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.