Douglas Hand is a founding member of the firm and an accomplished corporate and transactional lawyer advising businesses, financial institutions, and individuals across multiple industries including fashion, media and sports.
Mr. Hand began his legal career in the New York and Paris offices of Sherman & Sterling, representing domestic and international clients in public and private transactions. Notable deals include representing Citicorp in its merger with Travelers and representing Fiat S.p.A. in its strategic alliance with General Motors.
Mr. Hand has represented fashion/lifestyle companies of all size throughout his career. As a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as well as the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator Program, he is an active participant in the industry serving on speaking panels and advising member fashion companies. Mr. Hand has also been asked to join the advisory board of the Fashion Law Institute of Fordham Law School which covers intellectual property, business and finance, international trade and government regulation in the fashion industry.
A former NCAA athlete in three sports and an avid fan, Mr. Hand is a frequent contributor and speaker at conferences in the business of sports and entertainment. In 2009, Mr. Hand was named the Vice Chair of the Sports Division of the American Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Forum.
Mr. Hand is admitted to practice in New York.
NYU School of Law, J.D., 1997
NYU Stern School of Business, M.B.A., 1997
Vassar College, B.A. (with honors), 1992
List of Representative Clients
3.1 phillip lim
3x1 made here
Architect At Large / Rafael de Cárdenas LTD
Arena Football League
Boston Red Sox
Bryton Harry Sports Marketing
Business Development Asia
Champions' Cup Senior Tennis
Daniel Romualdez Architects P.C.
Fenway Sports Group
Guinevere van Seemus
House of Waris
InsideOut Sports & Entertainment
Madison Square Garden
Mumford & Sons
New Jersey Nets
rag & bone
Rogan and Loomstate
Ruby Kobo and Sashi
Warner Music Group
Publications and Presentations
Spoke with CFDA and their membership with other fashion industry leaders as the expert on legal issues., panelist on Jan 15, 2013
Introduction to Sports Law, New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, panelist on M&A, 2012
CFDA + HBA present Workplace Regulation: Employment Law and Practical Advice, moderator, 2012
Fashionably Legal: How to Avoid Having Your Unpaid Interns Cost You a Fortune, Council of Fashion Designers of America – From the Experts – 2011
Inside the Minds: Navigating Fashion Law, Published by Aspatore Books from West-Thomson Reuters, author of chapter entitled “When Licensing and Branding Meet” – 2011
Shopping for Fashion Houses: Who’s First in Line in the M&A Market? , 1st Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium: Global Growth and Legal Landscapes, panelist, Fordham Law School – 2011
Fundamentals of Sports Law Practice, American Bar Association Forum of the Entertainment and Sports Industries, moderator, Annual Meeting - 2010
Network to Blog – Old vs. New Media: What You Need to Know in Sports Deals, American Bar Association Webinar – 2010
Is Factoring Going Out of Fashion II?, Council of Fashion Designers of America – From the Experts – 2010
Protecting Your Trademark: Questions and Answers About Your Most Valuable Asset, Council of Fashion Designers of America – From the Experts – 2009
Is Factoring Going Out of Fashion?, Council of Fashion Designers of America – From the Experts – 2009
Protection from Material Adverse Changes: Use of MAC Clauses in the United States and Europe, Euromoney 2001
U.S. Securities Law: A Practical Guide published by Kluwer Law International – contributor to Mergers and Acquisitions Chapter.
Professional and Charitable Activities
Member of the American Bar Association (Vice Chair of the Sports Division of Sports and Entertainment Forum)
Member of the New York State Bar Association and the Business Law and Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections thereof.
Member of the Business Advisory Council of the CFDA.
Member of the Advisory Board of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator Program.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Law Institute of Fordham Law School.
Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of The Kitchen (a supporter of interdisciplinary art that has incubated such established “experimental” artists as David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones).
Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Courier’s Kids (an organization dedicated to bringing tennis to inner-city youths).