Georges Lederman

Special Counsel

Georges is special counsel in the white collar defense and investigations team.

Georges is a white collar defense attorney and former New York prosecutor who has over 30 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors. He has represented well-known individuals and institutions in matters involving money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, conspiracy, smuggling, asset forfeiture and internal investigations involving professional and sexual misconduct. He has successfully tried over 30 jury trials to verdict. His handling of both criminal and related civil matters has received international media coverage.

Georges is well-known for having represented high profile clients who have been accused of or are victims of art crime. He is one of the few lawyers in New York with an expertise in state and federal criminal laws as well as complex international cultural heritage laws as applied to the art market. Georges has advised collectors on how to comply with government regulations involving the sale, transfer, repatriation or other disposition of art and cultural assets; defended art dealers who have been accused of participating in international conspiracies involving the theft of cultural heritage property from foreign countries and its importation into the United States; developed protocols for prominent art galleries to comply with evolving anti-money laundering regulations; represented individuals who have been targets, witnesses and victims in art fraud and forgery cases; and defended individuals accused of creating offshore accounts for the purpose of evading taxes on the purchase of high value artwork.

In representing clients who have been under investigation by the government, Georges has appeared before the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control; the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the New York County District Attorney’s Office; the New York State Attorney General’s Office; the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the 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 is frequently quoted in the international media on hot topics involving the intersection of white collar defense and the art market. He has written extensively and lectures widely on matters involving art crime and is a regular guest instructor at law enforcement agency training programs. Bilingual in French and English, Georges works directly with foreign counsel on both contested and cooperative matters that are international in scope.

Track record





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

What a senate investigation means for the art market,’ Withers - August 12, 2020, author

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

Hot Topics in Art Law 2020,’ New York City Bar - October 1, 2020, speaker

‘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



  • English
  • French