Howard N. Spiegler is a partner and Co-Chair of the Art Law Group at the New York-based law firm Herrick, Feinstein LLP. He handles all types of art transactions, often with the assistance of other attorneys at Herrick, including counseling its clients on international trade issues, loans, museum and private exhibitions, organizing and structuring business entities, trust and estate matters, insurance issues, tax questions, criminal law concerns, and other matters. Howard has also been involved in several significant cases recovering stolen artwork or other cultural property, including rare books stolen from the Swedish National Library; the full value of a Schiele painting confiscated by a Nazi agent from Lea Bondi Jaray in Austria in the late 1930’s; 200 artworks looted by the Nazis from the Jacques Goudstikker Gallery in the Netherlands; numerous antiquities for the Republic of Turkey; and valuable Malevich paintings recovered for the Malevich family from the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Among other commendations, he has received the Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Defense of Art by the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) and the Prix Monique Raynaud-Contamine by the Union Internationale des Avocats. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Art Crime and has served as President and Vice President of the Art Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats and Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
We are pleased to introduce you to the very first edition of The Art Law Review. The field of art law has developed over many years to become a significant speciality in the law, as collectors, galleries, auction houses, museums and everyone else involved with art have expanded their collections and businesses throughout the world. Besides involving billions of dollars in the trade, art law has become the means by which the diverse cultures of our societies are governed and encouraged to develop.