Judge Clarkson's hour-long lecture and PowerPoint presentation of the life and 1656 Bankruptcy of the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn paints a unique picture of art, personality, the loves of his life, and his overwhelming financial successes and failures. Descriptions of unusual mortgages and defaults, disingenuous bankruptcy planning, fraudulent transfers, litigation and appeals, secret corporations to avoid creditors, and disputes with patrons — all of which present remarkable similarities between the Dutch legal system of the 17th Century and Title 11 (the U.S. Bankruptcy Code) in the United States today.
Previously presented in 2018 and 2019 in NYC, San Francisco, Denver, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, Orange County, CA, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, San Diego at the Timken Museum, and the American University in Washington, D.C., and the National Arts Club in New York City (February 6, 2020). We are scheduled for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington University, St. Louis, the California Lawyers Association in San Diego, and the American Bankruptcy Institute's Southwest Leadership Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California (August 21, 2020).
Fine art and fiduciary drama intersect in the world of Rembrandt van Rijn, whose life and times (1606-1669) are an object lesson in how passion interplays with a need for sound financial planning and a good bankruptcy and estate lawyer.