Amelia Sargent Authors Article on Holocaust Art Case

June 25, 2019

An article written by Amelia Sargent, senior associate, was published in the Spring 2019 edition of the American Bar Association Section of International Law: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter. The article, "Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation Prevails at Trial to Keep Nazi-Looted Pissarro" (page 4), discusses the recent outcome of the Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation case. The case, which was litigated for 14 years before culminating at trial on December 4, 2018, involves rightful ownership of a painting that was taken by the Nazis during World War II and acquired by the Kingdom of Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection (TBC) in 1993.

Amelia, who serves as chair of Willenken’s art, cultural, and educational institutions practice group, has played a role in this case since its second appeal. At her prior firm, she submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the California Association of Museums in support of TBC, and at Willenken, she submitted an amicus brief in the district court on behalf of the Solicitor General of the Kingdom of Spain regarding the application of Spanish principles of adverse possession.