Ralph E. Lerner is the preeminent attorney practicing full time in the field of art law. He is counsel at Withers Bergman LLP and the co-author of the award-winning treatise, ART LAW: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers and Artists (First, Second and Third Edition), acclaimed as the “industry bible” by Forbes Magazine. He has served as Chairman of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee of the New York State Bar Association and Chairman of the Visual Arts Division of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law. He is currently on the Board of the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Lerner is a nationally-acclaimed speaker and writer on the topic of tax-planning for collectors and artists. He has extensive experience in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service in the broadest possible manner and numbers among his clients many of the foremost artists, collectors and art dealers in America.