Genova Burns LLC, one of the top law firms serving New Jersey and the greater northeast, announced that it has launched a Fashion Law Group, leveraging the skills of some of its leading attorneys with its proximity to one of the world’s primary fashion capitals, New York City. The Group will be led by Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, a partner with Genova Burns, and Maria Fruci, who serves as Counsel to the Firm.
"According to industry studies, fashion means big business, employing 180,000 people in our region alone and generating $10.9 billion in total wages,” says Einhorn. “With a growing industry that is constantly challenging and reinventing itself, the need for competent, qualified, and experienced legal counsel is increasing every day. For Genova Burns to establish a law practice that focuses on fashion law makes sense for us as a major legal player in the region.”
The Fashion Law Group will work with clients in legal areas that include labor and employment, intellectual property, licensing, franchising, copyright law, retail leasing and real estate, counterfeit litigation, transportation and general counsel services. The Group will build upon the Fo
irm’s existing business law expertise and help fashion clients manage the logistical challenges of import/export and other areas of business transactional law.
“The world of fashion is evolving, and it goes beyond which styles of clothing are trendy at the moment. The fashion industry has become increasingly complex, and Genova Burns is poised to guide clients through both the long-standing and newer legal intricacies of this bourgeoning segment of industry,” says Fruci. “With an estimated 900 fashion companies headquartered in New York City, the region needs a capable law firm that can hit the ground running with corporations that intersect this robust market.”
At Genova Burns, Fruci serves as general outside counsel for various businesses including a successful start-up fashion house. She also focuses on Commercial Litigation, Class Action Defense, Intellectual Property, and Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.
Meanwhile, Einhorn is a pioneer for women in the legal field. She is the first woman attorney in Genova Burns’ history to serve as an executive committee member and the first to chair a practice group at the Firm. She is the current chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Einhorn also serves as a mentor to female law associates, guiding women in a profession where men still outnumber women at a ratio of nearly two to one.
“At Genova Burns, we realize the importance of industry-specific focus groups and promoting innovation in the way we practice law,” says Angelo Genova, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and Chairman of Genova Burns LLC. “The new Fashion Law Group draws on our deep experience in many areas of law that are interconnected with and important to this growing industry. We are also confident that Kathleen and Maria can guide our Firm into this unique specialty market while we maintain our commitment to serving the needs of our clients.”
This new law group is also part of Genova Burns’ ongoing commitment to ensuring the racial and gender diversity of its staff and its operations. As one of the few firms in the Northeast with a proven track record of diversity, the firm launched its India Law Group, led by Rajiv Parikh, a Partner with the Firm and of Asian-Indian origin, this past September. The Firm also employs one of the largest groups of female attorneys in the region, bucking the trend of this male-dominated industry.
About Genova Burns
Founded over 30 years ago, Genova Burns works with companies, individuals, and business interests regionally, nationally and internationally on matters in New Jersey and the Northeast Corridor between New York and Washington D.C. The Firm provides a comprehensive offering of exceptional legal services complemented by the responsiveness, resources and collective expertise often found at larger firms, all while serving clients in a personal, relationship-focused manner.
The Firm’s offices are strategically located across the region to meet and surpass clients’ needs. Genova Burns’ attorneys are admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as in other jurisdictions. The attorneys embody the Firm’s long-term vision to have a law firm that provides unparalleled legal services to companies and individuals while being an active part of the business, political and philanthropic community at the state and local level. The Firm’s best resource is its people. Over the course of the past year alone, more than a dozen of Genova Burns’ attorneys, and the Firm as a whole, were recognized with more than 25 awards for their commitment to the legal profession and for service to the community. For more information on the Fashion Law Group, click here.