Staci Jennifer Riordan Named Executive Director of Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Project
December 9, 2013
Staci Jennifer Riordan, chair of the Fashion Law practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, has been named executive director of Loyola Law School’s new Fashion Law Project.
Riordan was instrumental in developing the Project, which is the first of its kind on the West Coast. A unique academic center dedicated to advancing the practice of fashion law, the program will feature innovative curricular offerings, practical-training opportunities and topical symposia.
“The fashion law industry is burgeoning in Los Angeles – the largest fashion center in the country since 1998 – and so are its legal issues. There simply aren’t enough qualified lawyers to keep up with demand,” said Riordan.
“I developed The Fashion Law Project to provide attorneys with the necessary training to become well-versed in the nuances of this growing field while helping fashion executives and students with their unanswered legal questions. To be a successful fashion lawyer, it is imperative to have an understanding of the intersection between business and law in the fashion industry,” she noted.
The newly developed curriculum will include a variety of courses with a focus on licensing, fashion financing, import/export rules, mergers and acquisitions and celebrity endorsements, taught by fashion law practitioners so that Loyola’s students learn hands on what working in this field requires.
To keep pace with rapid changes in the practice area, the project will also offer annual symposia on trending topics and a summer intensive “bootcamp” type program.
In addition to teaching one class per semester, Riordan will oversee the law school curriculum, symposia and the summer intensive program as well as supervise, hire, train and continue to develop and grow the project.
Descended from a long line of garment makers, Riordan began to understand the importance of creating and maintaining a brand at a young age. She has since made it her passion to help fashion companies find success and believes this program will inspire and teach others in the industry the same.
In her practice, Riordan focuses on both transactional and litigation issues faced by the fashion community, including fashion licensing, copyright, trademark and business litigation or digital media, social commerce and geo location, business agreements, strategic planning and client counseling.