Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Simon J. Frankel is a partner in the San Francisco office of Covington & Burling LLP, where he is co-chair of Covington’s Copyright and Trademark practice group and Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office.
With more than twenty-five years of experience, his disputes practice has included a wide-range of commercial litigation, copyright and trademark litigation, class action defence (particularly concerning online privacy issues), domestic and international arbitrations, and art-related disputes.
Mr. Frankel is a recognized authority in the field of art law, where he has handled disputes involving cultural property claims, title issues, moral rights claims, and resale royalties. He has also advised on a range of fine-art transactions. He served as Commissioner of the San Francisco Art Commission from 2013-2019, and in April 2021 he was appointed to the list of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA). Mr. Frankel is a Lecturer-in-Law at Stanford Law School where he has taught Art Law since 2012. He is co-author of the sixth edition of Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). He has published numerous articles on art law issues, particularly on copyright and art and on Nazi looted art issues and the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016. In 2020, Chambers USA recognized Mr. Frankel as a leading lawyer in the Art and Cultural Law category.
Mr. Frankel is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University (M.Phil.), and Yale Law School.