Staci Riordan works with designers, manufacturers, retailers and entertainers, providing strategic, business and legal advice so they can achieve their goals. A pioneer in fashion law, Staci handles both transactional and litigation matters for companies of all sizes—from startups to publically traded multi-national companies. She is a partner in our Intellectual Property Counseling & Transactions practice and heads our Fashion Law team.
I grew up in the fashion industry, was an executive at an apparel company and taught at a leading fashion industry institute—all prior to attending law school. My lifetime of experience in fashion is a potent tool for my clients. This experience has not only helped me succeed, but it assists my clients’ businesses thrive in a challenging, competitive and crowded market.
I help fashion brands adapt, innovate and stay ahead of their competition. I regularly counsel clients on the creation, use and exploitation of creative content while developing strategic growth plans aimed at brand cultivation. I understand the importance of building and sustaining a brand in the fashion industry and, as such, formulate business opportunities that enable my clients to define, manage and expand their brands via traditional media such as television, film and celebrity endorsement.
I work with entertainment clients to help envision, build and execute their goals. I regularly negotiate unscripted and scripted television, motion picture, writer, music and digital content agreements, but don’t stop there. What makes me different is my ability to help my clients find ways to engage their audiences by developing the right brand extensions, using my experience and background to help them avoid costly pitfalls, and guide brands as they expand and “cross-over” from not only one entertainment area to another, but help them reach new industry areas such as fashion, digital, consumer products and beverage.
You will often find me in a boardroom (or a client’s dining room), in my role as a true trusted advisor. I work with a wide variety of companies, such as well-known household names, like the Harlem Globetrotters, to up and coming companies like Houghton. I assist these clients with strategies for conceiving, structuring and growing their businesses, negotiating the various business agreements needed to operate, grow and succeed, and managing disputes that arise.
In spring 2012, I was invited to teach the first Fashion Law course on the West Coast at my alma mater, Loyola Law School. The program was so successful that in January 2014, Loyola launched the Fashion Law Project, which is an academic center housed at Loyola, that provides a business and legal curriculum for designers, apparel industry executives and lawyers. I am an adjunct professor, teaching Fashion Law and running the Fashion Law Clinic. Further, as the Fashion Law Project’s Executive Director, I oversee the annual Fashion Law Symposium and Fashion Law Summer Intensive.
The democratization of fashion will continue. Customers are beginning to feel the impact of the removal of the traditional gatekeepers on the way they not only purchase products but on the way they interact with the brands that create them. The online and brick and mortar experience will become seamless as technology will continue to play a large role in allowing the customer to decide when and where to consume products.
Prior to joining the firm, I was the chair of the Fashion Law Practice Group at two other national law firms. I was exposed to the combination of legal and business affairs as the first law clerk at fashion lifestyle brand, Guess?, Inc. I honed my researching and writing skills as an extern for California Appellate Court Justice Fred Woods. Prior to law school, I was the COO of a multi-million dollar garment manufacturing company, overseas purchasing and production coordinator for a textile importer and converter, and taught in the entrepreneurship department of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
Los Angeles Business Journal | April 24, 2017
The Los Angeles Business Journal named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers.
Law360 | March 22, 2017
Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 6-2 decision regarding copyright law and decorative elements on cheerleading uniforms.
Fashion Consciousness Magazine | February 10, 2017
Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is featured in this story that focuses on her work in fashion law.
Forbes | October 31, 2016
This story discusses a Supreme Court case about whether design elements on a cheerleader uniform can have intellectual property protection. Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan talks about the potential impact of this case on the fashion industry.
Los Angeles Business Journal | October 28, 2016
Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about SCOTUS case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brand, which could have major implications for the Los Angeles region’s fashion industry.
KPCC-FM (NPR Los Angeles affiliate) | August 10, 2016
Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about controversies surrounding corporate sponsorships at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Law360 | July 13, 2016
Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article that discusses how lawyers are embracing trendier business-casual wear as the new workday dress code.
California Apparel News | April 21, 2016
Los Angeles partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about a panel discussion that she moderated at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on the topic of legal ramifications of the continuous evolution of technology on the fashion industry.
Law360 | February 25, 2016
Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this story about the four biggest legal landmines for fashion brands to avoid when celebrities wear their designs on the Oscars red carpet this Sunday.
Apparel News | January 21, 2016
Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan provides third-party commentary in this piece about an increasing number of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.
Reuters | December 23, 2015
Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this feature article for our representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of The Notorious BIG. Our team—led by partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty—won a dismissal of copyright infringement claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman were part of the legal team. Click here to read the full article.
Law360 | December 22, 2015
Partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty and associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman are mentioned in this article for their representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of Notorious BIG in a case focused on alleged copyright claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Staci provides commentary. Click here to read the full article.
Boston Magazine | December 01, 2015
Los Angeles partner and leader of our Fashion practice Staci Riordan is included in this feature story on how the footwear industry is dealing with intellectual property lawsuits.
Your Working Life | December 01, 2015
Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion industry team Staci Riordan is profiled in this podcast. Your Working Life is a series that features thought-leaders and influencers in the career and personal growth arena. Staci talks about her passion for fashion and getting into fashion law.
California Apparel News | October 08, 2015
Los Angeles partner and leader of our fashion practice Staci Riordan is quoted in this article discussing a dropped legal action against her client, fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). Staci is quoted in the piece expressing H&M’s confidence that the retailer would have won the lawsuit as it did not infringe on RevoLaze’s laser technology used to distress jeans.
Fortune | October 07, 2015
Partner and leader of the firm’s fashion team Staci Riordan provides commentary in this feature story discussing how the fashion industry—especially textile companies—are dealing with copyright infringement lawsuits.
Democrat & Chronicle | September 29, 2015
Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion team Staci Riordan is featured in this column on the legal side of the fashion industry.
California Apparel News | July 30, 2015
Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion practice Staci Jennifer Riordan is included in this article about Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive. Staci is the executive director of the Fashion Law Project at Loyola and teaches not only fashion entrepreneurs and executives, but also attorneys who represent fashion-industry clients as well as current law students.
FashInvest | July 24, 2015
This coverage highlights Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive program focused on what companies need to do in order to develop a brand narrative and all the legal elements necessary to carry that story forward. The program is part of The Fashion Law Project whose executive director is Los Angeles partner and leader of the fashion law practice Staci Riordan. In addition to Staci, Ellie Altshuler and Julian Petty are on the faculty as well.
National Law Journal | May 18, 2015
The Fashion Law Clinic at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is the center of this feature story. The article highlights this first-of-its-kind clinic and notes Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s fashion practice Staci Riordan as the creator. Staci and students who have gone through the clinic are quoted throughout the piece.
Loyola Lawyer | January 01, 2015
Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan, leader of the firm’s Fashion practice, is profiled among other attorneys carving out busy practices in new areas of the law.
Law360 | December 23, 2014
Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan is noted among the “veritable who's who of elite intellectual property” attorneys and firms representing dozens of major companies for allegedly copying Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor.
California Apparel News | December 11, 2014
Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan is featured as a “2014 Newsmaker” in this article on The Fashion Law Project, a collection of classes dealing with the peculiarities of the fashion business that Loyola Law School now offers.
California Apparel News | November 26, 2014
Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan provides commentary in this article on fashion copyright infringement.
Law360 | October 07, 2014
This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partners Staci Jennifer Riordan and Julian Petty. The coverage notes that Staci Jennifer will lead our fashion law team after having spearheaded Fox’s group and Julian will focus his practice on providing strategic career and business guidance to clients in the music, TV, film, new media and book publishing industries.
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Loyola Law School, J.D.
Emory University, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Staci was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey. She was also named to the Recorder’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track.”