Seventh Annual Fashion Law Symposium, 3/25
"Top Issues Trending in Fashion Law this Season"
Friday, March 25
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Seventh Annual Fashion Law Symposium, on Friday, March 25, 2022. This event will bring together inside and outside counsel focusing on the key legal players in the fashion industry. This year’s event will include discussions on how in-house counsel at fashion companies interact with both business leaders and outside counsel to manage legal and compliance issues for some of the most successful businesses in the world.
Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society, this year’s symposium features experts and attorneys from notable companies, including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Duane Morris.
This symposium will take place virtually from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 Substantive and 1 Ethics Distance CLE credits. Please note registration prior to the event is required. Attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link to join the symposium on the day of the event.
*Subject to change
9:00–10:00 a.m.: Panel 1 – The Role of In-House Counsel in the Fashion Industry
This panel will focus on the role of in-house counsel in supporting a fashion company’s endeavors, while minimizing the risk of liability and navigating constantly evolving legal rights and obligations, including ethical issues, sustainability and supply chain issues.
Lacee Ecker, Senior Director & Associate General Counsel, American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Kelly Koyama-Garcia, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Louis Vuitton
Krista Ann McDonough, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Sustainability Officer, Capri Holdings Limited (Versace, Jimmy Choo & Michael Kors)
Sara Yood, Deputy General Counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee
Moderated by Tiffani McDonough Solomon ’03 CLAS, ’06 CWSL, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Panel 2 – Fashion Collaborations and Influencers
This panel will discuss the legal aspects of fashion collaborations between brands and celebrities, including the legal implications of brands partnering with influencers for advertising and collaborations.
Ava Farshidi, Director, Legal, Marc Jacobs
Kait Kelly, Associate, Corporate & Securities Group & Fashion, Luxury & Retail Group, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Lesley Matty, Senior Counsel, Tiffany & Co.
Maile Hitomi Solís, Partner & Co-Chair of Litigation Group, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Moderated by Sherry Jetter, Founder & Managing Partner, S. Jetter Law, Adjunct Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Adjunct Professor, St. John's University School of Law
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Panel 3 – New Era of Brand Protection
This panel will address the evolving landscape of brand protection as fashion companies branch into the digital world, including NFTs and the metaverse. This panel will also address legal issues surrounding upcycling and other trends in brand protection.
Christiane Schuman Campbell, Partner, Fashion/Retail/Consumer Branded Products Industry Group, Duane Morris, LLP
Jana Checa Chong, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Louis Vuitton
Sydney Kipen, Intellectual Property Counsel, Gucci
Moderated by Lee S. Sporn, Of Counsel, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Panel 4 – Navigating the Changing Workplace
This panel will focus on the changing landscape of employment law issues in the fashion industry, including COVID-19's implications on the workforce and the emphasis companies are placing on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Teleicia J.R. Dambreville, Director, Senior Counsel - Employment, Burlington Stores, Inc.
Peter Seltzer, Employment Counsel, Gucci
Tiffani McDonough Solomon ’03 CLAS, ’06 CWSL, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Kaitlyn Whiteside, Associate Vice President, Senior Labor & Employment Counsel, Saks Fifth Avenue
Moderated by MarySheila McDonald, John F. Scarpa Professor of Entrepreneurship, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law