Fashion

Fashion



We combine unusual knowledge as apparel business industry insiders with deep understanding of the law to help clients seize opportunities as they grow and market their brands.

Our Approach

Fashion companies build successful brands by developing a fabulous product line that appeals to a loyal customer base. Given today’s busy, mobile consumers, capturing the value inherent in creations requires innovative approaches to structuring, building, promoting and protecting your company.

From the runways to the “buy now” button, we have experience with the array of challenges and opportunities our fashion clients face. Employees are hired, intellectual property protected, deals done, real estate leased and product shipped. We help make fashion businesses successful because we  offer uncommon perspective as attorneys with deep experience in the business of fashion as well as the law.

We offer the full range of resources one would expect from a major corporate law firm to assist with employee issues, disputes, contractual arrangements, real estate, trade, and intellectual property. Our fashion industry lawyers are focused on helping clients maximize the potential of their fashion assets.

We work with

  • Retailers
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Importers
  • Entertainers
  • Licensees and licensors
  • Distributors

Justices struggle with cheerleader uniform case that holds big implications for fashion

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.

Feud in fashion

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.

Forget Khakis: Law Firms Take Casual to the Next Level

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.

Attorney Pours It On

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 11, 2016

Los Angeles associate Ellie Altshuler is featured in this spotlight highlighting her work with entertainment and fashion clients.

Loyola Event Tackles the Legal Risks of Social Media, Technology and Advertising

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.

Grid110 - How a Group of Diverse Entrepreneurs are Shaping the Tech Ecosystem in Downtown LA

Huffington Post | April 19, 2016

Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article about Grid110, a start-up fashion tech organization with which Nixon Peabody is very involved.

4 Ways Fashion Brands Trip On The Oscars Red Carpet

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.

Can Discount Prices Get Retailers Into Trouble?

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.

Sneaker Wars: Converse vs. New Balance

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 with Staci Riordan

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.

RevoLaze Drops Lawsuit Against Hennes & Mauritz

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.

Fashion Week gets down to business with show, expert

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.

Brand Building With a Legal Foundation at Loyola's Summer Fashion Law Program

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.

Study Break: Learn fashion law with Loyola Law School

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.

At Loyola L.A., a Fashion-Conscious Clinic

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.

Adam Fleischman-Hosted Food TV Show in Works with Jesse Collins Producing

Deadline | April 13, 2015

Nixon Peabody is noted as counsel for Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman in his deal with Jesse Collins Entertainment to launch a food-centric TV series, Midnight Cook Club.

The Changing Landscape: Looking Forward Through a New Lens

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.

Top IP Firms Hired To Fight Converse TM Blitz

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.

2014 Newsmakers: Staci Riordan and The Fashion Law Project

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.

Novelty Textile Wins Major Case Over Fabric Design Copyright

California Apparel News | November 26, 2014

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan provides commentary in this article on fashion copyright infringement.

Nixon Peabody Nabs Fox Rothschild's Fashion Law Head

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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