Joseph M. Forgione
Adjunct Professor of Law
Senior Fellow, Innovation Center for Law and Technology
Founding Director, Fashion Law Initiative
Joseph M. Forgione is an experienced intellectual property (IP) attorney at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, focused on IP litigation, brand enforcement, and transactional counseling in the luxury fashion, retail, and cosmetics industries. He also conducts business as a licensed private investigator in New York State. Professor Forgione has worked on IP-related matters with a number of well-known brands, including Burberry, Casio, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Lululemon, Michael Kors, Proraso, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sherri Hill, Stuart Weitzman, and Tiffany & Co. He has also worked on IP matters with companies like American Express and Technicolor. Prior to the firm, Professor Forgione worked on IP-related matters in the corporate legal department at Chanel, and he participated in legal internships at Kate Spade, 7 Jeans, and Time Inc. with Real Simple and Sports Illustrated magazines. His professional career in IP law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO. Professor Forgione was first exposed to the fashion industry while working as an intern in both the fashion and editorial departments at Esquire magazine and, briefly, as an intern in the fashion department at GQ magazine.
As a senior fellow at New York Law School (NYLS), Professor Forgione oversees the Fashion Law Initiative, the only full-service legal initiative in the United States focused on coursework, clinical and experiential learning, externship opportunities, and hands-on exposure to new technology in fashion. He is the founding director and advisory board chair of this program, and is responsible for developing academic events, workshops, and informational sessions designed to enrich NYLS students by exposing them to issues related to fashion law and technology. Professor Forgione also helps NYLS students explore careers and develop professional networks in the fashion industry, and he works with NYLS to strengthen its work with students interested in fashion and the legal profession. Professor Forgione serves as an adjunct law professor at NYLS, teaching several upper-level IP courses and acting as a faculty advisor to the New York Law School Law Review; he has been teaching at NYLS since 2012.
Professor Forgione's research and writings focus on truth, technology, and the law, with a special emphasis on Internet counterfeiting, online social networks, and IP in the fashion industry.