Andrea N. Perez
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Andrea N. Perez

Empathy and compassion guide how I practice law. No matter how big or small the deal or disagreement is, it is important to me that my clients enjoy working with me and trust my legal and business skills. I bring to my practice deep experience and knowledge of the issues surrounding the worlds of art, commerce, and entrepreneurship. This knowledge helps me negotiate and advocate favorably for my clients and develop creative solutions tailored to their unique needs.

Serving individuals and organizations in the areas of art law, corporate law, and intellectual property, Andrea Perez assists her clients with a broad spectrum of issues.

For her corporate clients, Andrea advises both public and private company clients, private equity firms, and family businesses with a variety of simple-to-complex business needs. These include equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, mergers, governance and compliance issues, partnerships and joint venture arrangements, intellectual property protection, vendor agreements, master services agreements, licensing agreements, employment and contractor agreements, and a variety of other commercial contracts.

Andrea finds it particularly gratifying to assist companies’ in-house counsel, knowing they are often focused on the important matters of company business and benefit from an outside perspective. In addition to her other tasks, she stands ready to serve as both a business source and outlet valve for in-house attorneys who seek collaborative solutions for company goals.

In the art community, Andrea represents collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists, art advisors, and other professionals in the arts. She acts as a consultant for other law firms with art-law related matters. Though Andrea is the foremost art law lawyer in the Dallas area, she also represents clients in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, and several other vibrant art centers across the globe.

Combining her love and knowledge of the arts with her sharp legal acumen, Andrea enthusiastically advocates for her clients and works tirelessly to protect their interests. Discrete as she is knowledgeable, she finds creative and efficient legal solutions to a variety of matters in the art world, while ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of her exclusive clientele.

Outside of the firm, Andrea is a lecturer at Southern Methodist University, teaching International Law and the Arts as part of an international master’s degree program with universities in Montreal, Milan, Bogotá, and Beijing. She currently sits on the board of the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for Artists (TALA), serves as past Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section, sits on the board of the Dallas Women’s Lawyers Association, serves as the Secretary for the Cedars Union art incubator, and contributes her mentorship skills to many young attorneys interested in practicing art law.

In addition, Andrea and her husband are involved with several other organizations that support local charitable initiatives and the arts, including Bruce Wood Dance, the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Areas of Focus

Education

Education

  • South Texas College (J.D., 2008)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.A., Philosophy, 2005)

Admissions

Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2009
  • Florida, 2009
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District, Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Florida

Leadership

  • Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Adjunct Lecturer
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association,  Board Members, and Vice Chair of Awards Reception
  • Dallas Bar Association Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASEL) Section, Council Member and Past Chair (2021)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Co-Chair of DAYL Charity Ball, Fellow
  •  Texas Accountants and Lawyers for Artists (TALA), Board Member
  • The Cedars Union, Board Member and Secretary
  • The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), Leadership and Capacity Building Committee Member
  • The Cedars Union, Secretary and Board Member
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Vivaldi Patron Circle, Member
  • Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Junior Board Member
  • Dallas Entrepreneurial Center, Mentor
  • Mensa, Member
  • Member, Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists

Recognition

  • Selected by Texas Lawyer as a 2020 Texas Legal Awards, “On the Rise” honoree
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers “One to Watch”

AP-RS21

Speeches/Publications

  • Panelist, CASETA (Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art) Annual Symposium, March 2019.
  • Speaker, MPOWER: Launching Your Career After Meadows, Southern Methodist University, February 2018.
  • Speaker, Old Loans: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists Annual Conference, November 2017.
  • CLE Speaker, Art Law Boot Camp, Dallas Bar Association, October 2017.
  • Speaker, Copyright Basics for Photographers, Collin County College, March 2017.
  • Speaker, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, University of Texas-Arlington, April 2016.
  • Speaker, SMU Big Ideas Workshop, Southern Methodist University, April 2016.
  • CLE Moderator, Art Law Reboot: A Discussion About Art Law Topics Related to Video Games and New Media Art, Dallas Bar Association, April 2016.
  • Speaker, Copyright Basics for Photographers, Collin County College, April 2016.
  • Panelist, Value vs Value: Appraising Artworks for Museums and the Laws Surrounding Them, Texas Association of Museums Annual Conference, April 2016.
  • Speaker, Gun Laws and Art Galleries, Dallas Art Dealers Association, January 2016.
  • Speaker, Copyrights for Artists, Texas Accountants and Lawyer for the Arts, October 2015.
  • Panelist, The Business of Law: Marketing and Networking Tips for Young Attorneys, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, September 2015.
  • Panelist, Music Law and Copyrights, Art House Dallas, June 2015.
  • Speaker, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, University of Texas-Arlington, April 2015.
  • CLE Panelist, Updates in Art Law: Juris Artis, Dallas Bar Association, April 2015.
  • Speaker, Common Legal Issues for Artists, Southern Methodist University, March 2015.
  • Panelist, Legal Issues for Documentary Filmmakers, Thin Line Film Festival, February 2015.
  • Speaker, Pro Bono for the Arts, Texas A&M University School of Law, September 2014.
  • CLE Panelist, Intellectual Property for Liberal Arts Majors, Dallas Bar Association, August 2014.
  • Speaker, Legal and Insurance Issues for Photographers, The Art Institute of Dallas, April 2014.
  • CLE Panelist, How Much is Your Art Really Worth? Tax, Title, Contracts and Other Legal Issues in the Art Market, Dallas Bar Association, April 2014.
  • Speaker, Legal and Insurance Issues for Photographers, The Art Institute of Dallas, October 2013.
  • Speaker, Copyright Issues for Writers, Writer’s Guild of Texas, October 2012.
  • Speaker, A Pro-Active Approach to the Business of Art, University of Texas at Dallas Centraltrak “Artist-in-Residency” Program, March 2012.
  • Speaker, Copyright and Business Law Issues for Artists, University of Texas at Dallas Centraltrak “Artist-in-Residency” Program, September 2011.
  • Author, Texas’ Long history of Pro Bono Work in the Arts, published by DBA Headnotes (March 2019).
  • Author, Leveraging Art Collections as Collateral, published by DBA Headnotes (March 2018).
  • Author, Tis a Pity About Bowie and Prince, published by DBA Headnotes (March 2017).

Outside of Work

Andrea and her husband love to attend art exhibitions and events such as gallery openings and symphony, opera, and dance performances. She also likes traveling internationally, enjoying wine, doing Pilates, playing video games, and spending time with her cats.