L. Eden Burgess

Washington, DC

Eden Burgess is a principal at The Heritas Group and a partner with its strategic ally, Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC.

Eden’s practice focuses on art, cultural heritage, museum, and intellectual property law. She has represented foreign states, museums, auction houses, major collectors, Native American tribal governments, and nonprofits, both claimants and claim recipients. She has litigated and settled complex claims involving Nazi art seizures, wartime looting, forced sales, and thefts.

Eden assists clients with the maintenance and management of their collections and provides advice on auctions, purchases, and sales. She writes and speaks about a broad range issues, including museum governance, immunity from seizure, and looted art. She helps clients navigate the laws and regulations at the state and federal level, including National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 process.

Eden’s intellectual property experience includes trial and appellate litigation in copyright, trademark, and patent. She is practiced in alternative dispute resolution.

Eden obtained her B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, and her Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.


Three fun facts about Eden:

Eden became a vegetarian at 16, when her (much cooler) friend at summer camp talked her into it. To everyone’s surprise, it stuck.
From the ages to 2 to 18, Eden was an avid ballet dancer. The dancing – to no one’s surprise – did not stick.
Eden is a major Anglophile, thanks in large part to Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Brontës.