"Who is David Hall?"

David Hall is an Assistant United States Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the FBI Art Crime Team. He has worked valiantly prosecuting international art crimes cases in his seven years with the FBI, including a fraudulent Andrew Wyeth water color painting, the theft of Picasso and Chagall etchings, and the theft of several Norman Rockwell paintings.

In addition to his work with the FBI, Hall serves as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He has a M.B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, he wrote a book called The Reagan Wars: A Constitutional Perspective on War Powers and the Presidency, which examined the constitutionality of the Reagan administration. He has won the Department of Homeland Security/Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

Hall is on active government service and for this reason we cannot disclose too much information about his work. We are therefore all the more delighted and grateful that he is going to participate on our panel on October 29 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College when we will be able to find out more about his work and the reasons why SAFE has chosen to honor him.


Here’s what others say

“David Hall has worked diligently throughout his career to bring justice to the American public. One of the fields he has excelled in is the protection of cultural property. In one of the most significant cases of my career I had the pleasure of working with David to recover three stolen paintings by the quintessential American artist, Norman Rockwell. One of those, the iconic “Spirit of ’76” painted for the cover of “Boy’s Life” magazine in 1976 depicted a troop of Boy Scouts of America from Edison, New Jersey, marching with fife and drum. In the background were the World Trade Center Towers. This was recovered in Brazil in December 2001, a mere three months after the 911 attacks. David had worked for almost two years with the appropriate divisions at the DOJ and in Brazil to gain approval for a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request to allow for the investigation from the Brazilian government. This was the first request approved under the then new treaty. This is just one example of the dedication and work David has demonstrated throughout his career in saving our cultural history. He has been a trusted partner and inspiration to me in my career.”
Robert K. Wittman, author of Priceless

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