Founder and Partner, the Koegel Group LLP
John is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator strictly focused since 1982 on art law, which for him includes inter alia copyright, trademark, contract, privacy/publicity, licensing, publishing, unfair competition, artist estates, non-profit organizations and real estate transactions. Clients include artists, galleries, private dealers, advisors, collectors, and non-profit organizations. He has been a frequent speaker and has published on issues related to art law.
John serves as a Board member on a considerable number of artist-endowed foundations and on several art-related non-profit organizations. He also serves as pro bono legal counsel to several art-related trade associations.
Prior to establishing his law practice, he was Secretary and General Counsel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. At the Museum he was responsible for all legal affairs of the institution, including affiliate operations. As an officer of the Board of the Trustees and a ranking member of the staff, involvement also expanded into many administrative and program areas.
Prior to his practice at the Museum, he was briefly Counsel to a two-year study of federal antitrust laws at the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures in Washington D.C. And prior to that, he was an Associate in the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells where he was engaged in the general practice of law with concentration in the area of trial and appellate litigation. Subject matter of the litigation handled was varied, but included the following: antitrust law, commercial law, constitutional law (First Amendment), copyright law, employment opportunity law, entertainment law, insurance, real estate law, securities law and unfair competition.
John's educational background includes: Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1972) and Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A. in History 1969). John was admitted to practice law in New York in 1973 and the District of Columbia in 1980 and is admitted to the following courts: all New York Courts, all District of Columbia Courts, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States Tax Court.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Bar Association of the City of New York (where he served one term as Chair of the Art Law Committee).