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At DiSchino & Schamy we approach the rapidly evolving industries of fashion, art and technology from a new perspective. Our experience means you gain an ally who understands both the legal and operational challenges of your business.

 

DiSchino & Schamy provides counsel for entrepreneurs and companies in all stages of their business endeavors.

With DiSchino & Schamy you can expect prudent advice on the formation of your business, as we help you select and build a suitable structure that facilitates the growth of your organization. Properly defining the parameters of the relationships between shareholders, directors and business partners is a critical aspect of a successful business. Whether it’s a routine contract or complex transaction, we develop preemptive strategies for business agreements, corporate governance, shareholder relationships and compliance with industry regulations.

Beyond the practice of law, through our association with a network of professionals, our corporate practice is dedicated to assisting our clients in nurturing valuable relationships that facilitate the growth of their organizations.

Branding and design for modern businesses, is as much a legal process as it is creative. DiSchino & Schamy’s goal is to help secure your portfolio of intellectual property and processes. We advise our clients on domestic and international trademark application and registration, copyright protection, trade dress and trade secrets, technology transfers and licensing agreements. In this regard, we monitor and enforce our clients’ intellectual property rights across the globe.

For the established client looking to expand. Our team draws on relevant, in-the-field experience to provide in-depth counseling on brand development, marketing and distribution practices, as well as guidance on partnerships, collaborations and new product development.

In cases of intellectual property disputes, we vigorously defend our clients’ rights in infringement actions, trademark oppositions, due diligence matters and in all areas of commercial transactions. Whether you’re a multinational corporation or the individual owner of an innovative work, we fight to protect your creative edge.

Fashion is a multi-disciplinary endeavor that requires astute representation with a strong awareness of the special requirements and challenges inherent to the industry. Our team structures arrangements and policies that are tailored to fit your businesses needs and advise clients on a range of issues including:

  • Product Sales Strategies
  • Contract Drafting
  • Import/Export Regulations
  • Marketing Practices
  • Intellectual Property Registration
  • Employment Policies
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Franchising Agreements
  • Consumer and Wholesale Relationships

DiSchino & Schamy understands the highly competitive environment in which world-class designers, retailers, manufacturers and distributors operate. Our firm acts as outside general counsel, regulatory and retail counsel for designers, fashion-houses and specialty brands.

Our team has extensive experience in the areas of retail and online distribution, branding, labeling, and advertising as well as licensing, anti-counterfeiting, grey market goods, and compliance with import/export requirements. We represent clients in complex commercial transactions and disputes, including copyright, trademark and trade dress matters. We also advise on business formation and structuring, joint ventures, franchise relationships, mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, we counsel clients in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits, compliance with employment and labor laws as well as real estate and retail leasing. Our fashion law practice combines intellectual property techniques with broad capabilities in the retail, real estate, corporate, and commercial law areas to design individually tailored strategies to further the goals of our clients.

Drawing on deep industry knowledge and experience, DiSchino & Schamy counsels artists, performers, galleries, showrooms and individual collectors on entertainment-related contracts, rights clearance, acquisition and management, corporate and financial transactions, intellectual property protection and enforcement, contract disputes and personal planning.

DiSchino & Schamy represents a variety of artists, authors, publishers, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, composers, arts and nonprofit organizations on entertainment and media-related matters involving music, publishing, art, theatre, film, photography, television, broadcasting and digital media. Examples of areas of service include:

  • Trademark and copyright acquisition, registration, management and enforcement
  • Licensing and merchandising arrangements
  • Asset management

Safeguarding the integrity and longevity of our clients’ work product is of utmost importance to us. Our strength comes from experience dealing with issues at the intersections of entertainment, technology and intellectual property law. Our mission is to secure enterprising arrangements—from talent agreements to artwork registration and licensing—employing our extensive knowledge of these constantly evolving industries.

DiSchino & Schamy has handled virtually every aspect of hotel ownership and operations, helping clients structure transactions so that the interests of all parties—hotel owners, management, and lenders—properly align. From securing permits to ensuring compliance with local, state and federal regulations, our attorneys aim to translate daunting legal processes into feasible tasks with manageable solutions.

Our exposure to a variety of hospitality brands and types of transactions helps our clients maximize the value and marketability of their hotels. Not only do we understand the risks associated with owning and operating a hotel, we have an understanding of room-rates, back-of-house, food and beverage, architecture and design. Areas of counsel include:

  • Acquiring, developing and rebranding hotel properties
  • Negotiating management and franchise agreements
  • Financing and managing assets
  • Creation of new food, beverage and retail concepts

Beyond general counseling on hospitality-related matters and contract negotiation, our team of hospitality, real estate, design and business consultants will work to turn your vision into a reality.

In today’s complex business environment, the creation and use of new, consumer-facing technology is more relevant than ever. Whether you are developing new technology or are acquiring rights to use it, our team is dedicated to counseling start-up companies in all phases of growth, from pre-incorporation to entity selection, venture capital transactions,

From protecting intellectual property rights to advising on data security issues, technology licensing and sourcing strategies, you receive practical and informed guidance. DiSchino & Schamy has team members that concentrate on structuring, negotiating and drafting a variety of agreements to acquire, develop, protect and distribute proprietary technologies. These include:

  • Licensing and distribution
  • Fundraising Strategies
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Consulting and service agreements
  • Product Development
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Manufacturing and supply
  • E-commerce and privacy policies
  • Marketing, promotion and merchandising agreements
  • IP auditing and counseling
  • Copyright, trademark, trade secret application, registration and enforcement

Modern technology presents incredible opportunities for both entrepreneurs and consumers, as well as new business challenges that come with each phase of growth. Our firm is experienced in structuring deals to help our clients achieve their goals. We aid entrepreneurs and new companies to lay a strong foundation on which they can grow.

Operating a non-profit organization requires dedication, resources, manpower and a deep commitment to the cause you support. DiSchino & Schamy’s understanding of the nature and business of nonprofits—derived not only from our legal practice, but also from our deeply rooted participation in the non-profit community—enables us to provide scrupulous counseling that recognizes the managerial, political, and transactional considerations involved in operating a charitable organization.

Our firm provides counsel for all aspects of nonprofit law, including:

  • Formation and corporate structuring
  • Commercial activities
  • Guidance on self-dealing transactions
  • Prevention of excess benefit transactions
  • Review of executive compensation
  • Board member liability and fiduciary duty counseling
  • Establishing and complying with procedures and industry standards
  • Counseling on charitable events, fundraisers and galas

Whether you are a public charity, private foundation or a philanthropist with a desire to give back, DiSchino & Schamy represents non-for-profit organizations in fundraising activities, events, product sales, contract drafting and negotiation, grants and proper operations and management practices. We also counsel our clients on donor-relationship management and the creation, maintenance and use of endowments and donor advised funds.

International business is often complex and its legal environment is constantly evolving. DiSchino & Schamy has a firm grasp on global legal processes and the rapidly evolving international landscape, enabling our firm to assist clients with transactions of all shapes and sizes.

DiSchino & Schamy’s approach is multifaceted. We meticulously consider how international laws, tax treaties, incentives and other factors affect our clients’ businesses and investments. From advising on the creation or acquisition of a foreign or domestic company, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to expand across borders.

We also work with a network of professionals around the world to properly advise foreign investors and companies entering the U.S. market, as well as U.S.-based companies looking to expand abroad. We assist clients in complying with federal, state and local laws, as well as treaties to which the United States is a party. Our firm encourages team members to connect to the world economy through individual activities and skills.

With an ability to connect across countries and cultures, our team is multi-lingual, speaking Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

We are more than just lawyers.

We are thinkers, doers, entrepreneurs, passionate citizens and engaged consumers.

Creatively Driven

About Us

Personalized Solutions

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DiSchino & Schamy provides legal counsel and strategic consulting for the modern business, entrepreneur, free-thinker and those driven to excel in their field. Our practice thrives on creativity.

DiSchino & Schamy has worked with companies of all sizes and understand the needs of businesses in all stages. With proper guidance, we are confident you will discover useful and perhaps unexpected solutions and benefits. Our hope is that you learn from your experiences with us and moreover, see the results we provide on a daily basis.

DiSchino & Schamy is a Miami-based law firm with a satellite office in West Palm Beach.

Creativity

Our Team

With an Entrepreneurial Attitude

Christopher DiSchino, Esq.

Christopher DiSchino



With a knack for the creative and an entrepreneurial attitude, Christopher DiSchino specializes in corporate counsel and intellectual property law. Assisting both private clients and corporate entities, he has helped numerous organizations establish and expand domestically and abroad. His diverse experience allows him to create value for his clients by using resourceful techniques to minimize unnecessary costs and risks.

Prior to founding DiSchino & Company (now DiSchino & Schamy, PLLC), Christopher has worked in the fashion, hospitality and non-profit industries. Exposure to a fast-paced, international environment provided him with an intimate understanding of the business climate in which his clients operate, as well as a knowledge-base that extends far beyond the legal field. Christopher’s domestic client base consists of artists, designers, entrepreneurs and established businesses. His international practice focuses on inbound foreign investment in the United States for individuals, foreign businesses and multi-national corporations. Christopher also handles private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and the restructuring of privately-held companies.

Christopher has passion for giving back to the community. While still in college, his zeal for philanthropy led him to co-found The Paradise Fund—a nationally recognized, non-profit organization with headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida and branches in both Miami, Florida and New York City. Through The Paradise Fund, Christopher is dedicated to serving the needs of underprivileged children both locally and abroad. Christopher also sits on several boards and committees of charitable organizations across South Florida.

Christopher grew up transatlantic, between Palm Beach, Florida and Rome, Italy. Traveling extensively fueled his passion for art, music, languages and foreign culture. He is fluent in four languages: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English, and is currently learning French.



Brenda J. Schamy, Esq.

Brenda J. Schamy, Esq.



Brenda Schamy has a multi-faceted background in criminal defense, corporate counsel and entertainment law. Due to her extensive entrepreneurial experience, Brenda is particularly skilled in business-management, taking on the role of a forward-thinker who actively anticipates the needs, concerns, and opportunities of our corporate clients. Brenda excels at looking beyond the legal scope of business and works closely with our clients to actualize their goals.

Brenda is fluent in Spanish and English and received her law degree from the University of Miami. Prior to founding her own law firm which subsequently merged to become DiSchino & Schamy, PLLC, Brenda was a Miami Dade Public Defender. With over eighty trials taken to verdict, she is especially comfortable in a courtroom and is always ready to fight for her clients’ interests.

In addition to her prowess in the courtroom, Brenda is a formidable entrepreneur. A business owner for many years, she now owns a boutique boxing gym that is making quite an impact on the fitness-conscious Miami scene. Her entrepreneurial drive began in childhood and she understands, at a fundamental level, the issues and challenges that new businesses face and how to overcome them.

Throughout her legal career, Brenda has been immersed in the arts, music and the entertainment industry, having had her own artist management company and worked at The Firm, an entertainment management company, in Los Angeles after finishing college at Northwestern University in Chicago. These experiences, among others, provided Brenda with the knowledge, contacts and experience necessary to succeed in this area of law.



Brianna Patullo, Esq.

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After earning a J.D./M.M. from the University of Miami School of Law and Frost School of Music, Brianna Patullo joined the DiSchino & Schamy team. With prior experience working with global entertainment companies, Brianna is eagerly applying her knowledge to the intellectual property and entertainment space.


Steve Schlackman (Special Counsel)

Steve Schlackman




Steven Schlackman is a registered patent attorney focusing on intellectual property in the art, technology and life science sectors. Steve has spent more than 15 years as an entrepreneurial business leader, prior to becoming an attorney, working in jobs as diverse as sales, account management, IT, web and software development and executive level management. He has several degrees from leading universities; a Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law, an MS in Management from New York University, an MBA in Marketing from Zicklin School of Business (CUNY); a BA in Political Science from Tulane University, and a Biology specialization from the University of Miami. Steve is also working on a new entrepreneurial venture, Orangenius.com, an online platform that helps creators bring their ideas from concept to market, which will launch in late 2015.

Steven is also an accomplished photographer with gallery shows in cities like New York, Miami and Istanbul. As a member of the art community, he is well aware of the challenges facing the protection of creative works and the rampant piracy that is plaguing artists. His blog, the Art Law Journal, was developed to help educate artists on legal and technological topics important for visual artists.

Contact me so we can discuss the best IP strategy to protect your valuable business assets. You can see my creative work at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery or on my Orangenius page.


Diana Mederos (Special Counsel)

Diana Mederos



Diana is a registered patent attorney and licensed to practice law in Florida. Diana helps domestic and international clients obtain patent and trademark protection. Diana enjoys working with startups and small businesses to build, enforce, and leverage a healthy intellectual property portfolio. Diana has represented clients before various federal courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the UDRP FORUM.

Representative technologies include medicinal and chemical compositions, medical diagnostics and devices, renewable energy systems, hydraulic pumps, horticulture and agriculture systems, videography and augmented reality systems, children’s toys, construction tools and holsters, anti-theft and personal security systems, wearable technology fashion, arts and crafts tools, athletic gear, and household consumer products.

Diana is a New Yorker by birth, Floridian by location, and Texan at heart. Prior to law school, Diana spent three years working as a certified graduate-level writing consultant and editor of a bi-monthly publication. In law school, Diana performed scholarly legal research on the convergence of sprawl, waterworks, and public health and on the problems with the EPA and the FDA in regulating Triclosan and what the future holds for human and environmental health.

While at the University of Florida, Diana worked as a research assistant in an immunology laboratory and in a nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory where she researched the relative in vitro stimulatory effect of mutant and wild-type isolated lipoteichoic acid and comparative metabolic profiling with the use of carbon 13 and proton NMR probes. 

Diana’s undergraduate honors thesis research was on sediment toxicity, invasive species eradication methods, streamflow hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, historical watershed mapping with geographic information systems, and water quality analyses based on biogeochemical parameters. 

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Miami Headquarters 4770 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1280, Miami, Florida 33137

Palm Beach Office (By Appointment Only) 2511 S. Dixie Highway, Suite B, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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