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

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.

Legal Impact Report

Variety | April 08, 2019

Variety magazine named Los Angeles Corporate Partner Ellie Altshuler to its 2019 Legal Impact “Up Next” list. The piece, which recognizes Ellie as one of only a handful of attorneys recognized for “cutting the deals shaping modern Hollywood,” highlights her work with digital influencers.

Alum Ellie Altshuler is Ahead of the Curve

November 05, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is featured in this Loyola Law School article on the path she took to becoming the go-to lawyer for YouTube content creators and social media influencers seeking to expand their brand.

Top 40 under 40

Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 24, 2018

Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Three steps to developing a successful legal niche

Forbes | May 23, 2018

Los Angeles intellectual property partner Staci Riordan is mentioned in this article about how to establish a personal niche in the legal industry.  Staci combined her legal skills with her love of fashion to become a successful fashion attorney.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 06, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

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