Lauryn Guttenplan

Deputy General Counsel

Lauryn Guttenplan is the Deputy General Counsel for the Smithsonian Institution. She joined the Smithsonian in 1985 as an Assistant General Counsel after several years in private law practice.   She advises on a broad range of legal and policy issues related to the operations and activities of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research institutions and the National Zoo. She specializes in copyright and trademark matters and has developed policies for the Smithsonian and other arts organizations and museums on access and use of collections, fair use, open access, digitization standards and international reproduction policies. She was a member of the drafting committee for the Association of Art Museum Directors’ 2017 Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Materials and Works of Art by Art Museums. She is an annual speaker at the conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration, co-sponsored by the Smithsonian and the American Law Institute, has served as co-chair of the conference and is a frequent speaker on museum legal topics.  Ms. Guttenplan earned her J.D. in 1980 from Georgetown University Law Center where she served as an editor of The Tax Law Journal. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in History in 1977 from Cornell University, and served as a student trustee on the Board of Trustees.  She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren W. Eginton (deceased), U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C.