Attorneys & Staff

Joy Berus

Attorney at Law

Office: 949-945-0485
Fax: 949-945-0475

Toll Free: 888-701-8438

Joy Berus is a nationally known expert in the practice of art law with over 20 years of experience. Her unique practice focuses on art and other tangible assets as an asset class with the goal of maximizing value and minimizing tax liability. She has unique and specialized knowledge in art law, personal property law, tax law, appraisal law, UCC, and transactional law. She serves the needs of individual, corporate and museum clients who own all types of tangible assets from paintings, sports memorabilia, jewelry, and wine to classic cars.

She has assisted individual owners and collectors, corporate collectors, museums, foundations, banks and trust companies, historical property owners, artists, writers, appraisers, and gallery owners.

She represents and assists clients in purchases, sales, consignments, charitable contributions, valuations, unique personal property estate planning provisions, estate settlements and distributions, holding companies, loans to museums, loans using art as collateral, collection management, museum administration, copyright, contract negotiations and historical real property matters.

Prior to forming her own practice, she was a partner for over twenty years in a California law firm where she focused on building her practice in art law, business law and property law.


Ms. Berus has been an author and quoted contributor on CBS Marketwatch, Investor's Business Daily, the Planned Giving Design Center, Steve Leimberg's Charitable Planning Newsletters, the CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning, the Journal of Retirement Planning, also a CCH Publication, the Heritage Auction Galleries Trusts & Estates Newsletter, and she is a quoted contributor to Forbes magazine.

Speaking Engagements & Seminars

Ms. Berus has lectured extensively on the business of owning art and collections, art as an asset class, appraisal law, tax law, and other art law related topics to the American Society of Appraisers, the California Society of CPAs and other professional CPA organizations, Estate Planning organizations, California Lawyers for the Arts, various bank and trust client groups, wealth and investment groups, art insurance organizations, philanthropic groups, museum staff members and museum support groups. Ms. Berus was a co-lecturer with the former Chief of the Art Appraisal Services, Karen Carolan in various IRS and American Society of Appraiser symposiums during 2006, 2007, 2008.


Ms. Berus’ blogs include her Artifacts art news blog and blogs for the Western Museum Association.

Teaching/Adjunct Professor

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
University of California, Irvine
American Society of Appraisers


State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Affiliate Member, American Society of Appraisers, Personal Property
Affiliate Member, Friend, Appraisers Association of America
Member, California Lawyers for the Arts
Member of the Board of Directors, VSA arts of California, 1995 – 2005, a nonprofit national organization assisting the disabled through arts programs.
Licensed Broker, California


B.S., University of San Francisco
J.D., Western State University College of Law


American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing