Paul Cossu is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Art Law Group, where he works on transactional and litigation matters for galleries, auction houses, art finance companies, museums, artists, advisors, collectors, and other members of the global arts community.
Paul’s transactional work includes acting as outside counsel to art galleries and art finance companies on day-to-day matters (including providing template forms and advising on specific deals) as well as drafting and negotiating time-sensitive purchase, sale, loan, commission, and security agreements. Auction consignments are a significant component of Paul’s transactional practice, and he has handled deals of up to nine-figure value with the leading auction houses.
His litigation work includes a wide range of art-related cases in state and federal courts, including representing prominent collectors in claims against a former major art gallery that sold forgeries, good faith owners in actions defending against title claims (both in the traditional civil litigation and forfeiture contexts), purchasers in claims for breach of contract and violation of the New York’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, and artists in high-profile copyright infringement cases (both bringing and defending against claims).
Paul has been an art law partner at other major law firms in New York prior to joining Pryor Cashman. He teaches art law at Brooklyn Law School and is on the Board of Printed Matter.