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HBA Partner, Adam Michaels Featured in Women’s Wear Daily Article

Partner and head of litigation at HBA, Adam Michaels, was recently featured in a Women’s Wear Daily news article, weighing in on Michael Avenatti’s alleged plan to extort Nike for upwards of $20 million.

“Certainly it’s on the radar not only of law enforcement but of enterprising and aggressive attorneys and also the public consciousness,” said Adam Michaels, a partner at Hand Baldachin & Associates LLP, who heads the firm’s litigation practice. “If any other companies have any suspicion that people acting on their behalf are engaging in similar behavior, they have an opportunity to suss out the misconduct before other people do it for them.”

 –  Michael Avenatti, Nike and the Shakedown Risk, Sindu Sundar, Women’s Wear Daily

 

You can access the article online using this link: https://wwd.com/business-news/legal/nike-michael-avenatti-extortion-basketball-lawyer-1203091881/

 

Cardozo’s Fashion Law Symposium

Hosted by Cardozo’s FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment law, in conjunction with the Fashion Law Society, Cardozo’s Fashion Law Symposium event on February 26, 2019 attracted over 165 attendees and included 18 speakers. Attorneys, fashion industry figures and law students joined the Symposium to discuss several pertinent topics in the fashion industry and determine how to address these topics from a legal perspective.

Following the topic of wearable tech, Douglas Hand moderated the 3rd panel of the day, dedicated to the Retail Revolution and how to utilize real estate in the digital age of shopping. One of the most influential lawyers in the field of fashion, Douglas also sits in the Business Advisory Committee of the CFDA and is an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at NYU School of Law and Cardozo School of Law.Can the stores win back the allegiance of customers by a tech revolution led by smart mirrors and connected dressing rooms? Can online shopping provide an answer to the famous try-before-you-buy weapon?

With leaders of the front lines of fashion law, panelists Scott A. Klion, Of Counsel to HBA in the area of commercial leasing, Maryann Lawrence, Associate General Counsel at Chanel and Rory Tahari, Founder of the State of Mind Partners, discussed how to capture the customer of the future.

The panel began with one of the main concerns of the fashion and retail industry, the closing of stores and malls everywhere across the country and the stores struggling to compete with online retailers. “We don’t look at stores as a profit center but as a marketing expense,” explained Rory Tahari. Her insight as director of Elie Tahari, Ltd. for 20 years, with stores located throughout the world foresees the end of the typical provisions in leases and rental agreements. For most landlords, the 10 year regular lease agreement is now becoming shorter and shorter as only a limited amount of brands are able to commit themselves to these agreements.

However, according to Maryann Lawrence, the success and the visibility of a luxury brand like Chanel benefits from an incredible leverage when negotiating a lease with landlords.  

As previous Associate General Counsel for Tiffany & Co., Scott Kilon agreed with Lawrence’s analysis, adding that a landlord needs these brands in order to increase the value of the mall or the shopping area. In sum, retail is not dead.  In order to revitalize an area of a city, stores are still installed as a way to attract customer traffic.

In addition, customers will always enjoy the physical experience of shopping.  A customer buying at Chanel enjoys the “human touch” given by the sales persons and the luxury service of being able to have a cocktail in the salon whilst shopping. The shopping experience in a luxury brand like Chanel has to be “fluid but thoughtful,” added Lawrence.

 

 

Do’s and Don’ts for Startups Working with Lawyers

HBA’s Alan Baldachin joined a panel of great lawyers, including Scott Schirick, Jeff Laretto, Agatha Kluk, and Lilya Tessler at the Do’s and Don’ts Panel presented by Genesis Block.

A special thanks to Cathy Yoon of Genesis Block for organizing a great panel of lawyers who have worked with a variety of startup clients on a variety of issues. It was a great conversation, and hopefully helpful and informative!

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Legal Consulting in the Field of Fashion: the USA and Italy

Legal Consulting in the Field of Fashion: the USA and Italy

Fashion Law columnist Anna Zabrotskaya, Co-head of the Fashion & Lux Practice at law firm Borenius, met with leading fashion lawyers from global fashion capitals New York and Milan. Douglas Hand, a partner at American law firm Hand Baldachin & Associates (HBA), and Ida Palombella, head of IP and technology at law firm Withers, spoke about the specific features of providing legal advice in the field of fashion law.

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HBA Welcomes Litigation Partner Adam Michaels

HBA Welcomes Litigation Partner Adam Michaels

NEW YORKMarch 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Joining HBA as head of the firm’s litigation practice, Adam Michaels brings nearly twenty years of sophisticated litigation experience representing companies and individuals in matters related to consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, fashion and lifestyle, healthcare, and technology.  Adam’s practice covers the full range of commercial litigation, with particular focus on representing business clients in complex contract disputes.  Adam regularly counsels on litigation avoidance, risk management, marketing strategy, and regulatory compliance.  He joins HBA from the New York office of Pepper Hamilton, where he was Of Counsel.  Prior to that, Adam practiced at Goodwin Procter.  Adam earned his J.D. from Georgetown University and his A.B. from Columbia University.

“We are excited to welcome Adam to our firm,” Managing Partner Alan Baldachin said.  Founding Partner Douglas Hand added, “Adam is tenacious litigator with a practical and efficient approach to resolving business disputes.  Adam’s experience and talent will complement our other practice areas and will be a great asset for our clients.”

HBA is a corporate and commercial law firm in New York, NY focused on media, technology and fashion & lifestyle, with expertise in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate and intellectual property.

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Justin Pollak

Hand Baldachin & Amburgey is Pleased to Announce the Promotion of Justin Pollak to Partner

Hand Baldachin & Amburgey is Pleased to Announce the Promotion of Justin Pollak to Partner, effective as of January 1, 2018

Since joining the firm as an associate in 2014, Justin has focused his practice on venture capital transactions. He represents both investors and emerging companies, particular in seed and early stage venture financings, across a broad range of industries, including fashion, fintech, social and digital media, e-commerce, enterprise software, network security and biotechnology. Justin also regularly advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and serves as an “outside general counsel” to many of the firm’s emerging and growth-stage company clients. He earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from Emory University and his B.S. from Cornell University.

“Justin is a highly talented attorney whose commitment to client service truly demonstrates the firm’s values,” Managing Partner Alan Baldachin said. “His leadership and passion have meaningfully contributed to the success of the firm and our clients and will continue to do so into the future. We are very proud of Justin’s accomplishments and congratulate him on his new role.”

HBA is a corporate and commercial law firm in New York, NY focused on media, technology and fashion & lifestyle, with expertise in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate and intellectual property. The firm was founded by three former big law attorneys over 15 years ago and continues to grow today.

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Capable and Elegant: What It’s Like to Be a Fashion Lawyer, an Interview with Partner Douglas Hand

Capable and Elegant: What It’s Like to Be a Fashion Lawyer

We start our new section with the exclusive interview with a famous New York dandy, a founding partner of Hand Baldachin Amburgey LLP (HBA) and a successful fashion lawyer Douglas Hand. What is it like to be a fashion lawyer and what his book “Laws of Style” is about, Douglas told in a conversation with Anna Zabrotskaya.

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