Join Ballard Spahr's Fashion Law group in New York City for two lively panel discussions on IP issues and fashion financing. Attendance is free and you can receive CLE credits!

Date & TIme

Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Registration
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Program
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Refreshments/networking


6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Panel 1

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM "Protect Your Fashion IP"
The fashion industry moves at lightning speed. Can IP protection match the pace? Panelists from industry, academia, and the courtroom will share their views on how to make the best use of copyright, patent, and trademark to protect fashion design and strengthen a fashion brand.


  • Professor Charles Colman, New York University School of Law
  • Christine Hernandez, Assistant General Counsel, VF Corporation (Lee®; NORTH FACE®, WRANGLER®; ROCK AND REPUBLIC®; LUCY®)
  • Kimberly Warshawsky, Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • Moderator: Lynn E. Rzonca, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Panel 2

7:15 PM – 8:00 PM "Fashionably Funded"
The intersection of entrepreneurship, fashion, and business come together in this panel, which will discuss the funding and growth of a fashion business after the initial startup stage. This panel will focus on best practices in preparing your brand business for investment or sale, with particular emphasis on:

  • Due diligence - what do financial partners look for?
  • Sources/progression of financings:
    • Friends and family and angel investors
    • Crowdfunding
    • Venture capital, private equity
    • Sale or IPO


  • Seth Burroughs, Executive Vice President of Xcel Brands
  • Erik Seel, Co-founder and COO, FashInvest
  • Moderator: Karen McConnell, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Refreshments and Networking: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Langham Place Hotel
400 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10018

This program is approved for 1.5 PA, 1.5 NY, and 1.8 NJ CLE credits

.For more information, contact Lisa Cheresnowsky at