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Kate Fitz Gibbon

Contact: 505.412.2209
Law School: University of New Mexico
Jurisdiction: New Mexico


About Kate Fitz Gibbon
Kate Fitz Gibbon obtained her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she received the Helen S. Carter Prize and the Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law. She has a Master's degree from St. John's College and Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College. She was honored to serve on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee to the President for both Presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush. She received the George Wittenborn Memorial Award from ARLIS in 1997 and was named a Cotsen Scholar at the Textile Museum, Washington DC in 2002.

Kate Fitz Gibbon's local practice focuses on estate planning, using powerful tools that include wills, trusts, and advance health and financial planning. She also serves clients who need help in probate and with guardianship, conservatorship and special needs trusts.

Quality, responsibility, and respect are the hallmarks of Kate Fitz Gibbon's work. Her law office provides legal services to all New Mexicans without discrimination. She believe that everyone should have access to the best legal help to ensure their family's future. Conscientious, thoughtful estate planning with personal attention to each client's needs can provide that security.

Nationally and internationally, she works in art law and cultural heritage issues as well as the legal management of private collections. She is an authority on Asian art and author and contributor to eight books covering both art and art law. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and in numerous magazines and she is a frequent lecturer at museums and conferences.

She has worked all over the world and traveled widely, from Turkmenistan to Borneo, but the most important things in her life are much closer to home - her husband of thirty-five years and their two daughters, now in college.

Practice Areas
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • International Law
  • Native American Law
  • Tax Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Mexico
Professional Experience
Educational director, American Council for Cultural Policy, 600 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee to the President, Department of State, 301 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20547
Director, Anahita Gallery, Inc. Santa Fe, NM
Skidmore CollegeB.A.Central Asian Interdisciplinary Studies
St. John's CollegeM.A.Western Hemisphere Liberal Arts
University of New MexicoJ.D.College of Law
Professional Activities
Board Member Cultural Policy Research Institute, Inc. 2009-2010
Board Member, Legal Committee Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) 2009-2010


Articles & Publications
  • A Story of Islamic Embroidery
    TDIC, Abu Dhabi
  • The Megalli Collection
    The Textile Museum, Washington DC
  • Sammlung Henkel II
    Dumont Buchverlag, Koln
  • Uzbek Embroidery in the Nomadic Tradition
    Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
  • Who Owns The Past: Cultural Policy, Cultural Property and the Law
    Rutgers University Press
  • Protection or Restriction: America's Role in Safeguarding China's Cultural Property
    Orientations Magazine
  • This Property Claim Should Be Condemned
    Wall Street Journal
  • Ikat, Silks of Central Asia, The Guido Goldman Collection
    Calmann and King, London


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215 W. San Francisco St.
Ste. 202C
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Telephone: 505.412.2209