The Hoffman Law Firm
Providing Innovative Solutions To Creative Clients For Decades Worldwide

Peer Acknowledgments:

The Chair of the New York City Bar Association and International Bar Association, Committees on Art Law, selected to Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in New York, Best Lawyers in the United States from 2010 to the present, and by her clients receiving the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Award for Contributions Made to American Visual Artists.


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"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."


Dread Scott, Artist

"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."

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Barbara curated and moderated a sellout program for World Ocean Week at the Explorers Club.

Last month we issued our first newsletter version of The Art Lawyer's Diary, which also appears in blog form on our website. This edition of The Art Lawyer's Diary is published by One Art Nation: "The Art lawyer's Diary, The Venice Biennale Arte 2019: A Focus on New, Emerging and Usually Invisible Voices at the Mother of All Biennales."

Settled lawsuit on behalf of Estate of Ana Mendieta regarding copyright infringement against Amazon Studios' Suspiria.

Selected to Best Lawyers for both Art Law and Copyright Law 2019 and Super Lawyers 2019 intellectual property and intellectual property litigation.

Invited as a speaker on the Reconstruction of the Destruction of Memory at the ICLAFI Korea 2018 Symposium in Jeju Island.

Negotiated and structure the transfer of an endowed center from a State University to a major art institution in another state.

Negotiated and structured transactions involving artist with major fashion designer and manufacturer.

Represented photographer in major international traveling exhibition in China.

Represented foundation and curator in major exhibition of 20 chinese and 20 brazilian artists in private museum in China with bank and government sponsorship.

Speaker at Artist legacy planning workshop sponsored by VLA.

Learn About Attorney Barbara T. Hoffman

Barbara T. Hoffman started her legal career as assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York. From 1975 to 1985 she was a full-time associate professor of law teaching constitutional law, land use and property, art law and intellectual property. She returned to full-time legal practice and founded The Hoffman Law Firm in 1986 in New York City.

During her years of practice, she has developed a broad range of knowledge and experience in all art law issues and related legal practice areas. Because of her prominence, positions in international legal organizations and speaking engagements at international art fairs and conferences, she has developed an international network of legal scholars and practitioners able to work with her and consult on cross-border transactions. She is often consulted by the media and is invited frequently to lecture on art law and copyright, particularly involving art, film and TV and the Internet. To learn more about her education, experience and reputation in the international art community, read Ms. Hoffman's profile.


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