George Mason University
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George Mason University

Ann Garfinkle

Adjunct Faculty

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  • 703-993-8926 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5087
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 1C8
    Arlington, VA 22201

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General civil practice. AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, Washington, DC with extensive experience and expertise in representing artists (visual and literary) and collectors in contracts and intellectual property (copyright), wills, trusts and probate, and business law, including real estate.

Art Law. Represents artists, estates of artists, galleries, and collectors in all aspects of “the art business,” from prominent American and European painters and sculptors.

Artists who create large scale outdoor sculpture or sculptural environments for public spaces such as the U.S. Capitol Mall, airports, sports stadiums and parks
Estates of numerous artists and collectors including the Estate of Morris Louis
Licensing art and literary works
Branding and copyright/trademark protection for businesses who incorporate art into their business activities
Represent art galleries and art fairs

Wills, Trusts and Probate. Extensive experience in drafting wills and trusts, and probate, including the

Bequests of intellectual property, especially for the estates of artists and collectors
Experience with blended and non-traditional families
Experience with substantial estates
Probate disputes, including litigation
Experience negotiating prenuptial agreements

Technology and Intellectual Property

Copyright registration and advice

International Practice

Licensing artistic and literary property internationally
Negotiating and drafting contracts between U.S. and foreign art venues

Nonprofit Organizations and Associations

Represent non-profit art and art conservation entities
Advise on applications for  501(c)(3) status


BS, University of Wisconsin; JD, Brooklyn Law School, Law, Brooklyn Law School (1968)

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Appointment: Adjunct

Faculty Rank: Instructor

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