New York, 1984
California, 1996
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court

Phd candidate, Philosophy, all but dissertation, 2015, The European Graduate School, Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought
J.D., 1984, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, B.A., Philosophy, Creighton University, Dean’s List Real Estate Securities Certificate, New York University

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Professor Law and Society, New York City College of Technology,  2013-present CUNY, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 

Copyright, Trademark and Patent Law for Design Students of Karim Rashid, Philadelphia, Pa. c. 1988


Deleuze and Territoriality, 2015,  Saas Fee Summer Institute of art, Saas Fee, Switzerland

VARA and Social Art Practice, 2015, Laser Art Space, New York City

Legal Experience:

New York State Attorney’s General’s Office,  Real Estate Finance Bureau 1982-1983 Reviewed Blue Sky Laws as applied to Cooperatives and Condominiums.

Bernard Walpin Law Offices, New York, NY 1983-1984 Represented Co-op and Condominium Boards, prepared Offering Plans, and general real estate, transactional and general business practice.

Forman & Ziff Esqs, Brooklyn and Manhattan, NYC Admitted as Partner in 1987. Opened and operated New York City office. Real Estate acquisitions, preparation of Private Placements and Condominium Conversions.

Law Office of Gale P. Elston, P.C., Owner and Manager of Firm 1988-present Copyright Law, VARA and copyright litigation, trademark registration and litigation. Represented artists and galleries, corporations, closely held corporations and partnerships.

Founded Ore Projekts, San Francisco Art Space, 2008. 850 Greenwich Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Trustee, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, Ca. 2007-2008

Founding Board Member of White Box, Alternative Art Space 2000-2009 Executive Director White Box, 3/08-3/09 329 Broome Street, New York, NY Directed operations of not -for -profit alternative art space, managed staff, grant writing, and exhibitions of cutting edge alternative art. Created educational program. See

General Counsel for national and international art galleries and artists.

Represented artists’ and galleries’ legal interests in Europe, Russia, New York and California.

Represented recording artists and the estates of visual and performing artists.

Elston Fine Arts, Ltd., 219 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 Owned and operated fine art gallery in Manhattan 1990-1992.

Retired founding Board member of White Box Gallery, 525 W. 26th Street, New York, NY 10001