FBA's NYC Fashion Law Conference - Feb. 9

On February 9, 2018 the Federal Bar Association will host its 5th Annual Fashion Law Conference in New York City.  The conference includes an impressive lineup of attorneys and industry insiders who will discuss the advancement of fashion law in today's globalizing world.  Join us on February 9 at the Theresa Lang Center at The New School for this exciting conference.  CLE credit will be available and attendees will benefit from networking opportunities throughout the day.  Registrants will have access to an exclusive networking event honoring conference speakers the evening prior to the conference.  Get your CLEs in style during New York's Fashion Week!  Register here.


February 9, 2018 - 8:30am-5:00pm - 6 CLE

The New School, Theresa Lang Conference Center, Room 1202, 55 West 13th Street

Opening Remarks: 8:30am - Olivera Medenica, Medenica Law PLLC

Panel I - 9:00-10:00 am - The Future of Fashion: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Wearable Technology

Examine the latest fashion technology trends and products, and discuss the legal implications from a U.S. and E.U. perspective.

Speakers: Celine Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard; Olivera Medenica, Principal, Medenica Law PLLC; Kenya N. Wiley, Founder & CEO, Fashion Innovation Alliance.

Panel II - 10:15-11:15 am -Trump's NAFTA Renegotiation: Potential Changes and Impacts to Brands, Apparel, and Textiles

Explore the impact of the Trump administration's renegotiation of NAFTA on the fashion industry, and how counsel should advise clients in navigating this potential new landscape.

Speakers: Jean-Marc Clément, Partner, Clément Law Office Inc.; Frances P. Hadfield, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP; Fernando Holguin, Partner, EC Legal Rubio Villegas.

Panel III - 11:30-12:30 pm - Trademark Licensing: Latest Litigation and Best Practices

Examine the latest decisions in the United States and abroad relating to trademark licensing. Panelists will provide best practices in negotiating trademark licensing deals.

Speakers: Ashlee Froese, Principal, Froese Law; Viviana Mura, Luxottica Group S.p.A.; Maria Z. Vathis, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave.

Luncheon Keynote - 12:30-1:30 pm - Marie P. Anderson

Panel IV - 1:30-2:30 pm - Financial Crimes and Fashion

Examine the risk of economic sanctions and money laundering liability in the fashion industry as well as whistle blower litigation pursuant to the False Claims Act.

Speakers: Carlton Greene, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP; Mary Inman, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP; Sara Yood, Senior Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee.

Panel V - 2:45-3:45 pm - Tackling the Workforce : Best Practices from Industry Insiders

Examine the latest developments from an employment law perspective relevant to the fashion industry.  From sexual harassment scandals to preventive practices to avoid such pitfalls at work; the right way to engage independent contractors in a fashion-related workplace; and, achieving innovation through a successful diversity program, our diverse pool of experienced panelists will address best practices and key guidance on trending issues.

Speakers: Katherine Gonzalez, Capital Member, Ferraiuoli LLC; Sweet Joy Hachuela, Principal, The Medici Group LLC; Kevin Kahn, Associate Counsel, IMG New York; Sara Ziff, Founder and Executive Director, The Model Alliance.

Panel VI - 4:00-5:00 pm - Bankruptcy: Purchasing Distressed Assets in the Fashion Industry

Learn the ins and outs of purchasing distressed assets in the fashion industry.  Panelists will cover best practices and due diligence considerations.

Speakers: Ira R. Abel, Principal, Law Office of Ira Abel; Jill B. Bienstock, Member, Cole Schotz P.C.; Wayne Greenwald, Wayne Greenwald P.C.; Andrew J. Tumilowicz, Principal, Heritage Venue Advisors.