Jo Backer Laird is of counsel in the art and museum law group at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.
Her practice includes all aspects of art law, working with artists, private collectors, museums, art organizations and tax exempt organizations, galleries, dealers and advisers, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Laird spent 10 years as senior vice president and general counsel of Christie’s Inc., where she was responsible for all legal issues relating to the company’s business in North and South America.
Laird has extensive knowledge and expertise in the full range of transactions and litigation issues related to works of art and the art market, including auction and private sale agreements, consignments, financing arrangements using art as collateral, commissions of art, authenticity and title disputes, artists’ rights and intellectual property, and issues relating to World War II restitution and cultural property cases.
Before Christie’s, Laird spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., where she was involved in both advisory and litigation work, including employment-related, securities, and commercial matters. She is a regular speaker on art law related topics.
Laird received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She received her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.