Partner and Chair of Copyright, Licensing & Art Law Group, Venable LLP
Joshua is an attorney and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. He is a founding director and member of: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Washington DC, The DC Bar’s Sports Art and Entertainment Section, The Society to Prevent Trade in Stolen Art and the Art Copyright Coalition. He taught Entertainment Law and Art Law for 29 years at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, DC, he also taught a Business and Law course at the Corcoran School of Art. He is the co-author of The Associates Guide to Copyright, a contributor to Licensing for Dummies, author of a monograph on Limited Edition Print Disclosure Laws, author of the Art of investing in Art, a contributor to the Business of Art and was the editor of the art section of the Licensing Royalty Rate Guide. Joshua is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to art law and business (over 100 articles).
Joshua’s law practice has included arbitration and mediation since 1978. He participated in a wide range of art law and commercial disputes at both the domestic and international level. He was appointed to the Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
His practice has included both art transactional and art related tax matters as well extensive litigation. In his work he has represented hundreds of artists, collectors, museums, auction houses, appraisers, galleries, art licensing and art agents in matters spanning from fakes, forgeries, authentication, stolen art, counterfeit, copyright infringements, art title and ownership disputes, licensing matters, breach of contract and warranty claims, payment disputes, loans, gift and estate issues. He has litigated and arbitrated cases on every level from trial courts to courts of appeals up to and including successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court. He has also been an art importer, gallery owner and is an artist in his own right as well.
Joshua’s educational background includes: The National law center of George Washington University Law School in Washington DC (J.D.); University of Maryland, College Park (B.A) and course work at the Sorbonne, Paris.