David J. Rowland is
a co-founder of Rowland & Petroff and is its managing partner. Mr.
Rowland specializes in international legal transactions including art
recovery, German property claims, real estate, business transactions,
wills, trusts and estates, litigation, and international law.
Rowland has represented claimants in several high profile art
restitution cases, including the recovery of the “Watzmann” by Caspar
David Friedrich and the restitution of the “Berlin Street Scene” by
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. In addition, Mr. Rowland has worked in the area
of German property restitution since 1990.
Mr. Rowland frequently
lectures and contributes articles in the areas of German property
claims and art restitution. He speaks fluent German and French.
Phone: (212) 685-5509
Fax: (212) 685-8862
B.A. 1978. New York Law School, J.D. 1983. Diploma in Advanced
International Legal Studies, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School
of Law, 1987.
New York State, 1984. U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1984.
Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York,
the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Bar
"Nazi-Era Art Claims in the
United States: 10 Years After the Washington Conference" Art &
Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter Spring 2009, Vol. I, Issue 5, pp. 30;
U.S. Museums Lived up to the Promise of the Washington Conference? The
Case for the Mandatory Referral of Nazi-Era Art Claims to a Neutral Art
Commission" in Verantwortung wahrnehmen-Taking Responsibility,
Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste in Berlin, 2008, pp.157;
"Reclaiming Property Along the Former Berlin Wall," New York Law Journal, Vol. 216-No. 65, 1996;
"Deadlines Affecting Property Claims in East Germany," New York Law Journal, Vol 208 No. 121, 1992;
"Compensation for Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime," New York Law Journal, Vol. 204-No. 104, 1992;
"Deadline Looms for Filing East German Compensation Claims," New York Law Journal, Vol. 204-No. 65, 1990.
with Dr. Eberhard Röhm, "Ausgleichsansprunch des Handelsvertretreters
im U.S. - amerikanischen Recht," Bundesnachrichten für Aussenhandel, No.