Our Fashion Law Practice

For nearly 70 years, Phillips Nizer’s Fashion Practice has helped lead the way in legal developments that followed the great changes in the fashion and luxury goods business. The key is knowledge: our attorneys understand the business and the unique challenges that await our fashion and luxury goods clients with each business day. We believe in delivering practical, business-based solutions to legal problems that respect our clients’ objectives—at a price that satisfies the need to watch the bottom line.

Our fashion and luxury goods clients include leading domestic and foreign manufacturers, retailers and designers of apparel, accessories, leather goods, eyewear, jewelry and watches, fragrances, cosmetics and children’s products.

Basic disciplines of the Fashion Practice Group members are the following:

  • Corporate/business services: The complete service package from formation of a company to its operation and growth. We deliver a full range of drafting and negotiation services for deals unique to the fashion and luxury goods business, from shop in shop agreements to buying agency agreements and beyond.
  • Intellectual property services: Development and protection of trademarks, copyrights, design patents and trade secrets.
  • Licensing services: We have seen every type of license that the fashion business has developed, from the simple licensure of a trademark into a new product category to the complex licensure of integrated branding and design rights across multiple product categories.
  • Litigation, arbitration and mediation: We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in claims for trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement, protection of trade secrets, confidential information, rights of publicity and privacy, as well as in general commercial litigation.

Because Phillips Nizer is a full-service law firm, our Fashion Practice Group works closely with attorneys in other of our practice areas to solve problems that our fashion clients encounter with real estate, labor and employment, taxation, antitrust, import/export and other related fields.


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