Attorney at Law
Dr. Jennifer Morris leads our Art and Museum Law practice. She is an art historian and lawyer whose practice focuses on art, museum, and cultural heritage matters. In addition to advising clients on provenance, title, and ownership disputes, Jennifer assists collectors, museums, and other nonprofit organizations with due diligence, governance issues, and international trade controls. Jennifer also works with indigenous peoples to protect their cultural heritage.
Art & Antiquities
Jennifer has counseled museums, auction houses, and private individuals on collections management, best practices, and ownership issues. She has litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience in matters concerning looted antiquities, Holocaust-era forced sales, and recovery of stolen cultural property. Jennifer also advises clients on modern thefts from museums and archaeological sites and import/export issues affecting cultural artifacts.
Museums & Cultural Nonprofits
Jennifer works with museums and other cultural nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, including museum policymaking, collections management, board and governance issues, and compliance with state and federal filing requirements. She has also advised nonprofit clients on international heritage preservation and restoration projects in war zones.
Jennifer also supports Cultural Heritage Partners’ indigenous heritage practice, working with American Indian tribes and other stakeholders to protect indigenous heritage sites and cultural objects.
After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Art History, & Visual Studies from Duke University, where she received the Nancy Kaneb Art History Award and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Jennifer pursued Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. Her doctoral research focused on early modern German art, and she spent two years as the Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. She then completed her Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary while working as a research fellow at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Jennifer also serves as an adjunct professor of Art & Cultural Heritage Law at William & Mary.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys riding her two horses, Staros and Quetzalcoatl (“Quetzi”). She shows competitively on the hunter/jumper circuit and has won national championships in the amateur owner hunter division.