Founding Partner and Art Law Group Chair, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP
Steven is a founding partner of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, a premiere litigation and art law boutique. In addition to a career litigating and arbitrating high-stakes disputes, Steve regularly advises art galleries, other art related businesses, collectors, artists, and not-for-profit corporations in the art space on transactional matters, such as the sale and acquisition of art and their relationships with dealers, banks and auction houses, and has litigated cases involving the authenticity, title, provenance and appraisals of art. As a trusted advisor, Steve also provides outside general counsel services to art clients, and is the general counsel to the Appraisers Association of America.
Steve is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to art law and business. These include: The ‘Red Flags’ Standard: Rationalizing ACA Galleries, Inc. V. Kinney, International Foundation For Art Research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4. 2016; Buyer Beware: Is There A Duty To Authenticate Art?, International Foundation For Art Research Journal, Vol. 15, Nos. 3 & 4. 2014; Questioning ‘Cariou’ Rationale On Transformative Fair Use, New York Law Journal, Nov. 19, 2014; and Role of Judges in Authenticating Art in United States and Europe, New York Law Journal, Sept. 15, 2014. Further, Steve is an adjunct professor at the NYU Steinhardt School, where he teaches Art Law. Steve is also a co-host of The Art Law Podcast, a general interest podcast exploring the intersection of art and the law.
Steve was the Chair of the Art Law Committee of The Bar Association of the City of New York from 2016-2019, and remains an active member of that committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Litigation; Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation); and the International Bar Association (Committees on International Litigation, Arbitration and ADR; and Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law). He is also the co-President of the Board of Artists Space; a board member of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; and a member of the New York Committee of Human Rights Watch. Steve was appointed to the original Arbitration and Mediation pools of CAfA in January 2020.
Steve’s educational background: Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (1985); Oberlin College, B.A (1980).