Pre-eminent Attorney In Cultural Heritage Law

Attorney Barbara T. Hoffman has extensive experience handling issues of cultural heritage in the U.S. and abroad. This is an expansive area of law that combines aspects of ethics, philosophy, legal theory and international law in order to preserve and protect cultural objects and antiquities.

Ms. Hoffman advises individuals, organizations and governments in handling a wide range of cultural heritage issues, including those involving:

  • Sustainable development
  • Underwater heritage, including those involving historic shipwrecks and sunken treasure
  • Exploration, expeditions and documentary filmmaking
  • Recovery and restitution of antiquities, stolen art and cultural heritage
  • Sacred sites and indigenous peoples' rights
  • Copyright and intellectual property issues
  • Customs issues regarding import and export of art
  • International treaties and their implications for collectors and museums

Representing Expeditions And Explorers

As a member of the Explorers Club since 1985, Ms. Hoffman has a particular interest and expertise in representing expeditions and explorers. From the formation of the business venture to advising on and negotiating contracts with sponsors to the monetization of intellectual property rights through film and TV deals, the firm's legal talents and contacts facilitate exploration and scientific discovery. She has counseled underwater expeditions and other expeditions as well as advised on legal and policy issues of concern to explorers including space law, the law of the sea and the Treaty on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

A Lawyer With International Experience

Ms. Hoffman has worked, lived and studied in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. As an attorney with decades of experience in art law, she has built a network of contacts to assist with cultural heritage issues around the globe. She regularly travels to assist organizations and governments with legal issues.

Call The Hoffman Law Firm at 212-873-6200 to discuss your legal concerns. Ms. Hoffman's office is located in New York City.