Leila A. Amineddoleh

Leila A. Amineddoleh
Specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law

Leila A. Amineddoleh

With over a decade of litigation experience , Leila A. Amineddoleh is the Founder and Managing Partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP where she specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law. She began her career as an associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she specialized in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, and then worked Of Counsel at Lombard & Geliebter where she founded the firm’s art law group. She next co-founded an art and intellectual property law firm, and after two years of a successful practice there, Ms. Amineddoleh established her own firm to better suit the needs of her clients.

Ms. Amineddoleh is involved in all aspects of due diligence and litigation, and has extensive experience in arts transactional work. She has represented major art collectors and dealers in matters related to high-profile multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art, and complex fraud schemes. As a leading specialist in art authentication, she collaborates with the world’s foremost forensic scientists and art historians to assist collectors and arts institutions through the complex authentication process. She also advises clients on the acquisition and sale of fine arts and cultural heritage works.

Ms. Amineddoleh proudly works with artists and entrepreneurs to protect their work and artistic rights, and develop intellectual property portfolios. She is also a certified legal mediator. She has been published extensively on issues related to art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property, and has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She also served as the art law and art crime correspondent for Artsy, and has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg.

As an advocate for the protection of cultural heritage, Ms. Amineddoleh also serves as a consultant to the New York District Attorney’s Office for antiquities investigations.

Ms. Amineddoleh is a recognized expert in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law, and teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University. She was privileged to serve as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation from 2013 through 2015. Ms. Amineddoleh is also a musician and regularly performs the piano in and around New York City.



Ms. Amineddoleh received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. In law school, she was an Editor of the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum online journal. Prior to law school, Ms. Amineddoleh received her undergraduate degree in economics from New York University.



  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York



  • Italian
  • Spanish



  • Art Law Committee of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Co-Chair and Founding Member of Young Patrons of the Hispanic Society of America
  • Young Friend of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Junior Council Member of the Neue Galerie
  • Steering Committee Member of Lincoln Center Young Patrons
  • Legal Chair of SAFE (Saving Antiquities for Everyone), 2009-2010
  • Steering Committee Member of the Art & Cultural Heritage Committee of the ABA Section of  International Law
  • Bar of the City of New York Chamber Music Ensemble Committee Member (2010-2012)
  • Advisory Council Member of John Cabot University



  • Panelist and Moderator, “Art Collecting: What You Should Know About Art & the Law,” Art Expert Symposium for Harvard Business School (November 2017).
  • Panelist, “International Cultural Heritage,” 2017 Cultural Heritage Law Conference, National Trust for Historic Preservation (June 2017).
  • Participant, “The Preservation of Art and Culture in Times of War,” Penn Museum and University of Pennsylvania Law School (April 2017).
  • Speaker, “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Vandalism and Looting,” Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University, San Bernardino (February 2017).
  • Panelist, “Panama Papers,” Art Law Day 2016, Appraisers Association of America (November 2016).
  • Guest Speaker, “ISIS in Iraq and Syria: Looting the Ancient Near East,” Kernochan Institute, Columbia University (November 2016).
  • Distinguished speaker, “Fitch Colloquium,” Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University (September 2016).
  • Guest speaker, “Cultural Heritage Vandalism and Looting,” Rago Arts and Auction Center (September 2016).
  • Panelist, “Introduction to Collecting,” Philadelphia Museum of Art (May 2016).
  • Lecturer, “Edvard Munch, Art Theft and Art Crime,” Neue Galerie (April 2016).
  • Moderator, “The Parthenon/Elgin Marbles: New Perspectives on a Centuries-Old Dispute,” Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (March 2016).
  • Art and the Third Reich: From Degenerate and Looted Art to Recovery and Restitution, Boston College Fine Arts Department (February 2016).
  • Guest Speaker, “Art Law,” hosted by the International Intellectual Property Society (December 2015).
  • Panelist, “Art Law Symposium: Street Art, What is Protectable?”, Cardozo Law School (December 2015).
  • Lecturer, “Art Crime: Thefts, Forgeries, Vandalism, and More,” Brooklyn Brainery (November 2015).
  • Art crime consultant for Museum Hack, providing a training session to the museum group (Summer 2015).
  • Presenter, “Protecting Art & Cultural Property Through International Law,” American University International Law Review: 2015 Spring Symposium (Feb. 2015).
  • Panelist, “Real or Fake? What’s Happening With Authentication and Indemnification,” New York County Lawyers’ Association (November 2014).
  • Presenter, “Hot Topics in Art Law: Forgeries and Fakes,” Lawline CLE (July 2014).
  • Panelist, “Purchasing Art in a Market Full of Forgeries: Risks and Legal Remedies for Buyers,” All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference, Universite de Geneve (June 2014).
  • Public lecture, “An Examination of Art Theft and Looting,” hosted by the Guarini Institute at John Cabot University, (June 2014).
  • Public lecture, “Legal Issues in Art Restitution: Historic Looting, the Monuments Men, and Nazi-Looted Art,” sponsored by the Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts, Fine Arts Department (April 2014).
  • Panel moderator and speaker for “The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage,” sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Fordham Art Law Society (November 2013).
  • Panelist for “Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Property Implementation Act,” Committee on Art Law, City of the Bar of the City of New York (October 2013).
  • Moderator for “Defining Cultural Ownership: Shifting Focus, Shifting Norms,” sponsored by Fordham Law School Intellectual Property Law Journal and the Art Law Society (April 2013).
  • “Legal Perspectives on Seizure and Wartime Looting” for the Annual International Conference for the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (June 2012).
  • Panelist for “Art in the Time of Chaos,” sponsored by New York Law School’s Fine Arts and Culture Law Association (April 2012).
  • Presenter at the Annual Unlisted Conference, “It’s All in the Packaging: Enhancing Visibility of Archaeological Cultural Heritage Preservation,” hosted by the American Institute for Roman Culture in Rome, Italy (March 2012).
  • “The Looting of Spain’s Cultural Heritage Property” for the Annual International Conference for the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (July 2011).
  • “Art in Honor of Looting” lecture for Art & War course at Association for Research into Crimes against Art (July 2011).
  • Moderator for “Snapshot of Cultural Heritage Law” for the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association event held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (June 2011).
  • “Cultural Heritage Property Law” lecture for Art Law Seminar at Boston College Law School (March 2011).
  • Legal Consultant for “The Mystic Kiss of Mahir Cagri,” a documentary film about the legal issues involving the world’s first internet celebrity and his battle to protect his identity (May 2010).
  • “Title and Property” lecture for Art Law Seminar at Boston College Law School (March 2010).



  • “$450 Million Da Vinci: Why Was Damaged Painting So Expensive?,” Live Science (December 2017). Available HERE.
  • “Looted Art in the Third Reich,” Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg. Ed. John Michalczyk. London: Bloomsbury Publishing available for purchase HERE.
  • “Art Crime in Film,” Art & Museum Magazine (Summer 2017). Available HERE.
  • “Why the Feds Were Smart Not to Throw the Book at Hobby Lobby for Buying Iraqi Loot,” Artnet (July 2017). Available HERE.
  • “Why Turkey Tried, and Failed, to Halt Christie’s Auction of $14.4 Million Statue,” Artsy (May 2017). Available HERE.
  • “What it Takes to Recover a Stolen Work of Art,” Artsy (October 2016). Available HERE.
  • “A Crowdfunding Platform Is Out to Save Rome and Pompeii from Ruin,” Artsy (August 2016). Available HERE.
  • “Are You Faux Real? An Examination of Art Forgery and the Legal Tools Protecting Art Collectors,” Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring 2016). Available HERE.
  • “The Ins and Outs of Stolen Art, Explained,” Artsy (May 2016). Available HERE.
  • “Cultural Heritage Vandalism and Looting: The Role of Terrorist Organizations and Wealthy Collectors,” Santander Art & Culture Law Review, 2/2016 (1): 27-62. Available HERE.
  • “Article About Copying and Forgeries is Plagiarized by an IP Attorney,” IP Watchdog (April 2016). Available HERE
  • “Hiding Art Assets, Anonymity & The Panama Papers,” Asset Search Blog (April 2016). Available HERE
  • “How western art collectors are helping to fund ISIS,” The Guardian (February 2016). Available HERE
  • “The Knoedler Gallery Settlement is the Biggest Missed Opportunity for Greater Art Market Transparency in 100 Years,” Artsy (February 2016). Available HERE
  • “A Brief History of Art Forgery- From Michelangelo to Knoedler & Company,” Artsy, January 2016). Available HERE
  • “Purchasing Art in a Market Full of Forgeries: Risks and Legal Remedies for Buyers,” International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 22, Issue 2-3 (Fall 2015). Available HERE
  • Can the Market Help Preserve Antiquities?,” Wall Street Journal (August 27, 2015). Available HERE
  • “Recovering Art Assets & Cultural Heritage Property,” Asset Search Blog (March 16, 2015). Available HERE 
  • “The British Museum Should Return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece,” Forbes (December 2014). Available HERE
  • “Family Law: Artworks in Dispute,” Boston Bar Association Newsletter (Fall 2014). Available HERE
  • “The Odyssey of the Greek Marbles,” N.Y. Times (December 12, 2014). Available HERE
  • “The Extension of Statute of Limitations for the Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art,” American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Vol. 31 (May 2014). Available HERE.
  • “Protecting Cultural Heritage by Strictly Scrutinizing Museum Acquisitions,” Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. XXIV, No. 3 (Spring 2014). Available HERE.
  • “Nazis, Monuments Men, Hidden Treasures, and the Restitution of Looted Art,” Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring 2014). Available HERE.
  • “Museums have a Responsibility to Protect Cultural Heritage: An Examination of Proper Acquisition Practices Used to Effectively Safeguard Items of Cultural Significance,” AEDON, Journal of Arts and Law Online (Fall 2013).
  • “Museums’ Role in the Trade for Black Market Cultural Heritage,” Art Antiquity and Law, Vol. XVIII, Issue 2 (October 2013). Available HERE.
  • “Will the U.S. Supreme Court Provide Insight to Nazi-Era Looted Art Disputes?,” Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Summer 2013, Vol. 24, No. 2.
  • “Protecting Church-Owned Cultural Heritage,” AEDON, Journal of Arts and Law Online, No. 3, 2012, ISSN 1127-1345. Available HERE.
  • “The Pillaging of the Spain’s Cultural Heritage Property,” Journal of Art Crime, Fall 2011, Issue 6.
  • “Interview with Art Loss Register In-House Counsel Chris Marinello” in the Summer 2011, Vol. III, Issue No. 2 Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law. Available HERE.
  • “The Getty Museum’s Non-Victorious Bid to Keep the “Victorious Youth’ Bronze” in the Winter 2011, Vol. III, Issue No. 1 Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law. Available HERE.
  • “Phoenix Ancient Art and the Aboutaams in Hot Water Again” in the Spring 2009, Vol. I, Issue No. V Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law. Available HERE.



  • Legal expert in “Art and Fashion Law,” FedSoc Films, Federalist Society (Forthcoming Winter 2017).
  • Persepolis Relief Seized in New York, Laura Chesters, Art Trade Gazette, Nov. 2017, available in print copy only.
  • Le retrait des Etats-Unis de l’Unesco ne tourmente pas trop les americains, Shahzad Abdul,  Oct. 20, 2017, available at  http://www.lejournaldesarts.fr/jda/archives/docs_article/147765/le-retrait-des-etats-unis-de-l-unesco-ne-tourmente-pas-trop-les-americains.php
  • How an Ancient Statue Sparked a Global Legal Battle, Georgi Kantchev, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 27, 2017, available at https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-an-ancient-statue-sparked-a-global-legal-battle-1506532132
  • Art and cultural heritage attorney featured in “Mysteries In The Museum: Crime And Deception In Art,” WNPR, Sept. 8, 2017, available at http://wnpr.org/post/mysteries-museum-crime-and-deception-art  
  • Art law panelist on “The Hobby Lobby Smuggled Antiquities Case,” Knowledge@Wharton, Sirius XM, Aug. 8, 2017, available at https://businessradio.wharton.upenn.edu/bestof/knowledge-@wharton/?h=LXw49
  • Art and heritage legal expert for “Who Owns Antiquity?”, WNPR, July 20, 2017, available at http://wnpr.org/post/who-owns-antiquity
  • Interviewed as cultural heritage expert on Russian Today News, “Leila Amineddoleh comments on artefacts looted from the Iraq,” RT News, July 10, 2017, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvFK60GhuHY&t=9s
  • Quoted in “Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy in artifacts smuggling scandal,” Lorraine Caballero, Christian Daily, July 9, 2017, available at http://www.christiandaily.com/article/hobby-lobby-accused-of-hypocrisy-in-artifact-smuggling-scandal/60746.htm
  • Quoted in “The Scandal Over Hobby Lobby’s Purchase of 5,500 Smuggled Artifacts, Explained,” Isaac Kaplan, Artsy, July 7, 2017, available at https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-scandal-hobby-lobbys-purchase-5-500-smuggled-artifacts-explained
  • Quoted in “The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why Smuggling Ancient Artifacts Is Hugely Profitable,” Jennifer Calfas, TIME, July 6, 2017, available at http://time.com/money/4847701/hobby-lobby-ancient-artifacts-iraq/
  • Quoted in “How the Kardashians Keep Getting Away with Stealing Designs,” Gabby Bess, Vice, June 9, 2017, available at https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-the-kardashians-keep-getting-away-with-copying-designs
  • Quoted in “Timeless on the Bubble: Future of Series, Copyright Lawsuit Remain Uncertain,” Jan Hill, Pacer Monitor, Apr. 27, 2017, available at http://www.pacermonitor.com/articles/2017/04/27/timeless-bubble-future-series-copyright-lawsuit-remain-uncertain/#sthash.23Fp1XGC.LQjRB1m9.dpuf
  • Quoted in “Wall Street’s Bull Sculptor Demands Removal of Fearless Girl,” Anandashankar Mazumdar, Bloomberg BNA, Apr. 13, 2017, available at https://www.bna.com/wall-streets-bull-n57982086623/
  • Art law specialist in “The Girl versus the Bull: Behind the ‘artist’s copyright’ row gripping New York,” Karl McDonald, iNews, Apr. 13, 2017, available at https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/girl-vs-bull-whats-behind-row-gripping-new-york/
  • Subject of “A Rogues’ Gallery of Art Crime,” New York University News, Apr. 4, 2017, available at https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2017/april/a-rogue-s-gallery-of-art-crime.html
  • Featured in “Seven Art World Professionals on the 2017 Resolutions You Must Make,” The Clarion List, Jan. 17, 2017, available at https://blog.clarionlist.com/spotlight/seven-art-world-professionals-on-the-2017-resolutions-you-must-make-4103857?utm_source=The%20Clarion%20List%20Insiders&utm_campaign=d6b02d9525-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_852168e6df-d6b02d9525-85492457
  • Featured in “How to Secure Intellectual Property from Loss or Compromise,” Nate Lord, Digital Guardian, Jan. 10, 2017, available at https://digitalguardian.com/blog/how-to-secure-intellectual-property
  • Quoted in “ISIS May Face War-Crime Charges for Destruction of Historic Sites,” Owen Jarus, Live Science, Dec. 12, 2016, available at http://www.livescience.com/57173-isis-war-crime-charges-for-heritage-destruction.html
  • Quoted in “How Fashion Brands Like Zara Can Get Away with Stealing Artists’ Designs,” Gabby Bess, Vice, July 21, 2016, available at https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/how-fashion-brands-like-zara-can-get-away-with-stealing-artists-designs-tuesday-bassen
  • Quoted in “Fashion, Graffiti and LA’s Street Art Scene: 8 Artists to Know,” Maxwell Williams, The Hollywood Reporter, June 10, 2016, available at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fashion-graffiti-las-street-art-901551
  • Quoted in “Law Enforcement Focuses on Asia Week in Inquiry of Antiquities Smuggling,” Tom Mashberg, NY Times, March 17, 2016, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/arts/design/law-enforcement-focuses-on-asia-week-in-inquiry-of-antiquities-smuggling.html
  • Quoted in “A Fake Rothko and the Rise of the Modern Fraud,” TIME Magazine, Feb. 25, 2016.
  • Quoted in “Larry Gagosian’s Lawsuit Over a $100 Million Picasso Explained,” Isaac Kaplan, Artsy, January 16, 2016, available at https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-larry-gagosian-s-lawsuit-over-a-100-million-picasso-explained
  • Quoted in “Malarky is Latest Graffiti Artist to Sue Fashion Designer,” Anandashankar Mazumdar, Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs, January 12, 2015, available at http://www.bna.com/malarky-latest-graffiti-n57982066053/
  • Quoted in “Is Rare Duccio Painting Finally Coming to Market?,” Eileen Kinsella, Artnet News, May 12, 2015, available at https://news.artnet.com/market/stolen-duccio-painting-auction-296835
  • Quoted  in “ ‘Abortion,’‘Miscarriage,’ or ‘Untitled’? A Frida Kahlo Lithograph’s Complicated History,” Lisa John Rogers, Hyperallergic, Apri. 29, 2015, available at http://hyperallergic.com/202802/abortion-miscarriage-or-untitled-a-frida-kahlo-lithographs-complicated-history/
  • Quoted in “How ‘Operation Mummy’s Curse’ is Helping Fight Terrorism,” Danny Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, Apr. 28, 2015, available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-agents-are-fighting-terrorism-tracking-down-missing-mummies-180955113/
  • Quoted in  “US Returns $2.5M in Egyptian Antiquities as Experts Call for Tougher Punishment on Smugglers,” Kathleen Caulderwood, International Business Times, Apr. 22, 2015, available at http://www.ibtimes.com/us-returns-25m-egyptian-antiquities-experts-call-tougher-punishment-smugglers-1892622.
  • Quoted in “A Patronizing Argument Against Cultural Repatriation,” Laura C. Mallonee, Hyperallergic, Apr. 20, 2015, available at http://hyperallergic.com/198798/a-patronizing-argument-against-cultural-repatriation/#disqus_thread.
  • Television guest, “The Erosion of Iraqi and Syrian Cultural Heritage,” The Report, Islam Channel, Nov. 24, 2014, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAHVx914Mg.
  • Quoted in “Islamic State Antiquities Trade Stretches to Europe, United States,” Kathleen Caulderwood, International Business Times, Nov. 17, 2014, available at http://www.ibtimes.com/islamic-state-antiquities-trade-stretches-europe-united-states-1724733.
  • Radio guest for “Fordham Conversations: Graffiti Art,” 90.7 WFUV, Nov. 14, 2013, recording available at HTTP://WWW/WFUV.ORG/FORDHAMCONVERSATIONS.
  • Quoted in “Owner Says It’s “Finders, Keepers’ in Case of Stolen Renoir,” Aaron Kase, Lawyers.com, Apr. 24, 2013.
  • Quoted in “Battling to Keep Auction Sellers Anonymous,” Tom Mashberg, N.Y.Times, Feb. 3, 2013 (cited as an “expert on art law”).




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