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Representation Of Museums And Other Nonprofit Organizations

Attorney Barbara T. Hoffman of The Hoffman Law Firm is a pre-eminent art lawyer who represents museums and other nonprofit organizations worldwide from her New York City office. She handles the full range of art issues for organizations and provides strategic counsel in all issues related to art, antiquities and cultural heritage.


During her many years in practice, New York City art lawyer Barbara T. Hoffman has counseled museums and written extensively on issues of board governance, development, board conflict of interest and other issues related to the operation of a charitable entity.

Ms. Hoffman’s work includes handling issues related to unrelated business income (UBI) derived from the sale of merchandise and other items. She has also advised clients on:

  • Exhibition contracts, auction contracts, commercial contracts, new media contracts and building expansion contracts
  • Traveling exhibition, joint ventures and co-sponsorship agreements
  • Licenses
  • Gifts and acquisitions, including the interpretation of restricted gifts
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Tax issues
  • Matters of stolen, indigenous or Nazi-looted art
  • Authentication of art

Furthermore, Ms. Hoffman has experience negotiating multimillion-dollar deals on behalf of collectors and donors involving gifts of collections, sales of collections and other related issues.

Charitable Foundations

A particular area of focus for Ms. Hoffman is the artist charitable foundation. In her art law practice, she has obtained 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for the foundations of numerous artists, designers and other creative individuals for whom their art, intellectual property and creative properties may constitute a significant estate or foundation asset.

These foundations are dedicated to both the preservation of an artistic and literary legacy and other charitable purposes important to the founders such as environmental sustainability and civil rights. Several foundations are dedicated to environmental and cultural heritage and other issues of sustainability globally or in dedicated geographic regions.

A Leader In Art Law

The Hoffman Law Firm‘s reputation is not as a blogger but as the creator of the content which bloggers write. Attorney Barbara T. Hoffman has been a pioneer in the field of art law, with an extensive list of published articles and speaking engagements worldwide in academia, international art fairs and to professional organizations, which demonstrate her experience and reputation in the art law community. Additionally, she is the editor of the legal text for Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practice and is interviewed frequently for publications, including World Politics, Art in America, ARTnews and Art+Auction.

To speak with Ms. Hoffman about the legal issues your museum or organization faces, call 212-873-6200 or send an email.

“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