Newark firm Genova Burns LLC launched a fashion law group, led by Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn and Maria Fruci, who is of counsel.
The fashion law group will work with clients to address issues including labor and employment, intellectual property, licensing, franchising, copyright law, retail leasing and real estate, counterfeit litigation, transportation and general counsel services. The group will also guide fashion clients in navigating the logistical challenges of import/export, as well as other areas of business transactional law.
“According to industry studies, fashion means big business, employing 180,000 people in our region alone and generating $10.9 billion in total wages,” said Einhorn in a statement. “With a growing industry that is constantly challenging and reinventing itself, the need for competent, qualified, and experienced legal counsel is increasing every day. For Genova Burns, establishing a law practice that focuses on fashion law makes sense for us as a major legal player in the region.”
At the firm, Fruci is on the commercial litigation, class action defense, intellectual property, and mediation and alternative dispute resolution practice groups. She also serves as outside general counsel for multiple businesses, including a start-up fashion house.
Einhorn is the first female attorney to serve as an executive committee member in Genova Burns’ 30-year history and the first to chair a practice group at the firm. She currently chairs the complex commercial litigation and intellectual property practice groups.
“At Genova Burns, we realize the importance of industry-specific focus groups and promoting innovation in the way we practice law,” said Managing Partner, Co-founder and Chairman Angelo Genova in a statement. “The new Fashion Law Group draws on our deep experience in many areas of law that are interconnected with and important to this growing industry. We are also confident that Kathleen and Maria can guide our firm into this unique specialty market while we maintain our commitment to serving the needs of our clients.”
There are an estimated 900 fashion companies headquartered in the New York metro region.
“The region needs a capable law firm that can hit the ground running with corporations that intersect this robust market,” Fruci said in a statement.