Diana Wierbicki

Partner, Global Head of Art Law

  • Education: Georgetown University, cum laude, B.A. • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • Admitted: State of CT, 2008 • State of NY, 2009 • Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK, 2014
  • Year joined: 2008
  • Year became partner: 2014

Overview

Diana's practice is focused on art law dealing with purchases, sales, loans, consignments and charitable giving of works of art. Diana has counseled art collectors and art dealers on all aspects of their art transactions. Diana is also a member of the Wealth Planning practice group and advises high net worth individuals and their families on tax, trust and estate planning matters, as well as on commercial transactions associated with that planning.

Diana has been quoted in various news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg Business, BBC, and Barron's, and she has written articles in publications such as Forbes, Trusts & Estates, Crain's, and Wealth Management.

Recent projects include:

  • Preparing complex like-kind exchange agreements involving works of art.
  • Negotiating multi-million dollar sales and purchases by museums, collectors and dealers, and addressing related sales and use tax issues. 
  • Structuring complex gifts involving works of art.
  • Advising on the auction purchases of works breaking record prices.
  • Negotiating appraisal and consignment agreements with the major auction houses.
  • Negotiating private sale transactions.
  • Negotiating loan agreements with over one hundred museums and other institutions around the world.
  • Negotiating contracts between collectors and vendors of art-related services.
  • Advising major artists and photographers about their estate planning and the formation of foundations to preserve their artistic legacy.
  • Advising collectors on their estate planning and the formation of foundations and museums.

Highlights

  • Spear’s 500 Top Recommended Attorney 2017 – Art Legal
  • SuperLawyers: Metro New York Rising Star
  • Vice-Chair of the Art and Collectibles Committee for the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Professional Advisory Council
  • Trustee of the Bruce Museum

Memberships

  • Member of the New-York Historical Society's Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Apollo Circle Committee Member for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Acquisition Fund Benefit - 2013, 2014
  • Apollo Circle Patron of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Member of the International Bar Association's Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee
  • Member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member for Trust & Estates' Art, Auction & Antiquities Committee

Publications and speaking engagements

 

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