Deborah McNamara, Esq. represents startup and established businesses providing management and oversight of domestic and international legal affairs with expertise in commercial contracts and transactions, intellectual property and litigation. Her diverse current and past client base includes companies in the luxury good and fashion industries (apparel/jewelry/footwear/accessory/fabric/wearable), as well as design (interior/exterior), toy, furniture, photography, beauty, health/wellness, food/beverage, consumer product, hospitality, tech/media/entertainment and automotive companies, museums/art collections, celebrities and musicians.
After earning her J.D. degree, cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, she practiced law in New York at Shearman & Sterling where she negotiated a broad range of commercial contracts, with an emphasis on intellectual property concerns. Deborah then practiced law at Thelen Reid & Priest where she litigated commercial matters with a focus on intellectual property concerns, 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 an AAS in Fashion Studies (Design).
Upon completion of her degree Deborah continued practicing law as a solo practitioner, 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 Fashion Law courses as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and sits on the advisory board of the Fashion Law Initiative. Deborah has written articles and chaptered books on topics concerning legalities of the fashion industry, including in The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Fashion Design, and is often a participant in speaking engagements on the subject matter.
Deborah continues to work as a solo practitioner for a diverse range of clients. Her areas of practice include:
Intellectual Property Law - Searching, registering, prosecuting, and enforcing intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, domain names, and design patents), including maintenance and monitoring, preparation of oppositions and cease and desist letters, negotiating settlement agreements in cases of infringement, and providing advice regarding intellectual property ownership/enforcement issues and protection strategy.
Promotional, Branding & Advertising Law - Counseling on promotional, branding and advertising materials (digital/social media, print, TV, talent, venue, music, in-store, and packaging) and reviewing materials for clearance of rights (art, music and video).
Litigation Risk Management & Conflict Resolution - Advising on general contract and commercial disputes and providing litigation support/assistance in managing litigation counsel for general commercial and intellectual property matters.
Business Formation & Corporate Governance - Preparing business formation documents, corporate policies, procedures and training materials; advising on compliance, regulatory, employment and sustainability concerns.
Deborah lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.