Legal professionals and leading industry representatives will explore diverse, cutting-edge topics at the Fashion Law Conference in New York City on February 8, 2019. The Federal Bar Association (FBA) presents a high-energy, pragmatic conference focused on the advancement of fashion law in today’s globalizing world. CLE credit will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to network throughout the event. Mingle with experts in the field, industry reps and fellow attorneys you’ve connected with throughout the conference at a reception on the evening of February 8. Please register today at www.fedbar.org/fashionlaw19.

Olivera Medenica is a member of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP’s intellectual property (IP), advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas with almost two decades of experience advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters.

Ms. Medenica, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, will serve as a moderator and speaker on several panels at the upcoming Fashion Law Conference. Ms. Medenica founded and co-chairs/co-organizes the annual FBA Fashion Law Conference that runs every year in New York City and Paris. Ms. Medenica shares her thoughts in the Q&A below on the compelling and distinctive attributes of the FBA Fashion Law Conference.

Q: Tell us about your involvement with the FBA Fashion Law Conference.

A: I started the Fashion Law Conference several years ago and it seemed to me that there were no conferences like the one we had envisioned. Fashion law spans so many areas of law beyond IP. It occured to me that there should be a day-long conference that addresses more interests and hot topics related to the fashion industry, such as real estate, commercial litigation, tech, immigration and international law.

When the concept for a more inclusive and expansive fashion law conference took shape nearly six years ago, I recruited speakers and we formed an organizing committee. The FBA Fashion Law Conference is a unique place to gather to get the latest information on what’s going on and come back year after year to share insight and wisdom.

Q: What makes the FBA Fashion Law Conference unique?

A: The FBA Fashion Law Conference is very pragmatic. The issues being discussed like immigration, real estate and technology will be addressed by people who are actually practicing in those industries. The FBA Fashion Law Conference is hands-on and not theoretical.

Q: What can attendees look forward to during the 2019 Fashion Law Conference in New York City?

A: We’ve assembled incredible speakers and many of them are in-house counsel. The panelists work at companies that deal with legal issues related to fashion law every day. We are thrilled to have as our Luncheon Keynote speaker Gary Sheinbaum, Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger Americas. He’s going to be talking about Tommy Adaptive, which is an innovative disability-friendly clothing line. The adaptive clothing line brings fashion and function together to offer clothes that adapt to the wearer. We also have speakers from GE Digital, Bayer, Urban Outfitters Inc. and more. This is an all-star cast and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of these distinguished panelists.

Q: What do you hope attendees take away from this year’s conference?

A: I want people to walk away with very specific, pragmatic pointers that they can use the next time they have to deal with an issue. After attending the Fashion Law Conference on February 8, 2019, they will have a new way of analyzing issues. They will also have a series of cases from the conference that they can use in the future.

Q: Any common misconceptions that you’d like to clear up about the field of fashion law?

A: There is no new body of law that developed as a result of fashion law but it is a set of skills that you can apply to an industry. The FBA Fashion Law Conference is not just geared toward attorneys. For example, it would be hugely beneficial for executives to attend this conference. Many of the topics we discuss address how a product is manufactured and how it gets into a consumer’s hands. Additionally, the idea that the Fashion Law Conference is just a legal discussion is misguided. Non-attorneys can attend this conference and really benefit from its speakers. You don’t have to be a lawyer to come to this conference and apply the skills you learn here in order to make a real impact in your business.

On February 8, 2019, hear more from Olivera Medenica and others as they discuss the evolving area of fashion law. Sign up today at www.fedbar.org/fashionlaw19.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.