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

Sony Music ends copyright fight with Gymshark over social media posts

Reuters Legal | January 26, 2022

This article, on Sony Music agreeing to drop a copyright lawsuit against fitness apparel company Gymshark for its alleged misuse of songs in social media ads, mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner and Fashion practice leader Staci Jennifer Trager for representing Gymshark. Los Angeles Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson also worked on the case.

Justices eye tossing H&M copyright case for question swap

Law360 | November 08, 2021

This article covers Monday’s argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of client H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP in a five-year-long copyright dispute between the fashion retailer and textile manufacturer Unicolors, Inc. The outcome could have a significant and lasting impact on copyright holders as well as alleged infringers by determining what consequences a registrant faces when it fails to provide accurate information on its copyright application. The article mentions Intellectual Property partner and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian, and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office, for representing H&M.

A quiet US Supreme Court term ahead for IP—with one potential explosion

The National Law Journal | September 29, 2021

This article covering high-profile IP cases in the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming term includes a case involving client H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. The NP team representing H&M includes Intellectual Property partner and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian, and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

H&M sweater spat heads to High Court

Courthouse News Service | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

SCOTUS to review H&M's 9th Circuit win in copyright dispute

Reuters | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’ s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

High Court to consider intent bar in H&M copyright escape

Bloomberg Law | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

Supreme Court agrees to hear H&M copyright case

Law360 | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

Why so many fashion professionals are starting side hustles

Business of Fashion | March 30, 2021

In this article on the rise of fashion professionals pursuing side entrepreneurial ventures, Fashion practice leader and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan is quoted on the benefits of employees being transparent about their activities and the need to disclose a side project due to potential contract issues and general goodwill with employers.

Joe Biden Promises New Day in America

Women’s Wear Daily | January 20, 2021

This article, exploring parts of President Biden’s agenda that will closely affect retail and fashion, quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, leader of the firm’s Fashion practice, on how the various components of retail are interconnected and how mass vaccinations will help spur these areas of the economy.

$900 Billion Stimulus Throws a Rope, but Retail Needs More

Women’s Wear Daily | January 06, 2021

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, leader of the firm’s Fashion practice, is quoted in this article on how the new stimulus legislation, as well as changes in Congress, could impact retailers.

How fashion companies can reduce litigation risks and strengthen compliance

New York Law Journal | July 22, 2020

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan co-authored this article on developing robust compliance programs for fashion companies, especially as COVID-19 has created disruptions in supply chain management.

Retailers Facing Store Damage May Look to Insurance

WWD | June 01, 2020

This article, which examines commercial insurance policy considerations for retail storefronts, quotes Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, based in Los Angeles.

IN BRIEF: Unicolors' copyright win against H&M unravels in 9th Circuit

Reuters Legal | June 01, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

9th Circ. Says Suit Against H&M Hinges On Copyright Validity

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article mentions Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles, for representing H&M in a dispute involving allegations of fabric design copyright infringement. The NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District to reverse the trial court’s decision.

H&M Gets Another Shot at Challenging Validity of Pattern Copyright

The Recorder | May 29, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

H&M Gets Fabric Design Copyright Infringement Verdict Overturned

Bloomberg Law | May 29, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

As COVID Imperils Deals, M&A Contracts May Include More Backstops

Women’s Wear Daily | April 23, 2020

This article about the how the coronavirus era has impacted the future of dealmaking in the fashion industry quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan.

Service Providers - Fashion and Retails Lawyers

Women’s Wear Daily | March 25, 2020

This article about the types of matters and questions that fashion and retail attorneys are handling for their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan.

Tekashi 6ix9ine hit with $2M suit alleging vanished advance

Law360 | March 18, 2020

This article mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes associate Ryan Duckett for their representation of Fashion Nova in a breach-of-contract claim against incarcerated rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Women execs warm to men’s watches

Los Angeles Business Journal | November 15, 2019

This story on the emerging trend of women professionals wearing watches historically marketed to men quotes Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler (Altshuler), who talks about timepieces as a symbol of success in corporate environments.

At your service: The helping hands in fashion

Women’s Wear Daily | August 23, 2019

Women’s Wear Daily, a leading publication covering the fashion industry, has named Nixon Peabody one of the top law firms for fashion clients. This story quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, who leads NP’s fashion practice.

B. Riley, Twin Lakes revive Sergio Tacchini

The Deal | July 10, 2019

This story mentions Nixon Peabody as advisor to Twin Lakes Capital LCC and B. Riley Financial Inc. in their acquisition of the fashion label Sergio Tacchini SpA.

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