Megan Noh co-chairs Pryor Cashman's Art Law Group. With over 15 years of combined experience in private practice and both in-house legal and business positions in the auction world, Megan is sought after for her extensive knowledge of the complex issues impacting today’s art market, including specifically with respect to transactional matters and artists’ rights.
Megan's practice is uniquely holistic in its representation of members of almost every segment of the art market, and she is known for her ability to negotiate a transaction from both sides of its key issues—whether it’s an auction house consignment agreement, a museum exhibition loan agreement, or an artist-gallery representation agreement.
One industry source from Chambers 2021 noted that Megan is an “exceptional thinker and deeply informed..as broadly knowledgeable of art law as anyone." Others noted that Noh is "a real star in complex deal transactions," and an interviewee says she is "particularly well suited to operating in the art transactions sphere because of her past experience in auction houses," adding: "She has been on both sides of the transactions, so she is able to understand what the stress points will be for both parties and put our best foot forward using those experiences." Another source reports that Noh is "one of the most responsive, professional, diligent and thorough attorneys whom I've worked with in my career."
Among Megan’s notable work is:
her ongoing Chapter 11 trusteeship of Paddle8, a web-based auction platform whose bankruptcy assets Megan is responsible for marshalling and distributing, including by evaluating and prioritizing the claims of consignors of under the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law;
her ongoing representation of a leading scholarly non-profit organization in defending against international copyright infringement claims arising from planned public dissemination of archival materials underlying a catalogue raisonné project;
her success obtaining complete dismissal of copyright infringement claims brought by contemporary artist Cady Noland against a German art collector and two German art dealers in connection with a sculpture known as “Log Cabin Façade”;
her raising of awareness about the use of contractual provisions to restrict resales and/or secure ‘resale royalties,’ including through a October 2020 New York County Lawyers’ Association panel entitled “Negotiating Market Control,” and related work counselling artists about their invoicing practices and gallery representation agreements;
her thought leadership on emerging Visual Artists Rights Act issues, including in relation to the evolving “recognized stature” standard and in the context of spontaneous “protest art.”
Megan lectures regularly for professional and academic audiences, including recent engagements for the Appraisers Association of America’s “Art Law Day,” the American Society of Appraisers’ International Conference, and the Copyright Society . Her analysis of the art market issues implicated by the “Log Cabin” case was published this spring in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, and she has been quoted in the New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, BloombergLaw, artnet, and other industry publications.
Chambers has noted Megan’s “dedication and passion to this space,” as exemplified by her membership on the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee and three-year tenure as chair of the New York County Lawyers Association’s Art Law Committee. She is also on the U.S. Boards of several international organizations, including Professional Advisors to the International Art Market and the Responsible Art Market, the Advisory Board of the Center for Art Law, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, a research center and public forum for social justice and art at the New School.