With nearly a decade and a half of experience in both litigation and transactional law, Leila A. Amineddoleh is an expert in the field of art and cultural heritage law. She represents major art collectors, museums, galleries, dealers, non-profits, artists, estates, foundations and foreign governments. She has been involved in matters related to multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art and antiquities, complex fraud schemes, authentication disputes, art-backed loans, and the purchase and sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of art and collectibles.
As a leading specialist in art authentication, Leila collaborates with the world’s foremost forensic scientists and art historians to assist collectors and arts institutions through the complex authentication process. She also advises clients on the acquisition and sale of fine arts and cultural heritage works, and she has been involved in the return of valuable stolen fine art and looted antiquities. Leila also works with artists and entrepreneurs to protect their works and artistic rights and to develop intellectual property portfolios.
An internationally recognized expert on art and cultural heritage crime and law, Leila has lectured at esteemed institutions, including the Frick Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Neue Galerie, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She also frequently presents for legal and academic audiences, both domestically and internationally. Leila has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, ABC News, LA Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been published in legal journals, and arts publications, and she has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg and The Provenance Research Handbook.
As an advocate for the protection of cultural heritage, Leila proudly serves as a cultural heritage law expert for the New York District Attorney’s Office Antiquities Trafficking Unit. She served as an expert on a number of high-profile cultural heritage matters, including the repatriation of mummy parts to Egypt, the return of a rare 4th-century B.C. marble bull’s head looted from Libya during the nation’s civil war, the seizure and return of an Achaemenid limestone bas-relief looted from Persepolis and returned to Iran, the seizure of a Hellenistic statute stolen from Libya by a terrorist organization, and the repatriation of a number of Etruscan and Roman objects to Italy, including amphorae, other pottery pieces, and a marble mosaic belonging to Emperor Caligula.
Leila teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University. She served as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation from 2013 through 2015.
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