Providing Innovative Solutions
To Creative Clients For Decades Worldwide

Selected to Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in New York,
and Best Lawyers in the United States from 2010 to the present.
The Chair of the Committees on Art Law for the New York City Bar.
Association and International Bar Association.
Recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Award
for contributions made to American Visual Artists.
Member, Former Counsel and Officer of Explorers Club.
Former Counsel to the College Art Association.
Board President of the Friends of the National Museum of Mali.
Director and Officer 2012 to Present of Currents: Art and Music.
Member of New York Women in Film and Television from 1986.
Current Officer and Director of Performa, Inc.
Advisor and Trustee Emerita of the Anyone Can Fly Foundation.
Trustee of Tairona Heritage Trust.
Member, New York Women in Film and Television.
The Black Arts Council and the Contemporary Arts Counsel MOMA. Inc.
Founder Washington Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

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The Hoffman Law Firm is a preeminent art law boutique, recognized globally by artists, galleries, collectors, museums, creatives, and explorers as the leader in the field of art, copyright and cultural heritage law. A pioneer in the field of art law, Barbara T. Hoffman has passionately counseled, mentored and defended the interests and vision of her clients globally.

Founder Barbara T. Hoffman

Barbara T. Hoffman


“As an attorney who has specialized in art law for more than three decades, Hoffman advises artists, their estates, and foundations; museums; collectors; galleries; auction houses; and even foreign governments on matters related to intellectual property, copyright, artists’ rights, and cultural heritage. Working with renowned artists such as Maya Lin and Faith Ringgold, she has litigated precedent-setting cases involving copyright and fair use, establishing copyright protection for visual images on par with that for music used in film and television. She has also been instrumental in drafting contractual guidelines for public art projects around the world.”
“I make art to radically change the world. A friend once told me that while most artists need dealers and collectors, I also need lawyers. Barbara is one of my go to attorneys. She does a range of things that most artists need. But her love of art and artists has enabled her to help in ways that others might not be so adept. She has enabled me to understand the laws so that I can make and present the art I want to make and she has had my back when the police have tried to put me in jail.”

– Dread Scott, Artist

“Art world insider, Barbara Hoffman, is my go to choice for any artist or collector to develop a long range vision and successful legal strategy. She has consistently combined creative out of the box thinking with incomparable knowledge and decades of experience to assist me and all those that I have referred to her.”
David Raymond
Philanthropist, Collector, Artist, & Film

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