A fashion design expert witness typically has a background and extensive experience in the apparel industry, clothing design, footwear design, and/or textile technology. A fashion design expert witness should have an understanding of the fashion industry, market size, market share, market trends, and competitive landscape. The expert witness chosen could be a member of an industry organization, such as the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the Arts of Fashion Foundation (AOF), or Fashion Group International (FGI).
Matters requiring fashion design expert witness services often involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, trade secrets, industrial design rights, trade dress, and trademarks. Litigation support by a fashion designer could include an expert report, expert opinion, expert testimony, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the lead attorney may request a fashion industry specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience. An expert witness needs to possess the ability to explain evidence and industry standards to a judge and jury.
Cahn Litigation Services is often called on by leading law firms to locate expert witnesses that can support fashion industry matters. Whether the case involves branding, apparel design, footwear, garment textiles, or visual merchandising, Cahn has the experience needed to turn an expert search around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation for providing experts with the right balance of expertise and testimony experience for each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Fashion Design experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Fashion Design landscape.
This expert's main area of expertise is footwear and footwear construction, manufacture and design including the use of both functional and decorative elements. Recent projects have included analysis of patents and the uses of fasteners, functional and decorative, applied to footwear and accessories.
This expert is currently a Consultant to the legal and corporate communities in the areas of intellectual property, patent and trademark infringement, and copyright and trade dress issues in fashion and accessory design. Previously this expert taught at multiple design schools. Instruction included Footwear Design, Handbag & Accessory Design, and 2D and 3D model making. This expert holds a degree in Accessory Design, a BFA, an MFA and has studied at a prestigious art institute.
This expert was a designer of fashion forward women's shoes for companies in multiple countries. This expert's shoes have been in virtually every department and specialty store in America, and this expert's knowledge of sandals is thorough, having worked as the Designer for a domestic sandal manufacturer. Considered one of the "IT-Designers" of the shoe industry, this expert played a key role in defining the direction of footwear design. This expert has spent many years teaching Applied Footwear Design and Advanced Footwear Development at a Fashion Institute. This expert has prior litigation experience, but has not had the opportunity to testify in court.
This expert is a designer, artist, and educator, and well versed in shoe design and specifically in construction. This expert has designed and supervised the construction details of 100's of thousands of shoes. In many years of producing women's footwear, this expert has collaborated hands-on with over 50 factories, designing and crafting collections ranging from casuals to the finest couture level dress shoes. International fashion magazines have featured this expert's creations, and high-end department stores have sold this expert's creations.
This expert is a design consultant and part-time lecturer in the fashion department at a School of Design where this expert teaches Shoe Construction. This expert brings the eye of a sculptor and the precise methodology of an architect to practice. In the classroom this expert promotes an individualized approach to exploration of style, form and materiality and closely guides each student to achieve their personal goals. This expert holds a BFA, has received many awards and accolades for work, and sketches of this expert's work have appeared in published books.
This expert is a star in the world of women's fashion footwear. The designer will launch a women's label with a strong focus on leather flats. This expert has studied apparel and worked in the footwear industry for over many years for a variety of well-known high-end brands. This expert complimented a professional experience with learning from top shoemaking resources to understand the business from a craftsmanship perspective. Specializing in the design and development of private-label shoes for women, this expert has developed new molds, heels, outsoles and other components. This expert has created entire collections of footwear, consisting of nearly 100 styles per season for retail in the US and Canada. This expert is also highly familiar with both the manufacturing and retail sales side of the industry. This expert has been deposed and testified.