Dean R. Nicyper

Partner | New York

Dean is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

His team has focused on commercial disputes, art law, intellectual property, product liability, and securities litigation and investigations. Dean also has litigated matters involving mergers and acquisitions, the First Amendment, media, constitutional law, and environmental contamination. He has handled trials and cases in federal and state courts around the country. In addition, Dean has negotiated and drafted many agreements in art and intellectual property transactions.

Among his various clients, Dean has successfully represented one of the two largest art auction houses in dozens of lawsuits covering a broad range of art law related issues, such as authenticity of works of art, art fraud, auction law, consignment obligations as well as rights and obligations of parties in loan transactions where works of art have been pledged as collateral. He also has represented artists and their families and foundations, art dealers and agents, art collectors and art appraisers in many art-related disputes. He was lead counsel in the initial cases uncovering the two largest art fraud scandals in the past 15 years. In addition, Dean provided the leadership as chair of a bar association committee that resulted in the drafting and enactment of New York legislation detailing the rights and obligations of dealers and artists in art consignment relationships. He currently is the Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Dean also has extensive experience in product liability litigation around the country. Court TV relied on his product liability expertise, having him appear several times as a commentator for featured product liability cases.

He also represented large investment institutions in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as in private civil actions. He additionally has extensive experience defending clients against securities law claims.

Dean’s environmental litigation experience has primarily involved groundwater contamination, soil contamination and hazardous waste issues. He has handled large Superfund cases as well as responses to state and federal environmental investigations around the country.

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State of New York, 1986

‘Judge Throws Out Closely Watched Lawsuit Against Agnes Martin Authentication Committee,’ Artnet News - April 5, 2018, quoted

‘After 5Pointz, Can Artists and Developers Ever Work Together Again? Experts Lay Out the Way Forward,’ Artnet News - March 7, 2018, quoted

‘US prosecutors focus on antiquities,’ Withers article - February 26, 2018

Marlboro College

Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

American Horse Trials Foundation, Inc

American Bar Association

Copyright Society of the United States

‘You’ve Been Served: "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (2010)’ Center for Art Law - May 22, 2018

‘Off the Wall: Legal Issues Involving Street Art’ New York City Bar Center for the CLE Programs - November 02, 2017

‘Rethinking Art Authentication’, Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association - December 2015

Education


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  • English

Dates


Joined

2014
Partner

2014

New York

430 Park Avenue,

10th Floor,

NY 10022-3505

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