Tompa, Peter K.

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Attorney, registered lobbyist for IAPN and PNG, Legal Officer of the Cultural Policy Research Institute, Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild

Peter Karl Tompa (* 1960) graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1982 and the Washington College of Law, American University in 1986. Already in 1984, he started to work as Law Clerk at the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Washington, D.C. After having served as Judicial Clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., until 1987, Peter K. Tompa was Associate with the New Jersey firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman (1987-1988), and Judicial Clerk at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C. until 1989.
At Carr, Goodson Warner, Washington, D.C., he was Associate (1989-1996), Senior Counsel (1996-2000) and Non-Equity Partner (2000). In this capacity, he litigated in areas of cultural property and appeals.
He continued to be involved with cultural property issues at the Washington, D.C. offices of McDermott, Will & Emery (2000-2004), Dillingham & Murphy, LLP (2004-2008), and, as his current position since 2008, at Bailey & Ehrenberg PLLC. He provides advice, litigation, and lobbying services related to the trade in cultural artifacts. 

Peter K. Tompa conducted lobbying activities before U.S. Congress related to import restrictions on ancient coins. He counseled to advocacy group in test case pending in U.S. District Court concerning customs regulations related to the import of ancient coins. 

He is co-author of a chapter on numismatics in anthology on cultural property issues, entitled “Who Owns the Past: Cultural Policy, Cultural Property, and the Law” (Rutgers University Press 2005). He also authored the law review article on cultural property issues, “Ancient Coins as Cultural Property: A Cause for Concern?” (4 J. Int’l Legal Studies 69, Winter 1998).

Peter K. Tompa is past Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee. He is a member of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, D.C. and Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. 

Having become interested in ancient coins at a young age on trips to Europe, his particular focus is on Greek coins from South Italy and Sicily, Roman coins of Marcus Aurelius, and medieval and modern coins of the Kingdom of Hungary.

You can reach Peter K. Tompa via email.

On the website of Bailey & Ehrenberg, you can find him here.

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And his contribution on ancient coins and the cultural property debate with the title “It Should Be About Conservation, Not Control” can be downloaded here.