In June 2016 we celebrated the 6th anniversary of our firm, a thriving and mission-driven enterprise. It wasn’t easy! In 2010 we decided to fill a market gap by serving clients in the historic preservation, and art and antiquities fields. Despite the growing global appreciation of cultural heritage preservation as a tool for economic development, strengthening communities, and diplomacy, no law and policy firms were dedicated full-time to focusing on the challenges in the sector.
Marion Werkheiser and Greg Werkheiser decided to form the first such firm. We began working with professional associations in the archaeology and cultural resource management fields. Soon, American Indian tribes called seeking assistance. Then came the museums, auction houses, and private art and preservation-related businesses and entrepreneurs. Next in the door were U.S. and state government agencies. They were followed by the governments of foreign nations, first individually seeking strategies for protecting their precious antiquities, and then collectively seeking ways to shield their shared heritage against terrorists.
Recently, we have been helping the energy industry find savvy ways to avoid impacting sensitive sites during development, and assisting global financial institutions consider ways in which their lending standards can shape preservation policies in emerging economies. We represent stakeholders in the Section 106 process, manage strategy for UNESCO World Heritage nominations, and assist individuals, firms, and sovereign nations on issues related to the art and antiquities trade.
And along the way, we have been fortunate to attract a wonderful team of creative colleagues.