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Jeff Kinkle



Tel: 212-277-5883

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Jeff Kinkle joined BLH in 2022 and focuses on arts & entertainment law and civil rights litigation.


In his arts & entertainment practice, Jeff represents various parties in the worlds of art and culture in everything from contract negotiations and disputes to copyright enforcement.  In his civil rights practice, Jeff’s experience includes class actions in state and federal court, wrongful death, and discrimination claims.


Prior to BLH, Jeff was a litigator at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP for several years, representing a variety of clients across different practice areas within the firm’s litigation department, including securities, structured finance, false advertising, and white-collar defense and investigations.  He also maintained a robust pro bono practice, which included everything from a constitutional challenge to restrictive abortion laws in Oklahoma, amicus briefs on behalf of organizations like the Innocence Project, Global Witness, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the representation of individual artists through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.


Before joining Patterson Belknap, Jeff served as senior law clerk to Judge Jenny Rivera of the New York State Court of Appeals for two years.  He was a public interest scholar at Fordham Law where he did internships with Legal Aid’s Criminal Appeals Bureau, Federal Defenders of New York, and Georgia Resource Center, working with prisoners on death row.


Before attending law school, Jeff completed his doctorate in critical theory and cultural studies at Goldsmiths College in London, writing, researching, and lecturing on the intersection of art, politics, and philosophy.

Art Law Corner

Someone On The Internet Is Using My Work Without My Authorization.

Should I Register My Visual Art?

Professional Activities

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Swedish-American Bar Association


Selected Publications

Harry Sandick and Jeff Kinkle, “Securities Market Urgently Needs Federal Insider Trading Law,” Law360, Feb. 2021

Jeff Kinkle, Kade Olsen, and Stephen Younger, “Updates on COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Appeals,” New York Law Journal, May 29, 2020.

Alberto Toscano and Jeff Kinkle, Cartographies of the Absolute, London: Zero Books, 2015.

“The Spectacle and the Partisan,” The Dual State: Carl Schmitt, Parapolitics and the National Security Apparatus, London: Ashgate, 2012.

“The Emaciated Spectator,” That’s What a Chameleon Looks Like: Contesting Immersive Cultures, Cologne: Harem Verlag, 2011.

“Filling in the Blanks: Trevor Paglen’s Parapolitical Geography,” SITE, Stockholm, No. 29, 2010.





Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 2016, cum laude)

Goldsmiths College, University of London (Ph.D., 2010)


Birkbeck College, University of London (M.A., 2003, distinction)

New York University (B.A. 2001)


Civil Rights & Discrimination

Entertainment & Art Law

International Human Rights

Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

Second Circuit Court of Appeals​​

United States District Court, 

Southern District of New York

New York

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