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The Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, 2/1

Fashion Law


"Working Together: Understanding the Different Players in the Fashion Game"


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, which will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers, focusing on the key players in the fashion industry. This year’s event will include discussions on how founders and leaders of fashion companies interact with both inside and outside counsel to run some of the most successful businesses in the world.

Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society and the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium features fashion experts and attorneys in the industry, including Maryann Lawrence, Assistant General Counsel at Chanel; Tiffani McDonough Solomon ‘06, Senior Counsel at Louis Vuitton; Matthew Homyk '11, Associate at Blank Rome LLP; and Steven Crosby, Attorney at Feldman Law PC.

The symposium takes place on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1  p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits.




Schedule of Events


8:30-9:10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

9:15-9:20 a.m.: Introductory Remarks

9:20-10:05 a.m.: Founders and CEOs

Lisi Lerch, Owner and President, Lisi Lerch, Inc.
Gabriela Guaracao '09 VSB, Founder/CEO, Americae
Marguerite Adzick, Founder and CEO, Addison Bay

Moderated by Andrew Lund, Professor of Law and Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Reza Taleghani JD/MBA Program, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

10:05-10:50 a.m.: In-House Counsel

Tiffani McDonough Solomon '03 CLAS, '06 CWSL, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment and Litigation, Louis Vuitton
Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Practice and Director of FAME Law Center, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Maryann Lawrence, Associate General Counsel, Chanel, Inc.

Moderated by Lee Sporn, Of Counsel, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP; Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

11:05-11:55 a.m.: Outside Counsel: How do I protect my IP?

Danielle Garno, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Matthew Homyk '11, Associate, Blank Rome LLP and Adjunct Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Christiane Campbell, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Melissa Bernier, Principal and Managing Attorney, Bernier Legal, LLC

Moderated by Aliza Karetnick, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP


12-12:50 p.m.: An Analysis of U.S. Supreme Court Copyright Case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

Steven Crosby, Attorney, Feldman Law PC