Retailers are constantly juggling in order to develop their brands, make sales, retain loyal customers and surpass their competitors. We know exactly what it takes to succeed in the retail industry, whether in the U.S. or abroad, in-store or online. We take the time to understand your businesses and goals. Then, we share our expertise with you in an accessible and highly effective manner. Together, we form a partnership to bring out your strengths, increase efficiency and ultimately drive major growth.
We recognize that retail clients have widespread legal needs. With our full service platform, our attorneys collaborate across substantive practice areas to solve your specific challenges and take your business goals from concept to completion. The result is cost-effective legal counseling from a team that understands your business and your consumers.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Retail Practice Group advises national and international retailers, large and small, in-store and online, across all industries. We counsel international retailers that are new to the U.S. market as well as national retailers looking toward domestic expansion. We assist in negotiations with various businesses in the supply chain from manufacturers to joint venturers to celebrity endorsers and then create contracts that make sense.
Business Structuring, Governance and Corporate Transactions
Whether you are expanding or consolidating your retail business, we will work with you to design and implement your corporate architecture. With a savvy corporate infrastructure in place, we can also guide you toward national and international expansion through mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and asset purchases and sales.
Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property
We provide legal and business strategies concerning patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright prosecution and litigation, trade secret protection, product branding and advertising. Your transactions (licenses, endorsements, sponsorships and joint ventures) are translated into personalized agreements understood by all parties.
Compliance with Consumer Laws
Our attorneys advise on all aspects of consumer protection, privacy and data security laws. We offer strategic counseling on advertising and marketing issues and encourage preventative measures in order to avoid government investigations.
Compliance with Legal Requirements and Licensing
There are specialty legal requirements, permits and licenses required for almost every retail client. Whether it’s navigating the New York City restaurant grade inspection system for a new restaurant or offer cosmetics demonstrations in your store, we make sure that you are in compliance with legal requirements and are equipped with the necessary licenses and permits.
Our retail leasing practice extends to every major U.S. market. We negotiate commercial retail leases, subleases, terms sheets and letters of intent. Because we represent both retail landlords and retail tenants, we understand both sides of these transactions and can quickly move deals forward rather than stand in their way.
Outdoor Signage and Advertising
Outdoor advertising requires compliance both with applicable local and federal law and with the parameters of the retailer’s particular commercial lease. Our consumer regulatory, specialty licensing and retail leasing attorneys collaborate to understand your desires concerning outdoor signage and advertising and how to achieve them.
Retail Store and Office Construction
Providing full transactional construction and development services, we will guide you from project formation through dispute resolution. We get involved in all aspects of a project and navigate relationships with owners, developers, contractors, engineers, architects, project managers and construction managers.
Supply, Manufacturing and other Commercial Contracts
We negotiate contracts to forge strong relationships on your behalf with vendors, manufacturers, and other third party suppliers. We understand what retailers want from their manufacturers, logistics service providers and other vendors, and we know how to get it in writing.
Logistics are the nuts and bolts that allow a retail company to operate smoothly and efficiently in bringing its goods from conception to fruition, from raw materials in a factory to finished products ready for sale. We negotiate flexible logistics services agreements and influence our clients’ service providers to bundle their services in whatever unique ways fit our clients’ needs.
Structuring and Managing Expansion
Clients often approach us with the challenge of expansion into a new sales platform. From online retailers opening brick and mortar stores and pop-up shops to established retailers expanding their online presence, we help you take leaps and bounds into new territories and develop retail alliances that open up new points of sale. As technology continues to change the landscape of retail channel distribution, we help with nontraditional expansions such as flash and private sales, direct consumer sales through manufacturer websites, third-party sales websites and social media. Also, as strategic counselors to franchisors and franchisees, we handle all aspects of operations and business relationships.
Promotions and Incentives
The advertising frontier is a complex mix of Internet law, consumer protection and privacy laws and advertising regulations. We have developed a niche expertise in the regulations surrounding sweepstakes, loyalty programs, contests gift cards and reward programs.
Co-Branding and Endorsements
Our retail clients are often sought after by others in the industry for co-branding initiatives. We know how to draft agreements that protect your interests while ensuring that the celebrity endorsers are comfortable with the arrangement and motivated to give you significant attention and exposure.
Legal Support to Human Resources
From the executive corporate employee to the seasonal commission-based salesperson, we develop effective practices tailored to any sort of employee you choose to engage. Focused on prevention, we draft company policies and employee handbooks, offer letters, restrictive covenant and confidentiality agreements. We evaluate existing agreements and litigate when necessary. We also guide you in compliance with various employment laws, including wage and hour laws and ADA compliance.
It’s rather common for retail clients to hire non-US citizens. We work with you to personalize, and then shepherd, the often complex visa applications through the various federal agencies to achieve the desired result: an employee who is able to devote attention to the retail world and not to the immigration process.
Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring
We represent retail debtors in reorganization and liquidation proceedings, creditors’ committees, asset purchasers and trade creditors with reclamation and similar claims. We offer critical assistance to clients that are underperforming, in crisis or even relatively healthy but with some underperforming divisions or branches. We help you stabilize performance and reassure creditors and investors through restructuring initiatives and working capital plans.
Business Litigation / Dispute Resolution / Arbitration
We handle landlord-tenant, breach of contract and intellectual property matters, government compliance, construction and vendor disputes, product liability issues, privacy and security issues and employment disputes. These matters arise in the retail context frequently. Our goal is to help you avoid the escalation of disputes, facilitate early resolutions achieve positive outcomes and swiftly smooth over any bumps in the road.
|Beller, Brian J. Partner||Partner||212.216.1173|
|Checchinato, Serena Associate||Associate||12122161189|
|Feder, Hagit Senior Compliance Administrator, CFE||Senior Compliance Administrator, CFE||212.216.1109|
|Galante, Victoria Associate||Associate||12122161196|
|Gaynor, Alan S. Partner||Partner||212.216.1136|
|Goldsmith, Amy B. Partner and Chair of Privacy and Cybersecurity Group||Partner and Chair of Privacy and Cybersecurity Group||212.216.1135|
|Iannaccone, Giuliano Partner and Chair of International and Retail Groups and Co-Chair of Italy Practice||Partner and Chair of International and Retail Groups and Co-Chair of Italy Practice||12122161110|
|Kilduff, Patrick J. Partner and Chair of Compliance and Administrative Law Practice and Outdoor Advertising Practice||Partner and Chair of Compliance and Administrative Law Practice and Outdoor Advertising Practice||212.216.8019|
|Lippert, Nels T. Partner and Chair of Intellectual Property Practice||Partner and Chair of Intellectual Property Practice||212.216.1157|
|Pfeffer, David J. Partner and Chair of Construction Group||Partner and Chair of Construction Group||212.216.8075|
|Piazza, Gina M. Partner and Co-Chair of Italy Practice||Partner and Co-Chair of Italy Practice||12122161129|
|Piazza, Deborah J. Partner||Partner||212.216.1140|
|Rigato, Federica Associate||Associate||12122161194|
|Rosenberg, Mark J. Partner and Chair of Reputation Management Practice||Partner and Chair of Reputation Management Practice||212.216.1127|
|Shravah, Aasheesh Counsel||Counsel||212.216.1132|
|Steer, Richard L. Partner and Chair of Employment Practices Liability Insurance Practice||Partner and Chair of Employment Practices Liability Insurance Practice||212.216.8070|
|Taruschio, Anna Counsel||Counsel||12122161126|
|Toevs Carolan, Tara Partner||Partner||212.216.8007|
|Zagorsky, Arthur Partner||Partner||212.216.8030|
|Zipkowitz, Eric Partner||Partner||212.216.8088|
On May 24, 2021, Chair of International and Retail Practice Groups and Co-Chair of Italy Practice, Giuliano Iannaccone, was interviewed by Italia Oggi regarding the changes to the international markets due to COVID-19 and their way to recovery.
International and Retail Practice Groups chair and Italy Practice co-chair Giuliano Iannaccone and Associate Federica Rigato represented acclaimed wine producer Masi Agricola in the negotiation of a distribution agreement with Santa Margherita USA.
In the latest episode of Law Brief, “Do Gift Cards Keep on Giving? How the Law Affects the Consumer, the Retailer and the State,” International and Retail partner Gina Piazza sat down with Litigation partner and host Rich Schoenstein to delve into all things gift cards.
Gina and Rich discuss whether and when gift cards expire, the related obligations of retailers and how unused balances might constitute “abandoned property” that must be turned over to the state.
Giuliano Iannaccone, chair of the International and Retail Groups and Rich Schoenstein, Litigation partner and podcast host, discuss The Concession Model in Department Stores on the latest episode of Law Brief. Giuliano and Rich talk about how retail brands and department stores are utilizing a concession model to attract shoppers, the benefits for both the brands and the stores entering into concession agreements and the legal challenges associated with such a model.
Thirty-two lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, a rise in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorneys awarded as top lawyers in New York. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Lawyers are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
International, Retail and Corporate & Securities associate Serena Checchinato was recently named to the New York City Bar Association’s 2019 Art Law Committee, which addresses developments and issues impacting the not-for-profit and commercial art worlds, including the authenticity of art, copyright, moral rights, title, business transactions, insurance and nonprofit law.
Thirty lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists as top lawyers in New York. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Lawyers are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations
International and Retail Group Chair, and Italy practice Co-Chair Giuliano Iannaccone was featured in an Am Law Mid-Market Report article, "A Broad Path For Midsize Firms Making it Abroad.” The article focused on how some mid-size firms are serving their international client base.
This year, 28 lawyers from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin have been named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists as top lawyers in the state. The annual Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of lawyers in New York for their professional achievements. Attorneys are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Four Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorneys were ranked on the Rising Stars list, which recognizes the top 2.5 percent of lawyers who either are under the age of 40 or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
Real Estate Weekly featured the recent promotions of Gina Piazza and Christopher Tumulty in its Deals and Dealmakers section.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin recently announced the promotions of three lawyers, David Kleinmann and Gina Piazza to partner, and Chris Tumulty to counsel.
TKD continues to grow with the addition of two associates to the firm.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is pleased to announce the promotions of three lawyers, two to partner and one to counsel.
Giuliano Iannaccone spoke with Women's Wear Daily in an exclusive Q&A titled “Retail’s Next Chapter: Re-Imagining the In-Store Experience."
Giuliano Iannaccone was interviewed by Women’s Wear Daily for the article "Retail Outlook 2016: Apparel Drags While Experiential Thrives."
Giuliano Iannaccone was quoted in the FierceRetail article "From Virtual to Physical: A New Path for Retailers."
Giuliano Iannaccone was interviewed on CCTV America for Karina Huber's segment, "Chinese Yuan Devaluation Leads to Lower Prices for US Consumers."
Giuliano Iannaccone was quoted in Home Accents Today's article "Retail Report: Clicks to Bricks."
Giuliano Iannaconne was quoted in The Journal of Commerce article, "Devalued Yuan Gets US Retailers Re-Negotiating With Chinese Suppliers."
Giuliano Iannaccone was quoted in the Reuters article "U.S. Retailers Prod China For Lower Prices After Devaluation" on August 28, 2015.
Giuliano Iannaccone was interviewed by Forbes on the challenges and opportunities for online brands expanding into bricks & mortar stores.
Giuliano Iannaccone was among the professionals interviewed by Women's Wear Daily for an analysis of the consequences of a strong dollar on global businesses, published in the article “Hefty Loot” in the May edition of the fashion magazine.
Giuliano Iannaccone’s work within Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Italian practice was highlighted in the articles published on Milano Finanza on May 30.
Giuliano Iannaccone’s was interviewed by the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera for the article “Gli Stati Uniti sempre più spesso alla ricerca di novità Made in Italy” published on April 27.
Giuliano Iannaccone received a special recognition at the 2013 Legal Community IP Awards on June 17, 2013, for his work with companies in the design industry.
Giuliano Iannaccone was interviewed by Radio24, the Italian national all-news radio station, owned by IlSole24Ore, the Italian financial and legal newspaper.
Giuliano Iannaccone was interviewed in La Stampa, a prestigious Italian newspaper. The interview is part of a larger article on the removal of non-tariff barriers for certain Italian cold cut products that now can be imported in the US.
In a highly anticipated decision, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Melendez v. The City of New York, dismissed a challenge to the “Guaranty Law” and related legislation that was enacted by the New York City Council in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last few years, restaurants, retailers and other businesses have been inundated with lawsuits regarding the accessibility of their websites and mobile applications and the need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now, they may have another issue to contend with: the requirement that store gift cards include Braille.
Giuliano Iannaccone and Luigi Perin recently co-authored Stati Uniti d'America: Diritto e Fiscalità d'Impresa (United States of America: Business Law and Taxation), a comprehensive resource to navigating the complicated business and tax issues facing Italian companies interested in doing business in the United States.
International and Retail Group chair and Italy practice co-chair Giuliano Iannaccone and Italy practice co-chair and International and Retail Group partner Gina Piazza co-authored an article in Women’s Wear Daily titled, "Litigation Trends Brands Need to Know Now to Mitigate Risk.” The article noted that doing business in the United States comes with increased risk and exposure, and highlighted several litigation and enforcement trends that are impacting the U.S. retail sector.
International and Retail Practice Chair Giuliano Iannaccone wrote the article, "Think Tank: Buying Into the Concession Model” for Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). The article addresses how retailers are reintroducing the concession model to attract shoppers. Giuliano discusses the benefits for both brands and department stores entering into a concession agreement and explains the legal challenges of the concession model.
Giuliano Iannaccone co-authored the article "Urban Outfitters is on-trend with acquisition of fast-casual dining brand" in the Retail Times. The article provides insight on the legal and business issues retailers should consider when coupling the fast-casual dining with retail strategy.
Giuliano Iannaccone article, "For Quick-Service Restaurants, It’s Location, Location and Lease" was featured in the Upstart Business Journal.
Giuliano Iannaccone co-authored the article, "For Quick-Service Restaurants, It’s Location, Location and Lease," which was featured in the New York Business Journal. The article covers the importance of site selection and lease negotiations in QSR business development and expansion models.
Giuliano Iannaccone’s article, “E-commerce in USA, attenti alle norme fiscali,” was published in MF Fashion. The article addresses e-commerce and its legal and financial issues in the American market.