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.



  • Education: 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:

  • Emerging visual and conceptual / New Genres artist: Large-scale text-based oil painting, large-scale text and visual installations, conceptual video, drawing, and performance art, 2013-present.

  • Works are in U.S. and international private collections and U.S. corporate collections through direct sales and and work with a Manhattan-based art consultancy.

  • Most recently (Jan 2019): Appointed to the board of trustees of IDSVA, The Institute For Doctoral Studies In The Visual Arts, IDSVA offers a world-class low-residency PhD program in art theory and philosophy to visual artists and creative scholars.

  • Previously: Unsolicited nomination to apply to the Spannocchia Artist Residency (Italy, Jan 2019); in discussions for non-exclusive US gallery representation (Jan 2019); invited to create and show two large-scale installations, with conceptual video and performance art, at a New York art fair (Nov 2018); placement of a large-scale text work in a corporate collection in Manhattan (Oct 2018); large-scale text oil painting to serious LA / NY collector (2017); three juried art selections to emerging art fairs in New York and London (2017). As of 2019, large text oils sell above five figures; other works sell between 2k and five figures.

  • 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 + (2019). Serious collectors have started acquiring my oils (2017, 2018, 2019); Collectors place a growing number of my works in art vaults rather than on walls (2018); I’ve been invited to show installations in New York that have attracted art critic and academic attention (2018).

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

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