“These cases bring in the mix not only law, but emotion and morals and a number of questions that the law simply can’t answer, but that it is unquestionably guided by, because judges are people, too.”

-William Charron

Episode Outline

00:18 – Introduction

01:37 – William Charron’s law practice

02:54 – How Bill got into art law

03:56 – Law and Economics in art law

007:04 – Representing Phil Spector in the “Be My Baby” case

08:33 – Representing Nelly Furtado in the “Do It” case

09:59 – The Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA)

14:00 – Deep dive on the Egon Schiele “Torso” case

34:11 – The laches defense in art law

38:53 – The big issues in art law today

42:03 – Bill’s advice for those interested in pursuing art law

45:08 – Where to find Bill online

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About William Charron

William Charron is one of the nation’s preeminent litigators for authenticity, title, and stolen art disputes. Bill is the co-chair of Pryor Cashman’s Art Law practice and is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Media and Entertainment Groups. He frequently lectures and writes on issues impacting the art world, including World War II restitution cases, art authenticity, artist royalty rights, and procedural law issues. Clients enthuse that he is a “very innovative and forward-thinking person,” and “extremely knowledgeable in all kinds of ways in all areas of art law.”

In addition to his work in art law, Bill has extensive experience handling commercial litigation involving property rights in a number of contexts, including intellectual property matters arising under the Copyright and Lanham Acts, right of publicity, and defamation cases, and real estate litigation. He has also represented clients in complex cases involving civil RICO, securities fraud, and banking claims, as well as contract, shareholder, and LLC membership disputes.

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