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Ann M. Garfinkle
Counsel
1800 M Street, NW
Suite 450N
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.659.6819
Fax: 202.327.6159
agarfinkle@wtplaw.com
Awards

Ms. Garfinkle is an AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer with extensive experience and expertise in representing artists (visual and literary) and collectors in contracts and intellectual property (copyright), wills, trusts and probate, and business law, including real estate. She is a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

General Civil Practice

AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer with extensive experience and expertise in representing artists (visual and literary) and collectors in contracts and intellectual property (copyright), wills, trusts and probate, and business law, including real estate.

Art Law

Represents artists, estates of artists, galleries, and collectors in all aspects of "the art business," from prominent American and European painters and sculptors

Artists who create large scale outdoor sculpture or sculptural environments for public spaces such as the U.S. Capitol Mall, airports, sports stadiums and parks

Estates of numerous artists and collectors including the Estate of Morris Louis

Licensing art and literary works

Branding and copyright/trademark protection for businesses who incorporate art into their business activities

Represent art galleries and art fairs

Wills, Trusts and Probate

Extensive experience in drafting wills and trusts, and probate, including the bequests of intellectual property, especially for the estates of artists and collectors; experience with blended and non-traditional families; experience with substantial estates; probate disputes, including litigation; and experience negotiating prenuptial agreements

Technology and Intellectual Property

Copyright registration and advice

International Practice

Licensing artistic and literary property internationally

Negotiating and drafting contracts between U.S. and foreign art venues

Nonprofit Organizations and Associations

Represent non-profit art and art conservation entities

Advise on applications for  501(c)(3) status

Represent non-profit colleges and museums

Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017 - present

Preeminent Lawyer for 25 years AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers: Inaugural Edition 2011, 2012

Memberships & Activities

Member:  District of Columbia Estate Planning Council; elected member of D.C. Planning Council (2001 - present)

Nominee: Top Lawyers in DC in Tax/Trusts and Estates by the Washington Business Journal

Member:  Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Trustee, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

Member:  ArtTable (national organization of female professionals in the visual arts field); elected member of ArtTable (2001 - present)

President: Morris Louis Conservation Fund, Inc.

Founding Director: International Network for Conservators of Contemporary Art, North America

Graduate: Mediation for the Professional, Center for Dispute Settlement, 2012

Editor or co-author: Art Law sections of the annual editions of the DC Practice Manual, District of Columbia Bar Association, (2005 - Present)

Frequent lecturer nationwide on Estate Planning for Artists: Estate Planning for collectors and The Law of Art Conservation

Member:  New York State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and American Bar Association

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1968)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S. 1964)