2019 Fashion Law Conference

Fashion is a $300 billion industry in the United States—even more on a global scale. Join the Federal Bar Association for a high-energy conference focused on the advancement of fashion law in today’s globalizing world. This year, legal professionals and leading industry representatives will explore diverse, cutting-edge topics such as fashion-tech, innovation and wearable technology; the Trump administration’s Trade War with China; legal issues pertaining to mass market retailers; the impact of Immigration policies on the fashion industry; and many more. CLE credit will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the event.

Although the arena of fashion has broadened in scope, our lens of focus remains sharper than ever.

There are three ways to register for this national event:
1) Register Online
2) Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 for processing
3) Mail PDF Registration Form to the following address for processing
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2019 Fashion Law Conference
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

One Day Registration Fees

   Early Bird
(Before 2/7)
 Sustaining Member   $250  $295
 Member  $260  $310
 Nonmember  $335  $385


 Student/Observation Only


Two Day Registration Fees (Includes the Art Law & Litigation Conference on 2/7)

   Early Bird
(Before 2/7)
 Sustaining Member   $455  $550
 Member  $480  $580
 Nonmember  $630  $730


 Student/Observation Only


Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, January 18, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Laura Mulhern at
lmulhern@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests.

8:30-9:00 a.m. 

Opening Remarks
Maria Z.Vathis, FBA President

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Panel I – Trade Wars with China:  Analysis of Outcome
This panel will include attorneys and trade representatives discussing the recent and ongoing trade war with China and the expected impact upon the fashion industry. Panelists will break down how trade wars work, and what are the expected and benefits and drawback upon the United States.  Panelists will discuss how U.S. and foreign companies should prepare for the impact that such a trade war will have upon the import and export of goods in the U.S.

• Frances P. Hadfield, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP (Moderator)
• Deanna Clark-Esposito, Managing Attorney, Clark-Esposito Law Firm, P.C.
Michael Khorsandi, Senior Director, Trade and Regulatory Counsel, Ross Stores, Inc.
• David Stepp, Partner, Crowell & Moring

10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Panel II – Intellectual Property and Beyond: Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion Industry?
This panel will examine traditional intellectual property, or design, rights in the United States and abroad, and will examine the latest cases dealing with brand owners seeking to apply traditional IP rights to non-traditional elements of a design.  The panel will examine whether recent cases indicate a willingness for courts to expand upon such rights vis-à-vis the fashion industry.

• Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP (Moderator)
• Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP
• Laurine Janin-Reynaud, Of Counsel, Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés
• Rita Odin, Vice President and Senior Trademark Counsel, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel III – Fashion Tech and Wearable Technology:  What Next?
This panel will examine how fashion tech affects the fashion industry, from supply chain management, to counterfeit products, and contract management.  Panelists will include legal counsel and startups discussing various aspects of fashion tech, problems in supply chain management, and the role of legal counsel in navigating the regulatory hurdles.

• Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Moderator)
• Filip Bajovic, CEO, Cacotec    
• Bert G. Kaminski, Chief Commercial Counsel, GE Digital
• Stacy Yeung, Senior Counsel, Consumer Health Division, Bayer

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Luncheon Keynote
• Gary Sheinbaum, Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger Americas

1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Panel IV – Legal Roundup for Retailers:  What You Need to Know
This panel will provide a broad brush discussion of the latest issues impacting retailers, from class action lawsuits, to data breach and counterfeit products.  This panel will include class action, privacy and IP attorneys discussing some of the most salient issues affecting retailers.

• Maria Z. Vathis, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave (Moderator)
• Lorenzo Marcelli-Flori, Assistant General Counsel North America, Real Estate and Business Services, Luxottica
• Lèna Saltos, Associate General Counsel, Global Director of Intellectual Property, Urban Outfitters Inc.

2:45-3:45 p.m.

 Panel V –  Trump Administration Immigration Policies and the Fashion Industry
This panel will include attorneys and industry insiders discussing the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policies on the fashion industry.  Specifically, panelists will address the mechanics of bringing foreign talent to the U.S.  and how recent immigration policies, such as the rescission of DACA, the temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B visas, and the “travel ban”, have impacted the fashion industry.

• Marilee Holmes, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, Wilhelmina
• Nicola Tegoni; Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
• Hon. Mimi Tsankov, Officer, National Association of Immigration Judges (appearing in a personal capacity)

4:00-5:00 p.m. 

Panel VI – Design Patents:  A Discussion in Diversity
This panel will explore whether certain aspects of the PTO’s eligibility rules are unnecessary when applied to design patents where prosecution of such patents does not require a technical background and the rules have a disparate impact on the number of women who can prosecute them.

• Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Moderator)
• Christopher J. Buccafusco, Professor of Law, Director, Intellectual Property & Information Law Program, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Cardozo School of Law
• Jeanne Curtis, Professor of Law, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of the Cardozo-Google Program for Patent Diversity, Cardozo School of Law

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

Champagne Reception
Mingle with experts in the field, industry reps, and fellow attorneys you've connected with throughout the event

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Laura Mulhern, Meeting Planner.

February 8, 2019
New York, NY

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