Fashion, Retail, Luxury and Consumer Goods
In the rapidly changing fashion, retail, luxury and consumer goods industries, leading companies seek responsive attorneys who understand their business dynamics from every angle. Duane Morris attorneys, through their specific knowledge and broad experience, skillfully guide clients through the complexities of their entire life cycle, from startup, to litigation, to IP protection and beyond.
With all the benefits of a full-service global firm, Duane Morris represents major retail chains and multinational brands in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America. The firm also represents regional brands, family owned companies, designers, fashion houses, art dealers, manufacturers, distributors and importers, and investors, including banks and equity funds in the fashion, retails, luxury and consumer goods industries.
Duane Morris attorneys handle legal matters from a company's formation to introducing products or launching its operations, to protecting its established brand. We are experienced with fundraising for startups and financial transactions of all kinds in this industry, including capital markets and finance work, as well as those involving restructuring/bankruptcy proceedings. We regularly provide counsel on all commercial transactions including distribution agreements, joint venture arrangements and licensing issues. We develop programs for our clients' protection of their intellectual property assets, including trademark and copyright and IP filings and litigation, as well as representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes that arise in this industry.
The firm represents clients in real estate (leasing and acquisitions), labor and employment and loss prevention, and has advised on significant issues that include the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and compliance matters.
Duane Morris clients operate in all aspects of the fashion, apparel, luxury and consumer goods market, from apparel, including high-end and major brands; to luxury watches, jewelry, fragrance, hair care and cosmetics; to sports apparel and athletic shoes; to fine china and artwork.
"When it comes to protecting our brand at Brera Orologi, I rely on a legal team that understands our company and the sophisticated design elements that go into our unique luxury watches. Our lawyers at Duane Morris know our company from the inside out: from our beginnings in Northern Italy and the cultural influences that heritage brings, to our aesthetic, to our passion for creating precise, bold and classic state-of-the-art watches. Our company is born from, and influenced by, craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail—the same attributes a great lawyer needs to craft, manage and protect the trademarks that form our portfolio. Duane Morris has been there from the beginning. Our attorneys helped us build our portfolio from the ground up, and have obtained trademarks for us in Brazil, Mexico and China, as well as domestically. Working with Duane Morris has been a fantastic experience." – Tina Pasi, Creative Director, Brera Orologi