Providing legal services to the creative community

A Law Firm Dedicated to the Arts

The Law Office of Sarah Conley Odenkirk is dedicated to providing legal services to clients at all stages of their creative and business development. We work with clients to craft innovative and affordable solutions. We provide clear, effective advice on issues pertaining to the arts, intellectual property, public policy and general business. Our goal is to make the law accessible and understandable for the creative community and to constructively contribute to the vibrant art world.

We work with a wide range of clients including:

• Artists

• Public Art Programs

• Public Art Consultants

• Municipalities

• Art-related Businesses and Organizations

• Museums

• Galleries

• Real Estate Developers

• Architects

• Designers

• Publishers

• Graphic designers

Our clients hire us with the knowledge that they will receive personal attention and high quality legal services. Phone calls are returned promptly and questions always receive a clear answer. We work with clients to design plans of action that include a review of available options and assessment of possible outcomes.

Sarah Conley Odenkirk is also Of Counsel with the law firm of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham (, a California law firm with offices in Beverly Hills.

Practice Areas

Our main focus is fine art, but that means that our practice covers everything from contracts and licensing agreements to art-related construction matters and every aspect of public art development. By virtue of Sarah’s Of Counsel relationship with Rufus-Isaacs, Acland and Grantham we can also provide legal representation in many other areas including litigation, entertainment/media, estate planning, family law, real estate and insurance.


In addition to providing legal services, our office is continually in the process of researching new resources for the field of fine and public art. Legal services are indispensable, but inextricably intertwined with other information needs. We spend a great deal of time and effort to ensure that we are not only up on the cutting edge of research in the arts, but that we are constructively adding to the body of available resources. Best practice documents, searchable databases, policy consultation and directories of art administrators and experts are just a few of the resource our firm provides.


'A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts: For Artists & Other Creatives' is now available for purchase on!

Public Art in Private Development Resource Guide

If you wish to submit changes, revisions, or new information to the Public Art in Private Development Database please click here.

A note about the art

The art for this website was provided by established Northwest artist, Rae Mahaffey. Rae is represented by the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, Oregon and runs Mahaffey Fine Art, a fine art print studio, with her husband, Master Printer Mark Mahaffey.