Douglas Hand


Mr. Hand is one of the pre-eminent fashion lawyers in the country. He has been featured and profiled in numerous media outlets and publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, the American Bar Association Journal, Women’s Wear Daily and The Business of Fashion. Douglas is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), on the Advisory Board of the CFDA’s Incubator and a member of the CFDA Fashion Awards Guild.  He’s also an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at both NYU School of Law and Cardozo School of Law and is on the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council and the Board of Advisors for Cardozo’s Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment (FAME) Law Center.

Douglas began his legal career in the New York and Paris offices of Shearman & 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.

A former NCAA athlete in three sports and an avid fan, Douglas has been a contributor and speaker at conferences on the sports and entertainment sector and its intersection with the business of fashion.

He sits on numerous advisory boards in the fashion industry as well a charitable institutions including The Kitchen (a supporter of interdisciplinary art that has incubated such established “experimental” artists as David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones) and Courier’s Kids (an organization dedicated to bringing tennis to inner-city youths).

  • Vassar College, B.A. (with honors) 1992
  • NYU School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • NYU Stern School of Business, M.B.A., 1997
State Bar Admissions / Memberships
  • Member of CFDA Fashion Awards Guild
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Couture Council
  • Member of the Business Advisory Council of the CFDA
  • Advisory Board of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator Program
  • American Bar Association (former Vice Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Forum)
  • New York State Bar Association
Articles / Publications / Case Studies
  • Fashion Law: How to Protect Yourself from Knock-Offs, MR Magazine (October 2016).
  • What’s in a Name? The Challenge of M&A for Namesake Brands, WWD No. 3(Jan. 2016), at 66.
  • Fashionably Legal: How to Avoid Having Your Unpaid Interns Cost You a Fortune, CFDA FROM THE EXPERTS (2011).
  • Vicki Dallas, et al., Inside the Minds: Navigating Fashion Law, Aspatore Books (2011) (author of chapter entitled “When Licensing and Branding Meet”).
  • Is Factoring Going Out of Fashion?, CFDA FROM THE EXPERTS (2010).
  • Protecting Your Trademark: Questions and Answers About Your Most Valuable Asset, CFDA FROM THE EXPERTS (2009).
  • Protection from Material Adverse Changes: Use of MAC Clauses in the United States and Europe, EUROMONEY (2001).
  • James M. Bartos, U.S. Securities Law: A Practical Guide, Kluwer Law International (3d ed. 2006) (contributor to Chapter 5: Mergers and Acquisitions).
Select Press
  • Kati Chitrakorn, Role Call Douglas Hand, Fashion Lawyer, THE BUSINESS OF FASHION (Oct. 29 2015), .
  • Jenny Davis, 10 Questions: Meet the Legal Force behind Some of the Biggest Brands in the Fashion Industry, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL (May 2015).
  • Jacob Bernstein, Lawyering in Socks That Pop, THE NEW YORK TIMES, (Dec. 3, 2014), at E11 (web version title: A Lawyer for Fashion Insiders Dresses the Part).
  • Evan Clark, Q&A: Douglas Hand, The Fashionable Attorney, WWD.COM (Sept.12, 2011).