Our Approach

In the law we see not restraint but opportunity. We protect our clients’ interests, resolve disputes, and help manage risk so they can focus on their business. With strong background and experience in domestic and international cultural heritage protections, as well as legal concerns of businesses operating in heritage management and preservation, we help our clients achieve their missions.

Substantive Cultural Heritage Law

We are deeply familiar with these and other U.S. and international preservation laws and treaties:

  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Antiquities Act
  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
  • Abandoned Shipwreck Act
  • 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
  • 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property
  • 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention
  • 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Legal Strategies

Our attorneys are experienced in drafting legal documents, negotiating agreements, and in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Examples include:

  • Mitigation negotiations
  • International trade negotiations
  • Corporate partnership and non-profit entity formation
  • Charitable solicitation registration and agreements
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Tribal recognition
  • Historic site protection
  • Teaming agreement formulation
  • Drafting memoranda of understanding
  • Dispute resolution before mediators or arbitrators
  • Dispute resolution through litigation in state and federal courts