James McAndrew runs the art law practice, as a non-legal professional, for an international law firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong. He is responsible for bringing to the firm unique experience in many facets of federal and international law, particularly in the areas of Customs, international trade, and the international sale, acquisition and transfer of works of art and antiquity. His services include providing risk assessments, collections management, business compliance and unmatched due diligence on provenance, authentication, attribution, and transaction documentation.
Prior to joining the firm James McAndrew retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the founder and Head of their International Art and Antiquity Theft Investigations Program. He was designated their subject matter expert with twenty seven years of impeccable service. Under his direction the program expanded globally and included foreign government officials, cultural ministries, and law enforcement officials. He developed and implemented DHS’s national training program for federal law enforcement, United States Attorney’s Offices, U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center, foreign law enforcement, and U.S. Embassy personnel, titled "Fighting Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property at U.S. Ports of Entry" hosted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. James McAndrew was an active member on the U.S. Department of State's Cultural Property Task Force and Interpol's Cultural Property Task Force. He also was DHS’s spokesperson at international conferences on the global trade in cultural property attended by more than one hundred countries from several continents. He personally recovered more than 2000 works of art and antiquity for countries around the globe worth tens of millions of dollars.
Mr. McAndrew is prepared to give expert testimony regarding the nature of the legitimate trade in ancient art and cultural property as well as the illicit trade. He has corresponded with the United Nations, the press, and US representatives on the subject in an effort to stem the tide of deliberate misinformation that is being given to US policy makers in an effort to stifle the free and necessary legitimate trade in ancient art.