Federal Bar Association

Miami Sizzles With FBA Art Law & Litigation Conference

Ocean Drive scene at night lights, cars and people having fun, Miami beach. La noche de Ocean Drive en Miami Beach, Florida, Estados Unidos.

Miami is a cultural juggernaut, and the arts have never been hotter in South Florida. The Magic City’s rich art sensibility is as colorful as the graffiti murals, contemporary art, beautiful beaches, mixed media displays, and eclectic gastronomic scene popping up everywhere from Wynwood to South Beach.

The South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Law and Federal Litigation Sections of the FBA, is launching the first annual Art Law & Litigation Conference Wednesday, Nov. 30. All registered attendees are invited to the Welcome Reception Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum that houses an extraordinary collection of Native American art, Egyptian antiquities, and paintings from celebrated artists like Claude Monet. Register by Friday, Oct. 28 to take advantage of early bird discounts at www.fedbar.org/artlaw16.

The largest metropolis in the American southeast is one of the most exciting arts communities in development today. Go inside private galleries and learn about the city’s public projects. Explore Miami’s world-famous Art Deco District. Study how Wynwood transformed from urban decay into an artist’s sanctuary.

There is no denying the fact that fine arts are valuable objects requiring legal care. Every year, tens of billions of dollars change hands in the international art market. Galleries, museums, dealers, lenders, not-for-profits, collectors, heirs, and artists face challenges to the ownership, provenance, and authenticity of their collections and works.

Art law does not have its own separate and unified jurisprudence; art lawyers may focus on entertainment, labor relations, criminal, tort, tax, international, contract, and intellectual property law. Panelists at the Art Law & Litigation Conference will touch on many of these legal disciplines while examining art lending, bankruptcy, and building an art law practice. This full day of CLE programming offers insights from top art law litigators as well as respected art fair executive directors and the artists themselves. Join the FBA Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 to catch up with colleagues or make new connections. It is a wonderful time of opportunity for the art law community.

The FBA Art Law & Litigation Conference takes place at the opening of the famed Art Basel in Miami Beach. Each December, gallerists, collectors, artists, and curators make their way to the palm tree lined streets for Art Basel. Miami is a model of inclusion and cross-fertilization of ideas involving art professionals, art dealers, high-level museum shows, local galleries, and important collectors.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, thousands will descend upon Art Basel in Miami Beach to view the latest in painting, installation, sculpture, photography, and more. Since 1970, Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons. This is where top lawyers, dealers, collectors, celebrities, and art journalists convene.

As temperatures drop, Miami is the place to soak up the warm sunshine and examine art law matters, from provenance and business structure to the monetization of private collections and charitable contributions. The process of refining the law to be responsive to the needs of artists, galleries, and the collecting public is an opportunity to survey what the art world requires to survive and thrive. Register for the Art Law & Litigation Conference at www.fedbar.org/artlaw16 and follow the FBA’s new blog at blog.fedbar.org!


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations and social media campaigns.