Leila Amineddoleh is the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She is an art and intellectual property litigator, working on complex legal matters involving artists’ rights, authenticity disputes, international art fraud, theft, and cultural heritage matters. Leila also works in academia, teaching Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law and for the Rome Program at St. John’s University School of Law. Her academic research focuses on art authenticity issues and cultural heritage preservation.
Leila’s interest in the protection of art and cultural heritage stems from her upbringing as a classical musician. Leila grew up in a home surrounded by art and antiquities, and has been playing classical piano since before she can remember. Growing up in a suburb outside of New York City, she chose to attend New York University to remain in the center of the art world. Leila’s love for the arts inspired her to attend Boston College Law School to pursue a legal career in order to protect artists and musicians. However, once she began studying art law, Leila learned about the heartbreaking destruction of cultural heritage occurring around the world, and she decided to devote her career to the protection of these precious objects and places.
Leila currently works in Manhattan, and represents a wide variety of clients, including gallery owners, artists, musicians, art collectors, and non-profit arts organizations. In her spare time, she plays and performs classical piano.
Lily McManus joined LCCHP as a William & Mary Post-Graduate Public Service Fellow. She obtained her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in May 2012 and is admitted to practice law in Virginia.
While in law school, Lily served as Editor-in-Chief of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of her leadership. Her student note, “The Anatomy of a Helping Hand: Women-Owned Small Businesses and Federal Contract Procurement,” was chosen for publication in the eighteenth issue of the Journal of Women and the Law. She spent her two law school summers conducting research for, respectively, her contracts professor and the National Center for State Courts; during her first year, she also assisted in legal research pertaining to an ownership dispute over the Lorton Meteorite, which now resides at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Lily gained more than three years of paralegal experience before law school as Senior Legal Assistant to the International Trade Practice Group of the law firm Arnold & Porter LLP. She obtained her B.A. in Classical & Medieval Studies from Bates College in 2005, having spent her junior year abroad in Florence, Italy, studying Italian language, history, and art. Upon the completion of her fellowship, Lily joined Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, a law and consulting firm serving clients in the art, cultural heritage, museum and historic preservation communities.