Our Fashion Law Team

ALAN BEHR, Chairman, Fashion Law Practice
Alan is a member in the Corporate & Business Law Department and Intellectual Property Practice, and chairs the Fashion Law Practice.  Alan concentrates his practice on international intellectual property, fashion and entertainment law.  He provides ongoing anti-counterfeiting, trademark enforcement and other intellectual property protection activities for leading European and American luxury and general-market brands. He also represents major retailers in the implementation of strategic initiatives, including private label programs and development of new lines of business, and represents established and up-and-coming businesses and individuals in the fields of fashion, consumer products, electronic entertainment, emerging technologies, and publishing.

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COURTNEY L. BIRNBAUM

Courtney is a counsel in our Corporate & Business Law and Real Estate departments, advising businesses and individual clients on contract, transactional and day-to-day business matters. She brings a business-oriented perspective to her work, informed by her legal experience, her M.B.A. in Finance and Management, and a Master’s degree in Corporate Law.  Courtney represents jewelry, clothing, and art industry clients in some of their most important business matters, including sale and consignment to U.S. and Canadian retailers, financing, and intellectual property.

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MONTE ENGLER
Monte, Chair of the Corporate Department, has been engaged in the practice of corporate and business law for over 35 years.  He has developed a significant clientele in a number of businesses, including the representation of well-known personalities in the fashion, home furnishings, design and entertainment industries. Monte’s extensive experience includes the negotiation and completion of a multitude of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and private and public financing. He counsels clients at all levels of their representative business operations, and provides dispute resolution assistance among shareholders of privately-held corporations.

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MICHAEL S. FISCHMAN
Michael’s (“Mike”) practice focuses on civil litigation and arbitration.  He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex commercial matters from the pre-complaint stage through trial and appeal. Mike’s clients have included well known fashion and home furnishing designers and manufacturers, diamond businesses and trade organizations, women’s wear licensing agents. His representations have involved disputes over licensing, copyrights, trademarks, insurance, shareholder, buy-sell and employment agreements and chargeback disputes with national retailers.

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BARRY H. FISHKIN
Barry is a member of the Corporate, Technology and Intellectual Property Departments. Barry’s principal areas of concentration are (1) corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the fashion industry, purchase and distribution arrangements, commercial finance, joint ventures, IP licensing and corporate governance; (2) technology law, including outsourcing agreements, software development and licensing agreements, website development and service agreements, information technology licensing agreements, content acquisition and sharing agreements and master service agreements for technology development services; and (3) trademark law, including trademark clearance and registration, opposition and cancellation proceedings and the maintenance of trademarks domestically and internationally. Barry chairs our Firm’s trademark prosecution practice.

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HELENE M. FREEMAN
Helene’s practice is focused on all facets of entertainment, publishing, the arts and fashion. As a litigator with more than 30 years experience, Helene has been trial and appellate counsel in precedent setting cases under both copyright and trademark law throughout the United States. She provides assistance in securing registration of copyrights and trademarks in the United States and developing plans for the worldwide exploitation and protection of creative property. She also regularly advises on international transactions involving the acquisition of rights in entertainment and media properties.

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DONALD L. KREINDLER
Donald (“Don”) specializes in the resolution of business disputes – by negotiation where possible, and otherwise through trial in arbitration or in court. Don has tried cases in court and in arbitration which cover virtually the entire spectrum of business disputes, including disputes involving sales contracts, acquisition agreements, license agreements, brokerage agreements, partnership and shareholders’ agreements and employment contracts, copyright infringement claims (representing both copyrights holders and claimed infringers).

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MARC A. LANDIS
Marc, Chair of the Real Estate Department, maintains a diverse real estate and corporate transactional practice focused on the acquisition, development and preservation of affordable housing, commercial leasing matters, the representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate financing transactions, loan workouts and foreclosures, architectural and construction agreements, and the representation of cooperative corporations and condominium associations. He also serves as general counsel to an acclaimed luxury fashion brand.

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MONICA P. McCABE
Monica specializes in intellectual property and entertainment law.  She represents a broad range clients, including consumer goods; fashion, apparel and jewelry manufacturers and distributors; actors, musical performers, authors, publishers, illustrators, and photographers. Monica has directed copyright and trademark litigation, supervised the prosecution and maintenance of hundreds of trademarks, and advised and represented clients regarding the protection, assignment and licensing of copyrights, trademark portfolios, and domain names. She has also represented clients in matters including rights of publicity and privacy, breach of recording agreements, celebrity bankruptcies, and royalty disputes.

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JONATHAN R. TILLEM
Jonathan (“Jon”) is a general corporate practitioner with a significant clientele in the domestic and international apparel and fashion industries.  He has a concentration in licensing, representing licensors and licensees, including, numerous high-end designer and luxury brands and other major, as well as up-and-coming, American and European fashion companies and apparel manufacturers, in their licensing activities.  Jon also represents a number of “brand management” companies that have acquired prestigious brands for the purpose of establishing licensing programs.

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ANDREW J. TUNICK
Andrew (“Andy”) represents both foreign and domestic corporations, partnerships, other business entities and individuals in a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters including licensing, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, shareholders’ and partnership agreements, distribution agreements, employment agreements, financing agreements, security agreements and also trademark and intellectual property matters.  Andy’s clientele includes foreign and domestic apparel designers, manufacturers and distributors, jewelry designers and manufacturers, fragrance and cosmetics companies, retail enterprises, footwear designers and manufacturers, and licensing representatives.

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