Laws of Art

Andrews Kurth attorney Tom Kline has spent almost 20 years developing a unique practice group at that firm, with help from Eden Burgess, which specializes in disputes over artwork.

Mr. Kline began the group representing Cyprus in an action to recover stolen mosaics, and has since represented numerous clients and art world giants, including one case in which he won the return of over $250 million worth of medieval German religious relics looted from a church during the second World War. Other cases include a victory for a German Jew who had lost over 200 masterpieces to Nazi theft or forced sale, one of which had made its way into the hands of a German noble living in Rhode Island.

Mr. Kline’s practice also includes tax work and bankruptcy advising for museums and art world institutions. He has become recognized as one of only a handful of American experts in actions for the recovery of stolen art.

Andrews Kurth's Tom Kline, and mosaics.

Andrews Kurth's Tom Kline, Eden Burgess, and mosaics.

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