International Attorney; Ethics & Compliance Consultant
Birgit is an international dispute resolution attorney. She has more than 20 years of experience in art law and international litigation, arbitration and mediation. In those she has represented auction houses, galleries, collectors and other art market participants in various matters involving a wide range of legal issues, including breach of contract, torts, issues related to World War II, title to art and art authenticity. Her law practice has included arbitration and mediation since 2000, and she has acted as a party advocate in arbitration proceedings before the ICC, the AAA/ICDR, ICSID and in ad hoc proceedings.
She is also a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to art law and international dispute resolution. She has participated as an arbitrator in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot since 2002. In January 2020 she was appointed to the CAfA Arbitrator Pool.
Birgit is a Co-Chair of the ABA International Section’s Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and a Co-Chair of the Responsible Art Market (RAM) Initiative’s New York Regional Committee; she was a Co-Chair of the ABA International Section’s International Mediation Committee (2010-12). She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee, and was a member of that Association’s Art Law Committee (2006-09). She is also a member of Arbitral Women, the German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) and Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).
Birgit’s educational background includes: Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen (German law degree) in 1990; U.S. Juris Doctor in 1996; LL.M. in Corporate Compliance in 2019. Birgit is fully bilingual in English and German
Jurisdiction: U.S.A. and Germany