Joel S. Lever

Joel Lever is a founding partner of Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP. Mr. Lever’s transactional practice expands upon his depth of experience in corporate law and art law. Mr. Lever considers each aspect of a transaction and every potential impact on his clients, whether the matter is an acquisition of an operating business or the purchase of a multimillion dollar fine art collection.

Mr. Lever represents clients in a wide range of general corporate law and commercial matters. Mr. Lever’s corporate practice includes the representation of both public and private sector companies in strategic acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital financing. Mr. Lever has served as counsel to companies undergoing reorganization of their business and their assets. He advises acquiring companies and targets regarding mergers and acquisitions as well as leveraged buyouts. Mr. Lever also provides representation to medical practices, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations and provider networks in their general business operations as well as on policy matters and before state agencies.  

Mr. Lever has a unique art law practice which includes the representation of collectors and dealers as well as artists and publishers.  Mr. Lever handles sophisticated transactions including the purchase and sale of fine art and antiquities through private matters, or auction houses, secured lending against fine art, art licensing and publication, as well as loans to museums. He continually counsels art professionals through their unique legal needs from start to finish, including commissioning art installations, purchasing art privately or at galleries, licensing intellectual property rights, managing sophisticated tax documentation, and specialized planning for trusts and estates. Mr. Lever also negotiates and resolves claims for his clients, namely, those of title and authenticity.



  • Boston University School of Law, JD
  • Syracuse University, BA with Honors


  • U.S. Supreme Court and all Federal and State Courts within the New York jurisdiction


  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Art Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, and Art Finance Subcommittee


  • 2013 International Global Law Expert
  • Art Lawyer of the Year in New York
  • Super Lawyer