Retail & Apparel



M&R’s retail & apparel attorneys are well versed in the operations of and challenges facing companies in these sectors. We routinely handle their intellectual property, labor and employment, commercial real estate and trade agreement matters. To do so, our retail & apparel pros remain on top of the market trends and regulations having the greatest impact on client businesses.

Most often, we’re sought after by retailers, apparel and consumer product companies and manufacturers to resolve trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, contract, trade dress and trade secret claims. We also handle their licensing agreements and provide advice and counsel on branding strategy and enforcement, the legal aspects of distribution, trade regulations and franchising. In terms of domestic and foreign trademark clearance and prosecution and related IP concerns, we’re particularly adept at obtaining injunctive relief against counterfeiters, if and when necessary.

What makes our retail & apparel lawyers so effective is their ability to work seamlessly with the many entrepreneurs drawn to the industries. On their behalf, we furnish a full suite of services that includes entity formation and guidance in connection with financing, employee relations, regulatory compliance, insurance coverage and litigation support.

Areas of Expertise

Class Action Litigation
Corporate Transactions (including entity formation)
Employment Advice, Counsel & Litigation (including wage & hour, harassment and discrimination litigation)
Intellectual Property
Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement & Enforcement

Representative Matters

Represented senior management in the sale of a specialty apparel manufacturing company in two successive private equity-backed transactions, each involving the rollover of management equity.

Represented the owners of a specialty shoe manufacturer in their sale of the company.

Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of a major retail chain in a liability case against or client seeking $20 million in damages.

Resolved dual employment actions brought against major glass manufacturer and retailer.

Represented several of the top national retailers in wage and hour and sex/race/age/disability harassment and discrimination class actions as well as other workplace and EEOC investigations and employment litigation matters.

Represented a European consumer products manufacturer and distributor in the restructuring of the company’s international retail operations.

Successfully defended client by way of a winning motion for summary judgment in trade dress infringement lawsuit.

Prosecuted counterfeiting and trademark infringement actions for Italian jewelry designer.

Successfully represented numerous luxury goods and fashion apparel manufacturers in trademark infringement, gray market and counterfeiting disputes.

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