Howard Spiegler

Spiegler UIA

Howard Spiegler has been involved in several well-known and important litigations brought on behalf of foreign governments and heirs of Holocaust victims and others to recover stolen artwork or other cultural property, including the recent settlement of the long-standing litigation brought on behalf of the Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray to recover a Schiele painting confiscated by a Nazi agent in Austria in the late 1930’s, which resulted in the recovery of the full value of the painting by the Estate; the recent recovery by the heir of the famous Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker of 200 Nazi-looted artworks from the Dutch Government; recoveries on behalf of the Republic of Turkey of numerous valuable antiquities; and the recently-resolved action brought on behalf of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich, the world-renowned 20th Century Russian artist, to recover Malevich artworks from the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which resulted in the recovery by the heirs of five Malevich paintings, one of which sold at auction at Sotheby’s for $60 million, and another of which was recently sold to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Howard handles all types of art transactions, often with the assistance of other specialists at Herrick, including counseling its clients on international trade issues, art loans, museum and private exhibitions, organizing and structuring business entities, trust and estate matters, insurance issues, tax questions, criminal law concerns, and other matters.


Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1974

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1969

Recent Honors:

Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Defense of Art Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) Amelia, Italy, July 10-11, 2010

Prix Monique Raynaud-Contaminé Union Internationale des Avocats, 51st Congress, Paris, October 31- November 4, 2007

Recent Appointments:

President, Art Law Commission, Union Internationale des Avocats

Editorial Board, Journal of Art Crime

Chair, Art Law Committee, New York City Bar Association (Sept. 2004 – August 2007)