Quinn Emanuel has the premier practice in the world for art litigation and disputes. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the most complex and high-profile art disputes, and our deep relationships and experiences in the art world give us the unparalleled ability to deliver commercially successful results.
Our art litigation practice covers any dispute that touches the art world in any way. We have represented prominent artists, collectors, art galleries, foundations, museum directors, estates, art investment firms, art dealers, conservators, auction houses, and others involving numerous issues, such as:
We have been involved in the most high-profile and significant art litigation matters, including representing the Andy Warhol Foundation in its landmark successful case concerning Warhol’s fair use of source images for his celebrity portraits; representing Morgan Art Foundation in litigation concerning the rights to and legacy of Robert Indiana’s art, including LOVE; defending Ann Freedman and Knoedler Gallery against claims for selling forged artworks by Abstract Expressionist masters including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell; and representing Park West Galleries in litigation concerning the sale and distribution of Peter Max artwork.
Our practice co-chairs, Luke Nikas and Maaren Shah, have been profiled and spoken extensively on art law issues, including by The American Lawyer, which honored them as Litigators of the Week for major victories in two cases involving the artists Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, and by Bloomberg Law. Among several other accolades, both have been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for their work in Art Law, and a prominent art publication called Luke one of the most “highly influential” art lawyers in the world after he led the defense in an art forgery case dubbed by ArtNews as “The Art Trial of the Century.”
Among several other matters, some of our recent art world engagements include:
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.