While known for its glamour and glitz, the fashion and retail industry is a complex, multibillion-dollar business, and companies within this global industry require professional services and counseling tailored to their unique needs. Sedgwick's Retail Practice Group attorneys have substantial expertise in areas of particular concern to the industry.
Sedgwick's broad capabilities include attorneys who specialize in areas that address the needs of our retail industry clients, such as Business and Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law, including financing, commercial leasing, corporate governance and uniform commercial code transactions; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment; and Bankruptcy. The firm employs a multidisciplinary team approach to assist clients by blending litigation and transactional specialists into a cohesive group. Our cross-specialty teams provide legal representation that takes the big picture of a client's business into account. We tailor our approach to respond to each client's unique needs so that we provide creative, complete solutions and efficient service.
Our clients come from a cross-section of fashion industry retailers and manufacturers, including sportswear companies, high-end clothing retailers, eyewear and footwear companies, cosmetics and fragrance retailers, and jewelry and accessory companies, among others.
Our Retail Practice Group showcases our women professionals, mirroring the existing corporate culture of many of our retail industry clientele. Sedgwick is proactive in its support of recruiting and retaining, and advancing the careers of our women attorneys. Our firm has established itself as a leader in support of business women and women attorneys through Sedgwick's Women's Forum, which provides seminars and networking opportunities to women business leaders throughout the country.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Representing retail and manufacturing clients against individual claims and in class action consumer cases, our Retail Practice Group attorneys work hard to protect our business clients' interests. Our attorneys develop litigation strategy based on each engagement, and provide creative, complete and efficient solutions, whether through ADR or the trial process.
Sedgwick attorneys have substantial experience assisting clients in establishing and maintaining business entities, including public companies, privately-held corporations, partnership and limited liability companies. The attorneys in this group also represent clients in a variety of business transactions, such as merger and acquisitions, joint ventures, supplier agreements, distributorship agreements, strategic alliances, and franchising agreements. Sedgwick also manages a variety of financing matters on behalf of our clients, including floor plan financing, import and export financing, and customer financing.
We have extensive experience both enforcing and defending trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition claims in civil litigation and administrative proceedings. We have represented and counseled clients in rights of publicity and privacy, copyright disputes, and anti-counterfeiting actions. Our attorneys also advise our clients in all aspects of licensing and distribution agreements, including copyright and trademark licensing transactions.
Labor & Employment
Our attorneys represent companies and their managers in lawsuits, administrative claims and class actions brought by employees and governmental agencies. Wage and hour lawsuits are on the rise throughout the country, with many brought as class actions. Sedgwick successfully represents our clients in these matters, as well as in the so-called "uniform" cases that have become a popular focus of the plaintiffs' bar in actions against clothing retail stores.
Sedgwick's bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorneys have extensive experience protecting creditors' rights in litigation, workouts and bankruptcy. Whether the circumstances call for trial skills or deal-making expertise, we strive to maximize our clients' debt recovery by identifying available assets and strategies for successful realization of claims. The members of our team understand the economic pressures our fashion industry clients face when confronted with a bankrupt buyer or supplier. We are skilled in working with troubled suppliers, distributors and customers before bankruptcy disrupts relationships. Our experienced courtroom advocates and seasoned transactional lawyers work together to achieve our clients' business objectives.