Adam Wilson, Esq. | Art Law | Appellate Law | Lawyers, Artists, Creatives

Adam Wilson | Art Law + Federal Appellate Law | Artists | Creatives | Musicians | Writers | Nationwide | Portland Maine

Adam Wilson | Art Law | Federal Appellate Law | First Amendment | IP / Intellectual Property | Artist Rights | Federal Practice | Nationwide | Portland Maine | Adam Daley Wilson is an attorney, lawyer, mediator, artist, and public speaker.



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  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999. Moot Court, Stanford Law Review. B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994.

  • Bar Admissions: California, 1999; Washington, D.C., 2001; Maine, 2009.

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. San Francisco Office, 2006-2009. Associate attorney, litigation and appellate groups. Intellectual property, copyright, trade secrets, civil and criminal antitrust (white collar economic competition crimes such as price-fixing and bid-rigging), complex commercial litigation, appeals.

  • Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington D.C. Office, 2000-2004. Associate attorney, litigation and antitrust groups. Intellectual property, antitrust, appeals, first amendment and constitutional law.

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, 2004-2006. Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen. Intellectual property, first amendment and constitutional law, privacy law, defamation, contract and economic harm (business tort) law.

  • Served as the mediator of about 200 small commercial disputes and lawsuits, including as a paneled mediator for the Maine Judicial Branch, Portland ME, on two court-adjunct panels, 2009-2013.

  • More here, including a summary of recent art-related matters here (updated Jan. 2019).

As an aRTIST and creative:

  • Am emerging visual and conceptual artist since 2014;

  • Over 12 mediums including video, multi-media, oil painting, installations, sound, photography, performance art, and sculpture;

  • Works are in U.S. and international private collections and U.S. corporate collections in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Miami, and more, through direct sales, gallery sales, on-line gallery sales, and a Manhattan-based art consultancy;

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, IDSVA, The Institute For Doctoral Studies In The Visual Arts, IDSVA offers visual artists and creative scholars an international PhD program in art theory and philosophy.

  • Recent developments: Unsolicited invitation to show non-exclusively at the Robert Kidd Gallery (U.S., 2019); unsolicited nomination to the Spannocchia Artist Residency (Italy, 2019); unsolicited invitation to be a featured guest artist (two installations, conceptual experiment, and performance art) at The Other Art Fair (TOAF) New York (U.S., 2018); placement of a large-scale text work in a corporate collection in Manhattan (2018); direct sale of a large-scale text oil painting to a prominent LA / NY collector (2017); three juried art selections to emerging art fairs in New York and London (2017). As of mid-2019, large-scale oils sell above five figures; mid-size oils sell at $10k; drawings and media works sell accordingly.

  • As a lawyer-artist-creative I handle all of my own transactions, negotiations, and protection of my IP and my artist rights. Average acquisition price has increased from $750 (2014) to $3.5k (2015) to $10k for mid-size works (2019). Serious collectors have started acquiring my oils (2017, 2018, 2019), and collectors place a growing number of my works in their long-run art vaults rather than on their walls (2018). Finally, my works have begun to attract a modest degree of art critic and academic attention (2018, 2019).

  • My art site is here and my art Instagram is here.