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Art Litigation with William Charron

Art Litigation with William Charron

Update: 2021-10-20


On this episode, Maxwell Goss speaks with William Charron, the nation's leading art law and litigation attorney, who handles a wide range of art authenticity, title, and related matters, as well as commercial and IP matters. Bill discusses a high-profile case in which he represented the owner of artwork alleged to have been stolen by the Nazis in World War II. Bill also provides insights into the fascinating world of art law and litigation, and provides advice for those seeking to make a career in this exciting field.


“These cases bring in the mix not only law, but emotion and morals and a number of questions that the law simply can’t answer, but that it is unquestionably guided by, because judges are people, too.”

-William Charron


  • 00:18 - Introduction
  • 01:37 - William Charron’s law practice
  • 02:54 - How Bill got into art law
  • 03:56 - Law and Economics in art law
  • 007:04 - Representing Phil Spector in the "Be My Baby" case
  • 08:33 - Representing Nelly Furtado in the "Do It" case
  • 09:59 - The Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA)
  • 14:00 - Deep dive on the Egon Schiele "Torso" case
  • 34:11 - The laches defense in art law
  • 38:53 - The big issues in art law today
  • 42:03 - Bill’s advice for those interested in pursuing art law
  • 45:08 - Where to find Bill online


William Charron is one of the nation’s preeminent litigators for authenticity, title, and stolen art disputes. Bill is the co-chair of Pryor Cashman’s Art Law practice and is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Media and Entertainment Groups. He frequently lectures and writes on issues impacting the art world, including World War II restitution cases, art authenticity, artist royalty rights, and procedural law issues. Clients enthuse that he is a “very innovative and forward-thinking person,” and “extremely knowledgeable in all kinds of ways in all areas of art law.”

In addition to his work in art law, Bill has extensive experience handling commercial litigation involving property rights in a number of contexts, including intellectual property matters arising under the Copyright and Lanham Acts, right of publicity, and defamation cases, and real estate litigation. He has also represented clients in complex cases involving civil RICO, securities fraud, and banking claims, as well as contract, shareholder, and LLC membership disputes.


William Charron’s Attorney Bio

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