2017 Fashion Law Seminar

Starr Foundation Hall, UL102
University Center, The New School
63 5th Avenue, New York NY 10003

Continuing to build on its past success, this year's conference features another impressive lineup of attorneys and judges who will discuss the advancement of fashion law in today's globalizing world. Join legal professionals and industry representatives on Friday, February 10 in New York City for this exciting conference featuring the following panels and multiple networking opportunities!

You can also visit the FBA blog for engaging topic discussions and more information on expected panels such as “Retail Strategies: Special Issues for Retailers, Including Class Actions” which will cover the latest legal and business aspects of retailing from in-house and outside counsel perspectives and "Earning Followers: Influence Marketing, False Advertising and the Federal Trade Commission" which will examine social media's impact on fashion law.

Three Ways to Register:
1) Register Online
2) Print the registration form and fax to 571-481-9090
3) Print the registration form and mail to Federal Bar Association, Attn: 2017 Fashion Law Conference, PO Box 79395, Baltimore, MD 21279 

 Early Bird
(on or before 1/20/17)

(after 1/20/17)

FBA Sustaining Member  



FBA Member









Law Student



Observation Only




8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Olivera Medenica, Medenica Law PLLC
  • Including Written Remarks from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) 
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Panel I – Litigating a Brand: The Dual Perspective of In-House and Outside Counsel
Panelists will highlight the latest trademark cases that impact fashion brands, both from a federal courts perspective and from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  Panelists will provide insight into litigation strategies and management of outside counsel by a brand’s in house counsel. 

  • Moderator: Olivera Medenica, Medenica Law PLLC
  • Ronald D. Coleman, Partner, Archer P.C.
  • Rita Odin, Vice President and Senior Trademark Counsel, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
  • John L. Welch, Counsel, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
10:15-11:15 a.m.

Panel II – Game Changer:  The Marriage of Wearable Technology and the Fashion Industry
This panel will provide an in-depth discussion of unique legal issues pertaining to wearable technology, from privacy considerations to global trade compliance. 

  • Moderator: Maria Z. Vathis, Bryan Cave LLP
  • Louise Bohmann, Global Trade Compliance Manager – Retail, Google
  • Adam Kardash, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Mason Weisz, Counsel, Zwillgen PLLC
  • Barbara Sondag, Senior Vice President, Head of Privacy, Westfield Corp
  • Kenya N. Wiley, Founder and CEO, Fashion Innovative Alliance
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel III – Earning Followers: Influence Marketing, False Advertising and the Federal Trade Commission
Panelists will discuss the latest issues impacting social media marketing, influencers and other related uses of social media, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.  Get insight into the latest Federal Trade Commission cases and best practices adopted within the industry.

  • Moderator: Olivera Medenica, Medenica Law PLLC
  • Laura Brett, Assistant Director, National Advertising Division, Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Vejay G. Lalla, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP
  • Ann Schofield Baker, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote

  • Professor Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Practice and Co-Director, Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment (FAME) Law Center, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Panel IV - Retail Strategies: Special Issues for Retailers, Including Class Actions
Learn about the latest issues affecting retailers, from omni-channel marketing trends to the latest class action issues.  Panelists will cover the legal and business aspect of retailing, and will include in-house and outside counsel perspectives. 

  • Moderator: Katherine Gonzalez-Valentin, Ferraiuoli LLC
  • Anthony V. Lupo, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Steven R. Sedberry, Vice President and General Counsel, VF Corporation 
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Panel V - Corporate Responsibility: Child Labor and Sustainability
Overview of international treaties and U.S. laws affecting child labor and sustainability issues.  Panelists will explore best practices and due diligence considerations.

  • Moderator: Frances Hadfield, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Alice A. Kipel, Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Preetha Chakrabarti, Associate, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Joost Kooijmans, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Panel VI - Working in Fashion: Employment Law Issues Affecting the Fashion Industry
Gain insight into recent developments and best employment practices when representing a fashion company, from retailers to fashion brands.  Panelists will review the latest wage & hour legal considerations such as the new rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding white-collar exemptions, discrimination cases and guidance (including religious, national origin, transgender) and business policies and practices.  

  • Moderator: Katherine Gonzalez-Valentin, Ferraiuoli LLC
  • Mitchell Borger, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.
  • William F. Dahill, Partner, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
  • Philip B. Rosen, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ferraiuoli LLC

Crowell & Moring LLP

Intellectual Property Section

Medenica Law PLLC

Southern District of New York Chapter

Contact Heather Gaskins if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.
February 10, 2017
University Center, The New School
63 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

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