The Fashion Law Initiative sits at the dynamic point where law, fashion, and technology collide. Through a combination of coursework, clinical and experiential learning, externship opportunities and exposure to new technology, this unique program provides hands-on training and education to law students preparing for innovative careers in fashion law.
The Fashion Law Initiative is a premier legal program dedicated to:
1. Training the next generation of fashion lawyers through coursework, research opportunities, conferences, externships, mentorship, and networking opportunities with well-known fashion brands and designers;
2. Promoting a collaborative network of knowledge within the law school and among stakeholders actively interested in helping protect consumers from the safety and privacy risks associated with new forms of technology in fashion; and
3. Training innovative attorneys to engage in public service to the community as mentors and volunteers.
Joseph M. Forgione, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, New York Law School
Joseph M. Forgione is the Director of the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School. Professor Forgione currently teaches the Fashion Law Practicum on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Law and he also serves on staff as Associate Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He is a practicing attorney at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, where he focuses his practice on trademark and copyright counseling in the fashion industry and conducts business as a licensed private investigator in New York. Professor Forgione has worked on intellectual property-related matters with a number of prominent fashion and cosmetics brands, including Burberry, Casio, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Michael Kors, Proraso, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sherri Hill, Stuart Weitzman, and Tiffany & Co. Prior to the firm, he worked on intellectual property-related matters in the corporate legal department at Chanel and he participated in legal internships at Kate Spade, 7 For All Mankind, and Time Inc. His professional career in intellectual property law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO. Professor Forgione holds both an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law and a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a B.A. degree, cum laude, with Honors in Sociology from Hofstra University, where he is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. His recent scholarly article “Counterfeiting, Couture, and the Decline of Consumer Trust in Online Marketplace Platforms” was published in Volume 61 of the New York Law School Law Review (2017) and he is a contributing author to Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation (Wiley 2011).
Elisabeth A. Schiffbauer ’15, Graduate Fellow, Fashion Law Initiative, New York Law School
Elisabeth A. Schiffbauer ’15 is a Graduate Fellow for the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School. Ms. Schiffbauer’s current research at New York Law School focuses on artificial intelligence, automation, and their potential impacts on labor and supply chains in the fashion industry. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and, since September 2016, Ms. Schiffbauer has served as a volunteer attorney for Advocates Abroad. While in law school, Ms. Schiffbauer held internships at the Model Alliance, Luxottica U.S. Holdings Corp., PVH Corp., Medenica Law PLLC, and the International Labor Rights Forum. She also served as a research assistant to Professors Ari E. Waldman and Jethro K. Lieberman. From June through August of 2016, Ms. Schiffbauer conducted research on labor and human rights issues in the garment and food and beverage sectors in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for Solidarity Center. During the summer of 2014, she participated in Cornell Law School’s Paris Summer Institute for International Law at the Sorbonne – Paris I. Ms. Schiffbauer graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California where she received a B.F.A. degree in Dance with a minor in Psychology, and she holds a J.D. degree from New York Law School.
Karen Artz Ash ’80, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Karen Artz Ash ’80 is national co-chair of the Intellectual Property department and co-head of the Trademarks and Trademark Litigation practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, focusing on courses in fashion law licensing. Professor Artz Ash has worked in fashion law for more than 25 years. She handles the structuring and administration of intellectual property, including establishing holding companies and trusts, and the creation, development, implementation and administration of licensing, servicing and manufacturing for companies worldwide. She helps apparel clients in acquisition and disposition of major designer properties and businesses and represents clients in securitizations, financings and joint ventures. She also handles intellectual property due diligence in all types of complex corporate transactions and is skilled in bankruptcy assessments and financings that are dependent upon intellectual property assets. Professor Artz Ash is a monthly columnist for Managing Intellectual Property magazine, contributing writer for The Licensing Journal and regular sponsor and participant in events hosted by Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a contributing writer to Becoming a Fashion Designer (Wiley 2013) and a contributing author to Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury 2014), the leading fashion law textbook in law schools in the United States.
Courtney Brown, Assistant Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Courtney Brown is an attorney at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., where she works exclusively on matters for MAC Cosmetics and specializes in talent, entertainment and intellectual property. She is responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including those for celebrity collaborations, influencers, models, photographers, product placements, sponsorships and music rights. Ms. Brown advises the brand on each of these matters as well as social media and intellectual property issues. She also oversees all general liability litigation. Ms. Brown graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she earned a J.D. degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Media Law.
Joseph C. Gioconda, Founder, Gioconda Law Group PLLC
Joseph C. Gioconda is an attorney and founder of the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, a law firm that handles brand protection litigation, investigations and strategic counseling for clients that include high-profile fashion companies. He has successfully litigated cases against some of the toughest infringers and counterfeiters, and has recovered multi-million dollar judgments and secured sweeping permanent injunctions against them. Mr. Gioconda has also assembled and managed large teams of lawyers and investigators across the globe to combat counterfeiters in the factories, storerooms and underground hideaways where they operate. He is widely quoted in the international press in the field of trademarks and anti-counterfeiting, and has been a commentator in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN and MSNBC. He was also profiled in the book Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods (Kogan Page 2005). Mr. Gioconda has published award-winning academic articles proposing innovative approaches to the challenge of anti-counterfeiting and has given presentations to the international art community in Italy and France on how they can utilize cutting-edge legal theories and technology to combat art forgery. Mr. Gioconda earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he edited three different law journals.
Elisheva Jasie, Senior Vice President, Global Business Services & Licensing Counsel, Coty Inc.
Elisheva Jasie is responsible for licensing, intellectual property and supporting the marketing function of Coty’s high-end fragrance and cosmetics brands in the United States. Her role also includes trademark and copyright clearance, portfolio management and work with the business development group on M&A and other strategic relationships. Prior to her tenure with Coty, Ms. Jasie was in private practice with a focus on IP, technology and venture capital. She received her LL.B. from Bar Ilan University’s Faculty of Law in Israel and is a member of the New York and Israeli Bar.
Kristin Lia, Senior Counsel/Director at Gap Inc.
Kristin Lia handles brand protection and infringement matters for Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix and provides legal support to the Gap brand creative functions. She also advises her business partners on a variety of marketing, advertising, clearance, and product design issues. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Ms. Lia worked on a variety of intellectual property-related matters as a staff attorney at the Gioconda Law Group, and went on to work at such companies as NBCUniversal and Authentic Brands Group. Prior to these experiences, she also served as an intellectual property intern at Burberry while in law school. Ms. Lia holds a J.D. degree and an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Deborah McNamara, Attorney, Designer & Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
Deborah McNamara is recognized as one of the founders of the academic discipline of fashion law, having created and taught one of the first courses in the field while an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design in 2007. She currently teaches Fashion Law at New York Law School and is also a practicing attorney with extensive litigation and transactional expertise in the areas of fashion and intellectual property law. Professor McNamara is also a designer. After earning her J.D. degree, cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, she practiced copyright and trademark law in New York at the firms of Shearman & Sterling and Thelen Reid & Priest. While practicing law, Professor McNamara attended Parsons, graduating with a degree in fashion design. During her studies, she spent time working at Jean Yu and Ralph Lauren. She also studied under Crstof Beaufays, then First Assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier. Professor McNamara has designed and shown capsule collections on runways in London and New York, and her garments have been published in numerous fashion, art and design books and magazines.
Olivera Medenica, Principal, Medenica Law PLLC
Olivera Medenica focuses on both transactional and litigation issues faced by businesses in a variety of industries from media, hospitality, and fashion to consulting, retail and telecommunication. She regularly counsels her clients on trademark, copyright, business licensing and disputes as well as business agreements, social/digital media, and client strategic counseling. In her litigation practice, she counsels her clients on matters such as copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, right of publicity and privacy, defamation, as well as shareholder and business owner disputes in closely held businesses. Ms. Medenica has lectured in a variety of venues on issues dealing with intellectual property, business ownership and disputes, social media, and law firm management issues, and she also written articles for a wide variety of legal publications. She has served as President to the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, sat on the board of New York County Lawyers’ Association, and has chaired the Small Law Firm Committee at the New York City Bar.
Viviana Mura, Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, Luxottica Group
Viviana Mura leads the global trademark practice at Luxottica Group, managing and enforcing the Group’s global trademark portfolio, supervising global oppositions and enforcement actions, and supporting IP litigation. She also supervises advertising and marketing compliance and advises the business worldwide on ecommerce, privacy & data security, social media, market strategies, brand development, IP protection & enforcement, marketing, strategic collaborations, technology development, and M&A. Ms. Mura lectures on international licensing at the Master’s Program on International Business Law of the Law School of the University of Rome Sapienza. She also speaks on a wide variety of IP-related subjects at lawyers’ organizations and brand protection conferences. Ms. Mura holds a J.D. degree equivalent from the Law School of the University of Rome Sapienza, an LL.M. degree in Corporate Law from the University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, and an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She is a member of the Fashion Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Rome Bar Association.
Nicole Negrin ’11, Director, Intellectual Property & Commercial Counsel, Ralph Lauren Corporation
Nicole Negrin negotiates, drafts and executes license, design services and commercial co-venture agreements at Ralph Lauren. She also participates in authorizing compliance of company materials with marketing, advertising and sweepstakes laws as well as trademark and copyright docketing efforts. While she was a student at New York Law School, Ms. Negrin had extensive experiences working alongside fashion companies on the legal side, which included work at VF Sportswear, Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC, and Affliction Holdings, LLC.
Jennifer Solar, Counsel, Miss Universe Organization, WME | IMG
Jennifer Solar works on a diverse array of endorsement, sponsorship, and appearance agreements at Miss Universe Organization. She is also responsible for trademark and copyright enforcement matters, as well as clip and product licensing and social media issues. Ms. Solar earned a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, concentrating in intellectual property, entertainment and media law.
Tiffani Solomon, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton Americas
Tiffani Solomon maintains sole responsibility for labor and employment matters for Louis Vuitton in the Americas region. In this role, Ms. Solomon serves as a Director in the Legal Department and provides employment and compliance counseling to Louis Vuitton Americas’ operations, including all corporate offices, workshops and retail locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. She also serves as the Senior Employment Counsel for Berluti LLC. Ms. Solomon was formerly an attorney in the Labor Relations & Employment Law Department of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP where she represented employers on a national basis in all aspects of labor and employment law.
Julie Zerbo, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law
Julie Zerbo oversees one of the leading authoritative sources dedicated to the field of fashion law and the business of fashion. She has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and NBC, and has been cited by publications including the New York Times, the Economist and Vogue publications worldwide, among others. Ms. Zerbo authored a chapter and assisted in editing Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury 2014). She consistently speaks and lectures at various educational institutions, and she is a regular guest lecturer at fashion law classes, panels, and events at New York Law School.
The Fashion Law Initiative currently offers the following courses:
Fashion Law and Technology
Fashion Law Practicum
Information Privacy Law
Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting
Litigating Copyright and Trademark Cases
Trademarks and Unfair Competition
The Fashion Law Initiative hopes to add the following course(s):
International Intellectual Property
Certificate Program in Fashion Law
The Fashion Law Initiative is proud to inaugurate a certificate program that recognizes outstanding students who, upon graduation, have completed a rigorous course of specialized study in fashion law.
Conferences, Talks, Symposia
The Fashion Law Initiative runs several programs that address the interplay between law, fashion, and technology. In October, 2016, the Initiative held its first symposium. The symposium brought together leading practitioners, scholars, and designers to discuss, among other things, the privacy and intellectual property issues raised by smart devices in fashion, anti-counterfeiting enforcement for fashion brands in the digital age, and the impact of 3-D printing on the future of fashion. Guests included counsel for Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Rebecca Minkoff, and more.
IP Lunch: Fashion Law Transactions with Alexandra Badalamenti ’16 of IMG, an Endeavor Company
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Board Room W204
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a discussion with Alexandra Badalamenti ’16, Attorney at IMG, an Endeavor company. Alexandra discussed her career path and responsibilities at IMG, including transactional work related to New York Fashion Week and IMG Models.
IP Lunch: Fashion Law with Ava Farshidi, Counsel, David Yurman
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Board Room W204
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a discussion with Ava Farshidi, Counsel at David Yurman. Ava discussed her career path and responsibilities at David Yurman, and also gave advice on determining whether her area of law is a good fit for rising fashion lawyers.
IP Lunch: IP and E-Commerce with Viviana Mura of Luxottica
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Room W220
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a presentation and discussion with Viviana Mura on intellectual property considerations for e-commerce in the fashion industry.
FASHION LAW SYMPOSIUM 2016
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Available CLE credits:
5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice
Friday, October 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2921
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School cordially invites you to attend our inaugural fashion law symposium: “Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law, and Technology” on Friday, October 21, 2016.
Leading practitioners, scholars, and designers will discuss, among other things, the privacy and intellectual property issues raised by smart devices in fashion, anti-counterfeiting enforcement for fashion brands in the digital age, and the impact of 3-D printing on the future of fashion. Guests will include counsel for Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Rebecca Minkoff, and more.
This symposium celebrates the launch of the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School, which sits at the dynamic point where law, fashion, and technology come together. The Initiative will train the next generation of fashion lawyers through coursework, research opportunities, conferences, externships, mentorship, and networking opportunities with leading fashion brands and designers. And it will bring lawyers, designers, and other stakeholders together to protect intellectual property and protect consumers from the safety and privacy risks associated with new fashion technologies.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction
Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, Professor of Law, New York Law School
Joseph M. Forgione, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Panel I – Fashion Brand Protection Initiatives and Anti-Counterfeiting in the Digital Age
This discussion will examine the problem of trademark infringement and counterfeiting as it exists in the fashion industry today. A panel of legal experts will introduce the different tools that are currently being used to protect fashion brands from both online and offline infringing activities.
Joseph C. Gioconda, Moderator, Attorney, Counselor at Law, and Founder, Gioconda Law Group PLLC
Melissa Berger, Intellectual Property Counsel, Coach
Neil B. Friedman, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Kristin Lia, Counsel/Director, Gap Inc.
James Donoian, Partner, McCarter & English LLP
Donna Ruggiero, Associate Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
(1.5 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Panel II – Wearable Tech: At the Crossroads of Intellectual Property and Privacy
This discussion will examine intellectual property and privacy issues in the field of wearable technology. A panel of legal experts and designers will explore the opportunities and challenges facing fashion brands as interactive technologies continue to integrate seamlessly into the lives of consumers.
Deborah McNamara, Moderator, Attorney, Designer, and Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law, New York Law School
Matthew D. Asbell, Partner, Ladas & Parry LLP
Craig Fleishman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, Rebecca Minkoff
Hassan Abbas Shakir, Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
(1.5 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Address
Ari E. Waldman, Introductory Remarks, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology, New York Law School
Jeanne C. Fromer, Professor of Law, Faculty Co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, New York University School of Law
(0.5 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Panel III – 3-D Printing: A New Frontier in Fashion Law
This discussion will address the increasing use of 3-D printing in fashion and its widespread legal implications on intellectual property law.
Elisabeth A. Schiffbauer, Moderator, Attorney and Graduate Law Fellow, Fashion Law Initiative, New York Law School
Gabi Asfour, Founder and Designer, threeASFOUR
Joseph M. Forgione, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
Joseph F. Murphy, Principal, Law Offices of Joseph F. Murphy
Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Fashion Law
(1 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Closing Keynote Address
Joseph M. Forgione, Introductory Remarks, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
Guillermo C. Jimenez, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School and New York University Stern School of Business
(0.5 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Reception and Networking
Michelle Imafidon accepted a legal internship at FILA North America (Fall 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji accepted a cybersecurity and data privacy externship with Luxottica (Fall 2017)
Michelle Imafidon completed a legal internship at FILA North America (Summer 2017)
Marlene Suarez-Bonet completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Summer 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji completed a summer associate position with Ladas & Parry (Summer 2017)
Emma McDonald completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Spring 2017)
Christina Salvia completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2017)
Nikita Bhargava completed an IP externship with Coach (Fall 2016)
Raelynn Leggio completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Fall 2016)
Anna Zabotina completed an IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Fall 2016)
Ronna Zarrouk completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Fall 2016)
Amanda Magrone completed a summer associate position with Morrison & Lee (Summer 2016)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2016)
Alexandra Rockoff completed a labor and employment externship with Burberry (Fall 2015)
Karyn Wilson completed a legal internship with Coach (Fall 2015)
Anna Zabotina completed a legal internship with Michael Kors (Fall 2015)
Perri Michael completed a legal internship with Louis Vuitton (Summer 2015)
Anna Zabotina completed a IP externship with Medenica Law (Summer 2015)
Matthew Bonds completed a legal internship with Stuart Weitzman (Spring 2015)
Matthew Bonds completed a legal internship with Coach (Fall 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with PVH (Fall 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Spring 2014)
Jeffrey Saavedra completed an IP externship with Estée Lauder (Summer 2014)
Perri Michael completed a IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2014)
Nicole Schwartz completed a IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Spring 2014)
Tracy Weinstein completed a legal externship with Luxottica (Spring 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an legal internship with The Model Alliance (Spring 2013 – Spring 2014)
Nicole Schwartz completed a legal internship with Milk Studios (Spring 2013 – Summer 2013)
Tommas Balducci completed a legal internship with Ladas & Parry (Fall 2012)
Tyler Davis completed a legal externship with Stuart Weitzman (Fall 2012)
Tyler Davis completed a summer associate position with the Gioconda Law Group (Summer 2012)
Kristin Grant completed a legal internship with Louis Vuitton (Summer 2012)
Aaron Riedel completed an IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013)
Tyler Davis completed a legal externship with Michael Kors (Summer 2011 – Fall 2011)