Christine Steiner

Of Counsel

  • Education: Johns Hopkins, with honors, B.A. • University of Maryland, with honors, J.D.
  • Admitted: State of MD, 1980 • State of CA, 1995
  • Year joined: 2015


Christine's practice emphasizes visual arts, public art, nonprofits, foundations, intellectual property, publishing, and art market and general business transactions. She represents art collectors, national and international living artists, collectors' and artists' estates, foundations, galleries, museums and cultural organizations, auction houses, creative businesses, universities, writers, publishers, and other diverse creative clients. 

Christine previously served as Secretary and General Counsel of the J. Paul Getty Trust, as Assistant General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution, as Assistant Attorney General of Maryland for state colleges and universities, and as Principal Counsel of the Maryland state public education system.

Christine is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches visual arts law, and has served as a visiting professor of international art law in law school programs in Florence, Italy and Cambridge, England. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the United States, and is active in the arts in Los Angeles.


  • Distinguished Service, Office of the Attorney General for Maryland
  • Certificate of Merit, Smithsonian Institution

Publications and speaking engagements


  • Copyright chapter, Museum Registration Methods 5th Edition (American Association of Museums, 2010)
  • "Fair Use: Legal Issues Involving Speech and Copyright for Artists Using Outdoor Media," Exhibition Catalogue, How Many Billboards? (MAK Center for Art & Architecture, 2010)
  • "So What…About Copyright? What Artists Need to Know About Copyright & Trademarks" (Public Knowledge, 2005)
  • General Editor, A Museum Guide to Copyright and Trademark (American Association of Museums, 1999)
  • "Intellectual Property and the Right to Culture," Intellectual Property and Human Rights (WIPO, Geneva, 1998)


  • "Art Law: Looking Back, Looking Forward," Chapman Law Review, 20 Chap. L. Rev. 119 (2017) (with Co-Author Bee-Seon Keum)
  • "The Art World: Big & Small," Art Views, March 2017
  • "The art of collecting art," The Singapore Business Times, February 15th, 2017 (with Co-Author Rebecca Liu)
  • "Fashion Designers: Legally Naked?" Law360, February 21, 2012
  • "Art Law: The Year in Review," Law360, January 23, 2012
  • "Caveat Venditor! California Resale Royalty Act Has Important Implications," The Art Economist, December 2011
  • "Model Public Art Commission Agreement," Public Art Network (Americans for the Arts, 2005)
  • Op-Ed Piece, "Lawsuit Barbie Fails for Mattel," Los Angeles Times; January 7, 2004
  • "Copyright in the Digital Age," Museum News; January/February 2000
  • "The Double-Edged Sword: Museums and the Fair Use Doctrine," Museum News; September/October 1997


Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Legal Issues in Museum Administration, ALI-ABA
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries (ABA)
  • American Society of Appraisers
  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • International Foundation on Art Research (IFAR)
  • ArtTable
  • Speeches on art law issues to various collector, artist and museum groups or councils


  • Copyright Society of the United States
  • ArtTable
  • International Bar Association's Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee
  • Museum Attorneys' Group
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

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