Georges Lederman

Georges Lederman is an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney and civil litigator who has focused on representing art world clients over the past 13 years. He has tried over 30 felony jury trials to verdict and has defended art dealers, galleries and auction houses before federal and state law enforcement agencies investigating the sale of forged and fraudulent works of art; the importation of ivory, antiquities and cultural heritage artifacts; tax evasion; and money laundering. Mr. Lederman served for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Frauds Bureau and Trial Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and is currently a guest faculty member in the office’s annual trial advocacy program.


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1984)
    • Lead Articles Editor, The Tax Lawyer
  • Brown University (A.B., with honors in History, 1979)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland (1977-1978)
    • Faculté de traduction et d’interprétation

Prior Legal Experience

  • Georges G. Lederman Attorney at Law (2002-2016)
  • Lederman & Graves, LLP, Partner (1997-2002)
  • New York County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney (1987-1997)
  • Kelley, Drye & Warren, Associate (1984-1987)


  • New York DA Launches Secret Art Sales Tax Investigation, Artnet News, January 22, 2015 (cited in Galleries’ Records are Subpoenaed, The New York Times, February 4, 2015, at C1)
  • Emergency Advice for Art Dealers Facing a Sales Tax Investigation, Artnet News, February 10, 2015

Professional Activities

  • Guest Faculty Member, New York County District Attorney’s Office, Trial Advocacy Program
  • New York City Bar Association


  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit


  •  Bilingual English/French