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Cutting A New Legal Field in Fashion Law

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Fashion law attorney Danielle Garno, right, chats about swimwear with her client Bianca Coletti, a designer.

Tired of doing debt deals, real estate financing or bankruptcy notifications?

Then try fashion law.

Take an example from our friends at the Miami Herald who have written about Traurig shareholder Danielle Garno who is using the growing fasion sector in Miami to grow a ‘fashion practice’.

Garno is specializing in industry issues such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), trademark infringement, anti-counterfeiting, employment and general business litigation.

“Miami’s becoming more of a fashion city. It’s emerging. In the Design District, luxury brands have really taken root here,” Garno told the Herald.

Garno began her legal career working in the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2005 where her employment litigation work morphed into fashion litigation that included anti-counterfeiting, trademark infringement and intellectual property. Besides fashion, she currently does general and white-collar litigation.

“You want to make sure you’re protected. You want to control how your line is put out there,” Garno said. “Fashion is an industry with a lot of gifts, a lot of freebies that are being given. You need to make sure that’s not being a bribe.”

One client of Garno’s is swimwear designer Bianca Coletti, known for European-inspired designs with fabrics from China, India and Vietnam.

Garno earned a Fashion Law Institute “Fashion Law Bootcamp” certificate from New York’s Fordham Law School. She’s also active in the Institute’s 80-member Fashion Group International Inc.’s South Florida chapter that includes Naples.

The development of new law practice areas is a growing phenomenon, particularly in areas of high growth like Miami where large firms are merging or consolidating and boutique practices or areas of practice are developing.

Source: Miami Herald

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