Director, Chair: Ben Allison

Ben represents Native artists, art and literary estates, museums and other arts organizations in his day job as a lawyer. He is the co-founder of Bardacke Allison LLP in Santa Fe, an intellectual property and commercial trial law firm. Ben recently represented Helen Tindel and the estate of her mother Margarete Bagshaw in litigation involving the legacy of four generations of Santa Clara women painters.

He also represents the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, handling worldwide licensing for his most famous character Sherlock Holmes. He handles litigation around the country and is a regularly invited speaker on intellectual property and trial issues. When not in the courtroom or at the Coe, he runs marathons with his wife Newlyn, recently got a job as the regular cook at home, and occasionally pinch-hits as piano accompanist for one of their five children.