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Sarah Odenkirk
USC Gould School of Law

Sarah Odenkirk

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: September 8, 2022

Sarah Conley Odenkirk is a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, and co-head of the Art Law and NFT practice group, with a core practice in fine art, public art, and emerging technologies. She is based in the firm’s Beverly Hills office, but is licensed in New York (as well as three other states) and frequently works out of the firm’s New York office.

Odenkirk advises a wide range of clients including artists, digital platforms, collectors, dealers, art institutions, and other creative innovators to guide them in matters pertaining to fine art and navigating the art market; NFTs and blockchain; business affairs and strategic planning; public art and policy; and copyright and intellectual property.

At USC Gould, Odenkirk teaches Art Law and teaches Legal Foundations in Art for the Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Odenkirk was associate director and professor for the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business and Arts Management Masters Programs at CGU where she was instrumental in curriculum development; management of adjunct faculty; administering internship programs; and taught courses including Legal Foundations for the Creative Industries (Art Law), Cultural Property and Restitution, International Transactions, and Public Art.

In addition to her practice, Odenkirk is co-president of the board of directors for Fulcrum Arts; and sits on the Advisory Council for the Arts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Odenkirk is the author of “A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts for Artists and Other Creatives” (Ammo Books, 2014).


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Re: Jonathan Barnett

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