In the feature, Rawlings was queried on how did she fall into fashion and entertainment law. Rawlings in response stated:
“I wanted to practice corporate and contract law because of my business background. The fashion and entertainment aspect came about because of the jewelry I was creating in law school. Like many new designers, with no credible legal resources in fashion and limited funds, I became a “one-man-band-stand,” from drafting a business plan, to forming the legal entity, to forming and copyrighting the website, to intellectual property registrations and appeals, to manufacturing by hand, to researching and contracting an international manufacturer, to graphic designing look books and line sheets, to pitching the brand to celebrities and magazines, to requesting and attending desk side appointments with buyers, and to drafting all legal contracts. The opportunities, risks, incidents, trials and tribulations I have encountered as a designer have created a myriad of fashion law documents and agreements that, unless, I was not both a lawyer and a designer, I would not have had the insight and wherewithal to create.
I realized my friends and others in this industry also needed help in the business side of fashion, legal documents and with the same issues, so it kind of just parlayed into fashion law. Fashion law isn’t a known niche of law right now, but I’m trying to develop and spread awareness of it because there’s a music industry, there’s a film industry but there’s not something that’s ‘for fashion.'”
Rawlings heads the firm’s Fashion law department and is an active member of the Entertainment and Sports law division of the firm. Rawlings founded and successfully grew her high fashion accessories company, B.RAWLINGS, while graduating cum laude from law school. Honored as Gen Art’s Fresh Face in Fashion Accessory Designer of 2010, B.RAWLINGS has since been acclaimed by international Vogue publications, Allure Magazine and People Magazine, is carried in Bloomingdales-Santa Monica, and has jeweled celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Tyra Banks, and E! TV’s News host, Giuliana Rancic.
The Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. is one of the few Florida firms that has a practice group dedicated to Fashion Law. Fashion law is a specialized area of law that deals with intellectual property (copyright and trademark law, including brand licensing), domestic and international business transactions, textiles, merchandising, employment and labor concerns, and customs (import/export issues). Traditionally, most fashion lawyers work for established fashion and luxury goods companies in major urban commercial centers such as New York City, Paris, London and Milan. Some fashion lawyers work within the company, and others work outside the company for law firms.
Fashion attorneys participate in a variety of legal activities and negotiate deals for their clients. The clients may be large retail chains, haute couture labels, high-fashion models, or an unknown designers just starting out. If and when the situation arises, a fashion attorney will litigate for his or her clients in court.
The Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A.’s group of attorneys are able to assist clients in every facet of Fashion Law.