Deborah McNamara, Esq. represents startup and established businesses, with an emphasis on intellectual property assets and concerns, branding and related business contracts. She has extensive litigation and transactional expertise. Her clients have included jewelry, shoe, accessories, design (interior/exterior), fashion, fabric, photography, floral, furniture, health/wellness, automotive, food/beverage, hospitality, tech, publishing and entertainment companies, as well as museums, art collections and recording artists.
After earning her J.D. degree, cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, she practiced intellectual property law in New York at Shearman & Sterling where she advised on corporate concerns involving intellectual property licensing, enforcement issues and protection strategy; managed transactional due diligence; registered, protected and enforced copyrights and trademarks; and maintained and monitored trademark and domain portfolios. Deborah then practiced law at Thelen Reid & Priest where she litigated intellectual property matters for a diverse range of clients, arguing motions before various courts, and representing clients at the time of trial and settlement.
While practicing law, Deborah attended Parsons the New School for Design and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating with a degree in fashion design. She has designed and shown capsule collections on runways in London and New York, and her garments have been published in numerous fashion, art and design books and magazines.
Upon completion of her design degree Deborah continued practicing intellectual property law, and became an adjunct faculty member at Parsons. She is recognized as one of the founders of the academic discipline of Fashion Law, having created and taught one of the first courses in the field while at Parsons in 2007. In addition to teaching Fashion Law at Parsons she was also a professor of Avant Garde Design. Deborah currently teaches a Fashion Law course at New York Law School and sits on the advisory board of the Fashion Law Initiative. In addition to teaching, Deborah has written articles and chaptered books on topics concerning intellectual property and fashion law and is often a participant in speaking engagements on the subject matter.
Deborah is currently a solo practitioner. Her areas of practice include:
•Intellectual Property Law - registration, protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks, domain names and design patents; maintenance and monitoring of trademark and domain portfolios; preparation of trademark oppositions and cease and desist letters.
•Promotional, Branding and Advertising Law - for tv, print, digital/social media, in-store, coupons & packaging.
•Contract Law - preparation and negotiation of agreements including: assignment, license, design, release, manufacturing, production, distribution, marketing, branding, advertising, joint promotion, service, product development, NDA, non-competition, IT, privacy, confidentiality, sales, leasing, employment, spokesperson/sponsorship, contractor, consulting and freelance, and settlement.
•Business Formation Law - for sole proprietors, partnerships, LLCS and corporations.
Deborah lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.