Biography

Lisa Wang represents a wide-range of art and tax-exempt organization clients, with a focus on the intersection between art, tax-exempt organizations, and intellectual property law. 

She represents private collectors, family offices, galleries, art advisors, and artists on all aspects of art law with a broad transactional and advisory practice including artwork purchases and sales, consignments, loans, commissions, and gifts.

Lisa further represents a wide-range of private foundations and public charities, including artist endowed and family foundations, universities, museums and other cultural organizations on art-related as well as tax-exempt organization matters, including formation and structuring, grantmaking, operations, and compliance.

Lisa has particular experience in intellectual property-related matters in the art, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, including licensing, grants, co-ventures, collaborations, partnerships, sponsorships, asset sales and transfers, technology transfer, publishing agreements, and media-related transactions, as well as counseling on trademark (prosecution, protection, and enforcement of marks) and copyright (fair use, potential infringement) issues.

As a former non-profit founder and leader, Lisa brings a practical and accessible approach to her clients and often serves as counsel and advisor on general operations and management issues.

She speaks regularly on topics relating to art law and tax-exempt organizations. Recent topics include, art consignment and purchase agreements, trends in the buying and selling of art, corporate sponsorship agreements, and IP issues in non-profit collaborations.

She is a Trustee for the Andrew-Humphreys Family Foundation, the artist-endowed foundation of the artist Benny Andrews.

Earlier in her career, she was a copyright and trademark attorney in the San Francisco office of a global law firm.

Representative matters

Ongoing representation of high net worth individuals and family offices on all aspects of art collection, including purchase, sales, and loans of artwork.

Ongoing representation of galleries and artist endowed foundations on consignment, purchase, loan, and representation agreements, licenses, and general operations.

Represented arts organization in sale of archives and artworks to multiple museums and libraries.

Advised gallery on collaboration between artist and major clothing brand.

Advised cultural institution and artist residency on loan, residency, and artist commission agreements.

Advised individual on consignment and guarantee of major contemporary artwork for auction, which set auction records.

Advised gallery on infringement of artist’s work and implement enforcement program.

Advised investment firm on intellectual property and art issues related to $100M investment in art-related company.

Advised family on consignment of artwork to auction, from evaluating auction house offers to negotiation of consignment agreement including guarantee and enhanced hammer options, through auction.

Represented college in commercial co-venture with artist alumni and design company to benefit college.

Advised artist-endowed foundations regarding catalogue raisonné matters, including formation of committees, review process, and publication.

Represented estate in gift of artworks to nine cultural organizations.

Admissions
  • New York 
  • California
Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: Trustee, Andrew Humphrey Family Foundation (Estate of Benny Andrews); Member, Art Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Former Board Member, Association of Marshall Scholars, Huckleberry Youth Programs

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Panelist, "New Market Considerations in Buying and Selling Art Today," FBA Art Law and Litigation Conference 2021 (April 30, 2021)