Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Maria Seferian shared her experiences as a corporate lawyer in a panel discussion exploring careers in art law. The lunchtime program, sponsored by USC Gould School of Law’s Art Law Society, featured Ms. Seferian, William Brutocao of Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson, and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin relating the start of their careers in the field and their work with artists and museums, artists rights and the intersection between art and commerce. Ms. Seferian, who has long held an interest in art and entertainment, “wanted to be an entertainment lawyer and later go off and open an art gallery or do something else art or music related…. But I find my job very rewarding. You have to do what you love to do, and I’m doing exactly what I want to do in a context I didn’t expect.”
Ms. Seferian’s practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate transactions and other business matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, arts and entertainment transactions, and intellectual property. She has represented the Armand Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).