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Tuesday, June 7, 2011


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Sheppard Mullin Adds Art Law Attorney to Century City Office


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP yesterday announced the addition of Christine Steiner to its Century City office, as special counsel in the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Technology practice group and Art Law practice.

Prior to this, Steiner maintained an international private practice, dedicated to global issues in art, architecture, culture, museums and intellectual property law, a spokesperson for the firm said.

Robert Darwell, leader of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Technology practice group and head of the Art Law practice, said Steiner “brings a valuable, substantive background that will be a great asset to our clients.”

Darwell remarked that Steiner’s experience “is unique in the area of art law, as it combines a lengthy career in a variety of legal and policy positions within cultural and educational institutions prior to her entering private practice” which “provides clients with a unique perspective that draws on her broad experience and enables her to provide counsel and advice on an extensive range of matters and issues concerning art law and related fields.”

Steiner said that she was “honored to join Sheppard Mullin,” which she praised as a “a top-notch full service firm with both a premier global entertainment, media and technology practice group and an established art law practice.”

Noting that art law issues “have become complex and inter-related,” Steiner said, she was “thrilled that clients can rely on the depth and breadth Sheppard Mullin will provide.”

Steiner has served as secretary and general counsel of the J. Paul Getty Trust and as assistant general counsel of the Smithsonian Institution.

She currently serves on the editorial board of the Copyright Society of the United States, and is active in the arts in Los Angeles.

The attorney graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University before graduating from law school with honors from the University of Maryland and joining the State Bar in 1995.


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