New York, NY

Jana S. Farmer
Wilson Elser
New York, NY

Diego R. Figueroa-Rodriguez
DLA Piper
Miami, FL

Noor Kadhim
Gardner Leader
London, UK

Webster McBride
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
New York, NY

Megan Noh
Pryor Cashman
New York, NY

Hanoch Sheps
Mazzola Lindstrom LLP
New York, NY


Cynthia Gayton (Emeritus)
Gayton Law
Adviser, 2019-20

Mia Tomijima (Emeritus)
Facebook, Inc.
Adviser, 2019

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