About 40 members of the WHNPA filled the WTTG Studio for a general membership meeting on November 29, 2012, to hear two experts speak about the timely subject of "copyright, privacy, appraisals and authenticity." The speakers were Ann Garfinkle, an attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Charles Barry Goldstein, a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers. Both have counseled professional photographers an artists on all aspects of protecting their work.
Ann M. Garfinkle
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).
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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59 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.
59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Eight Named as "Lawyers of the Year"
Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.
In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is delighted to announce that Ann M. Garfinkle has been chosen by the Washington Business Journal as one of the finalists in the Top Washington Lawyers program. Garfinkle was nominated in the category of Estates and Trusts Law, and selected from a pool of over 400 applicants.