STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: Talk about your career path in detail. Did you face any obstacles?
At Syracuse University, I majored in art history. I loved the subject matter and knew that I wanted to continue my study of art in a graduate program. However, I wanted to combine my knowledge of art history with business. When I learned that Sotheby’s Institute of Art offered an M.A. in Art Business, I knew that it was the perfect fit for the graduate degree I was looking to find. While at Sotheby’s Institute, I took an art law class, which inspired me to go to law school. There was nothing more fascinating to me than the marriage of art and the law. I returned to Syracuse University for law school, and started the Art Law Society. In my second year of law school, I asked the famed Eddie Hayes to come speak about his representation of the Andy Warhol Estate. He gave me a position during my 2L summer and I haven’t left since!
While applying to law school and studying for the LSATs, I was writing my Master’s Degree thesis and working full time in a law firm. It was very stressful, and I felt a little crazy for attempting to do it all at the same time, but I was determined to get to law school and move on to the next step in my career. It was worth every second. Time management pays off.
While at Sotheby’s Institute, I took an art law class, which inspired me to go to law school. There was nothing more fascinating to me than the marriage of art and the law.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: Did you always know what you wanted to do in life? What did you want to be when you were little?
No! I was always involved in theater, music, and the arts, so I thought I would end up in a creative industry, however I never thought I would end up practicing law. I couldn’t be happier to be an attorney that works with creative people in a diversity of creative fields.
When I was little, I wanted to be an actress. Maybe I didn’t end up acting in a professional capacity, but I do find that my improv and speaking skills help when I am on trial or arguing a motion in court.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: Do you have any advice for someone interested art law?
Yes, don’t be intimidated. Law school was an experience that I actually enjoyed. It was extremely stressful at times, but if you enjoy reading then you will enjoy law school.
Put simply, law school is just lots of reading about different kinds of problems and the different kinds of solutions to those problems, which is quite interesting.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: What is a typical workday like for you?
On a typical day, I pick up coffee on my way into the office and then have my breakfast and coffee while checking over my to-do list for the day. Next, I look at emails, make any phone calls that are needed, and start going through every item on my to-do list for that day, addressing the most time-sensitive items first. At the end of the day, I always make another to-do list for the following day so that I know what needs to be done ahead of time and so that I don’t waste time organizing what needs to be done the next morning.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: How does your career affect your stylistic choices?
As a woman, especially a young woman, you have to dress the part to be taken seriously as an attorney. I always wear blazers or jackets with my outfits, and of course when going to court, I wear a suit. Since the dress is formal a majority of the time, I try to add a little personality by wearing a mix of colors, silk scarves with prints, or a unique shoe.
On casual Fridays, however, I have a little more fun. In the summer, I will wear a suit with shorts (you may laugh- yes, still conservative but not for an attorney!) or a more adventurous dress. Fridays are my favorite.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: What led you to become an art attorney?
My passion for art and the law! It is a fascinating subject. It is also extremely inspiring to work with such creative minds.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: What is your favorite thing about representing artists?
Helping them. It is extremely rewarding to help those that do not want to fight or cannot fight for themselves.
STYLISH SOPHISTICATE: What do you do to de-stress? How do you balance work and play?
When I don’t have plans after work to meet a client or friend, I walk to my West Village apartment from my office in Midtown. It is a great de-stresser! When I get home, I love to wind down with a glass of wine and cook dinner. I really enjoy trying out new recipes. I also do hot yoga twice a week which puts both my mind and body in a place of peace.
I balance work and play by working as hard as I physically and mentally can during the week, but by making sure to press pause on Friday evening. When Friday night comes, I have to take a break whether it is going to dinner and a movie with my husband or having friends over for cocktails. Saturdays or Sundays can be spent doing work as well, but when I do have a weekend where there is nothing on the calendar, I try to take a day to just veg, read, watch television/movies, and not leave the apartment!
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