Georges Lederman

Special Counsel | New York

Georges is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.

Georges is an experienced white-collar defense attorney and former prosecutor who has focused on representing art world clients over the past 17 years. He has tried over 30 felony jury trials to verdict and has handled both criminal and civil matters that have received international media coverage.

For art market and other clients who have been under investigation by the Government, Georges has appeared before the New York County District Attorney’s Office; the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the New York State Attorney General’s Office; the Department of Homeland Security; United States Customs and Border Protection; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; the IRS Criminal Investigation Division; the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Investigations.

Georges also represents collectors, art dealers, authenticators, galleries, museums, auction houses and luxury brand retailers in a wide range of civil matters involving title, provenance, authenticity, breach of contract and civil fraud. Georges advises these same clients as to compliance with federal and state government regulations involving the sale, transfer or other disposition of art and cultural assets.

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Representing prominent art galleries before the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control with anti-money laundering compliance as relating to "blocked persons" who have provided financial support to international terrorist organizations.

Representing a notorious antiquities dealer who has been indicted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office for conspiracy, grand larceny and related crimes and is accused of being the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring that has stolen over $100 million of cultural heritage property belonging to India.

Represented a “commercial paleontologist” who was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with smuggling into the United States dinosaur fossils from Mongolia, assembling a life-size Tyrannosaurus skeleton and attempting to sell the skeleton at auction. The case became the subject of an award-winning book entitled “The Dinosaur Artist” in 2018.

New York, 1986

Sales Tax Legislation – the Bane of the Art Market?’ Arts & Collections - May 22, 2020, co-author

Art Market Enforcement During the Pandemic,’ Trust & Estates - April 24, 2020, co-author

New York City Bar Association

"US Sanctions and New Anti-Money Laundering Legislation: What it Means for the Art Market," San Francisco Bar Association – February 26, 2020, speaker

"Sales and Use Tax: Do’s and Don’ts," The National Arts Club – November 6, 2016

Guest Faculty Member, New York County District Attorney’s Office Annual Trial Advocacy Program, 2008-present

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  • English
  • French

Dates


Joined

2019

New York

430 Park Avenue,

10th Floor,

NY 10022-3505

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