Juris Doctor, cum laude:
Syracuse University College of Law
Master of Science in Arts Administration:
Bachelor of Music in Piano:
The Juilliard School
New York (2014); Florida (2011, retired)
I have an extensive background in the arts, stemming from my roots as a classical musician. As a pianist, I was trained at Juilliard; as an artist, I was molded by NYC. After a stint in the financial services industry, I earned a master’s degree in arts administration at Boston University. There I developed an interest in arts policy and in the legal issues affecting arts organizations. As a result, I attended law school as a Chancellor’s Scholar at Syracuse University.
I have experience in both litigation and transactional work, spanning a broad range of practice areas including: estate planning, real estate, landlord/tenant, family law, nonprofit and general business law. Over the last twenty years, I’ve also had the privilege to work for many distinguished arts organizations, educational institutions, and for-profit corporations including: Vassar College, New World Symphony, Morgan Stanley, Bard College Conservatory, The Hartford and The Music Studio of Albany. In addition to practicing law, I currently teach piano to some wonderful students at Vassar. I’m also a member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the New York State Bar Association.
My idea of a virtual law office for the arts came about during the COVID-19 pandemic. As artists struggled to make ends meet and organizations tried to stay afloat, accessible arts-centered legal assistance was scarce. At the same time, a technological shift was happening. After fully embracing remote work, it became clear to me what was needed: help from within.
The arts community needs a lawyer who understands its people – someone who can intuitively perceive the needs of the freelance artist, the Executive Director, the educator, and the entrepreneur – and who can provide efficient, affordable, and accessible legal services. Through OpusLegal, I strive to meet these needs and make a positive impact on my community.