With over a decade of litigation experience , Leila A. Amineddoleh is the Founder and Managing Partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP where she specializes in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law. She began her career as an associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she specialized in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, and then worked Of Counsel at Lombard & Geliebter where she founded the firm’s art law group. She next co-founded an art and intellectual property law firm, and after two years of a successful practice there, Ms. Amineddoleh established her own firm to better suit the needs of her clients.
Ms. Amineddoleh is involved in all aspects of due diligence and litigation, and has extensive experience in arts transactional work. She has represented major art collectors and dealers in matters related to high-profile multi-million dollar contractual disputes, international cultural heritage law violations, the recovery of stolen art, and complex fraud schemes. As a leading specialist in art authentication, she collaborates with the world’s foremost forensic scientists and art historians to assist collectors and arts institutions through the complex authentication process. She also advises clients on the acquisition and sale of fine arts and cultural heritage works.
Ms. Amineddoleh proudly works with artists and entrepreneurs to protect their work and artistic rights, and develop intellectual property portfolios. She is also a certified legal mediator. She has been published extensively on issues related to art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property, and has appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She also served as the art law and art crime correspondent for Artsy, and has had scholarly contributions published in books, including Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg.
As an advocate for the protection of cultural heritage, Ms. Amineddoleh also serves as a consultant to the New York District Attorney’s Office for antiquities investigations.
Ms. Amineddoleh is a recognized expert in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law, and teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University. She was privileged to serve as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation from 2013 through 2015. Ms. Amineddoleh is also a musician and regularly performs the piano in and around New York City.