Katherine E. Lewis concentrates her practice at the intersection of information technology, new media, and visual arts & culture. Ms. Lewis’ clients include enterprise and startup technology firms, software and SaaS companies, internationally renowned cultural institutions and museums, art foundations, public universities, EdTech companies, publishers and film makers. Ms. Lewis also works with visual artists, writers, developers and other creatives.
Ms. Lewis advises clients on a variety of intellectual property, privacy, corporate and technology related transactional matters with special emphasis on new media, digital and software and technology licensing, software development, intellectual property transactions, collection and use of data and personally identifiable information, machine learning product development and licensing.
Ms. Lewis also advises clients on all manner of cultural property transactions, artist commissions, collection and archival acquisition purchases and donations, object acquisitions, exhibition loan agreements, traveling exhibition agreements, live event productions, talent agreements, collections and archival digitization, and a variety of collaboration and public-private partnerships.
University of New Hampshire School of Law. LL.M Intellectual Property Law
University of New Hampshire School of Law. J.D.
University of Connecticut. B.A. Art History
State of New York
State of Massachusetts
District of Columbia
Prior to joining MSF in 2015, Ms. Lewis was an Attorney-Advisor with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Contracting for several years, working on a variety of intellectual property, acquisition, estates, grants, exhibitions, filming, publishing, product licensing and general commercial transactions, most of which were also subject to federal legal and regulatory considerations.
Ms. Lewis interned with the Charitable Trusts Unit, New Hampshire Attorney General Office while in law school and later returned as a volunteer attorney, with a focus on regulatory compliance and enforcement of local laws, rules and regulations as to charitable organizations, with special emphasis on executive compensation, cy pres and deviation, fundraising compliance, fraud, religious institutions, and anti-trust investigations.
Represents an internationally recognized institution of creative photography of a public university in its multi-million-dollar acquisition of a fine art photography collection and archive.
Represents large internationally renowned museum to compete and award multiple service agreements for the large-scale digitization of natural, art, archeological, archival and research collections, and provide counsel and assistance in the refinement and consolidation of a variety of contracts, agreements, and forms.
Lead on all intellectual property, information technology, and commercial products and services transactions for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Lead on a multi-million-dollar contract for the design, development and manufacture of a customized visitor experience device.
Represented international information security solutions enterprise company in negotiation of multi-million-dollar strategic customer agreements and development of internal corporate policies and standardization of forms.
Counsel cultural not for profit organizations, including museums, on collections digitization and interpretation and compliance with related grant restrictions.
Represented not for profit cultural organization in the negotiation of large-scale audio-visual data license agreement in a partnership with a cross border educational institution for development of a sophisticated machine learning algorithm to automate classification of large cultural data sets.
Trustee, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2016 – present)
Board Member, National Conference for Lawyers and Scientists (2016 – present)
Founding Board Member, Alliance for Response New York City (2015 – present)
Council Member, Section of Science & Technology, American Bar Association (2015 – present)
Chair, Museums and Arts Law Committee, Section of Science & Technology, American Bar Association (2013 – present)
Member, Jurisprudence Working Group, iM2 Standards for Scientific Authentication of Works of Art (2015 – present)
Member, Copyright and Literary Property Committee, New York City Bar Association (2015 – present)
Guest Lecturer, Museums and Technology, Harvard Extension School’s Museum Studies Program (2014 – present)
Guest Lecturer, Museums and Technology, Tuft’s University, Museum Studies Program (2016)
“Immerse Yourself: Creative Expression through Augmented & Virtual Reality,” American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology (August 2017)
“Augmented Reality: Beyond Pokémon Go™,” American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology (March 2017)
“Legal Issues for Small Museums,” (Intellectual Property Panelist) New England Museum Association (2011 – present)
“Digital Copyright & Privacy,” American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology (October 2015)
“Copyright Licensing,” American Alliance of Museums (December 2014)
“Art & Scientific Evidence,” American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Association (August 2014)
“Copyright Licensing: Giving & Receiving,” American Alliance of Museums (July 2014)
“Museums & Technology,” American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology (June 2014)
“Digital Deaccessioning.” Is it Okay to Sell the Monet? Age of Deaccessioning in Museums, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
“A Copyright Holder’s Guide to Recent Developments in Digital Millennium Copyright Act Takedown Procedures.” Provenance, Chicago, IL: Museum & Arts Law Committee, Winter 2016
“Digital & Information Technology at the Museum.” The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 18, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015
“Social Media: Use Responsibly.” The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 17, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015
“Rights & Reproductions: The Rapidly Changing Landscape.” The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 20, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015 (co-author)
“Orphan Works: Handle with Care.” NEMA News: The Quarterly Journal of the New England Museum Association, New England Museum Association, August 2013
“Caught in the Middle: Intellectual Property and Indigenous Communities.” Landslide, Chicago, IL: ABA Section of Intellectual Property, March 2013 (co-author)
“Survey: Arts Organizations Increased Reliance on the Internet & Digital Technologies.” Provenance, Chicago, IL: Museum & Arts Law Committee, February 2013
“Navigating Social Media Challenges with Small Museums: Be Proactive Not Reactive.” The Sci Tech Lawyer, Chicago, IL: Section of Science & Technology, April 2012
The Art Newspaper