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Art of the Art Deal: An Introduction to the Key Legal Issues in the Buying and Selling of Art

Speaker(s): Brian C. Kerr
Recorded on: Apr. 18, 2017
PLI Program #: 212340

Mr. Kerr maintains a wide­ranging practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Kerr also represents art collectors, investors, and dealers worldwide on issues concerning fine art, including authenticity disputes, breach of contract and fraud cases, and corporate and transactional matters. Mr. Kerr brings the skills of a courtroom advocate to each of his matters having tried cases before judges and juries.

Mr. Kerr was one of the principal trial counsel for plaintiffs in the securities fraud action against Vivendi Universal (In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Sec. Litig., 02 Civ. 5571 (S.D.N.Y.)), where in January 2010 the jury returned a verdict that at the time had an estimated value of up to $9 billion. Mr. Kerr has also represented: institutional investors in a securities fraud action against Tyco International, Dennis Kozlowski, and others (In re Tyco Int’l. Ltd. Sec. Litig., MDL Docket 02­1335­PB (D.N.H.)), which resulted in combined settlements of $3.2 billion; lead plaintiffs in a securities action against Rite Aid (In re Rite Aid Corp. Sec. Litig., MDL Docket 1360 (E.D. Pa.)), where total settlements were $323 million; a book publisher in a defamation/breach of contract case against News Corporation (settled on confidential terms); a UK film producer in an antitrust case involving the alleged manipulation of the market for Warhol art; a U.S. hedge fund in a shareholder derivative action arising from the collapse of Bear Stearns; and an Australian media group in a complex commercial dispute in New York State Supreme Court against News Corp., Sony, Universal, and Paramount arising from an alleged international conspiracy to put the media group out of business (also settled on confidential terms).

Mr. Kerr has also been actively involved in pro bono efforts, including the representation of indigent prisoners in civil rights cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and working extensively with Trial Lawyers Care to provide free legal assistance to the families of victims of the September 11 attacks.

In 1993, Mr. Kerr graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Albany, where he received the Gordon Karp Prize for Excellence in Economics, was founder of the Presidential Honors Society, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and valedictorian. In 1996, Mr. Kerr graduated from Hofstra Law School, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review and a Dean's Scholar. Mr. Kerr, admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1996 and the New York Bar in 1997, is a member in good standing of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.


General Commercial Litigation
Securities and Shareholder Litigation


J.D., Hofstra University 1996
Hofstra Law Review
Dean's Scholar

B.A., Economics, State University of New York at Albany 1993
summa cum laude
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Founder, Presidential Honors Society
Gordon Karp Prize for Excellence in Economics

Admission & Affiliations

New York State Bar
Connecticut Bar
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Third Circuits