Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough's art law practice covers a broad area of the art market. He advises galleries, auctioneers and collectors on a variety of matters regarding consignment agreements, collaborative legal arrangements, authenticity issues, ownership issues, and many others. Mr. McCullough has extensive experience in the unique issues that affect online auctioneers and art sellers; he worked on many of the early efforts to sell art and antiques online, and works with the top online auctioneers in today’s market. During his ten years as compliance counsel at Sotheby’s, he gained extensive experience in the full range of commercial and regulatory concerns involved in art market transactions.


  • St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • Japanese Legal Studies Seminar, Tokyo, Japan, Santa Clara University School of Law (Certificate, 1992)
  • State University at Stony Brook (B.A., Political Science, 1990)

Prior Legal Experience

  • Michael McCullough LLC, Managing Partner (2010-2014)
  • Sotheby's, Inc., Associate Counsel (1998-2008)
  • Ace Young, Inc., Associate Counsel (1995-1998)



Professional Activities


  • 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 and Fourth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Licensed Customs Broker, U.S. Customs and Border Protection