Fashion Law


Fashion law deals with the day to day business problems of the fashion and beauty industries. As with other recently developed sub-specialties of business law, fashion law is actually a compilation of several different legal disciplines. Fashion law incorporates relevant concepts from intellectual property, commercial sales, customs, real estate, employment, advertising law, and more.


Fashion Attorney, Blogger, Marketer, Enthusiast




Fashion Attorney, Mariessa Terrell, is President of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (www.waladc.org) and the founder of Fashion Trademarks www.FashionTrademarks.biz launched to provide discounted IP services to emerging leaders in the fashion and beauty industries. Fashion Trademarks is the newest division of SBC IP Law Group.

SBC IP Law Group is a boutique brand management and intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC. Through SBC and Fashion Trademarks, Mariessa Terrell provides docketing, marketing, licensing, and intellectual property law (trademark, copyright) services, to a variety of clients including, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Gloria Gelfand Fashion Marketing Company; Soapy Love cosmetics and many others.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Terrell worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office as a Trademark Examining Attorney and helped register trademarks for the leaders in the fashion and beauty industries, including Estee Lauder, Balenciaga, Revlon, Dooney & Burke, Johnson and Johnson and many others.  Before joining the USPTO, Mariessa served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Cheryl Long, who presided over the Tax Division of the Superior Court of District of Columbia.

An expert in the field of marketing and intellectual property, Mariessa has lectured on branding and trademark law at Howard University, the Arts Institute of Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Institute; has taught a MBA graduate studies Advanced Marketing Management course at Southeastern University and currently teaches Fashion Trend Forecasting at the Community College of the District of Columbia.

In 2011, Mariessa founded the Fashion Law and Policy Center (www.fashionlawpolicycenter.com), a non profit organization whose mission is to provide fashion law education and research services to creatives, attorneys and law students.

In addition to practicing law Mariessa has initiated a series of projects to not only recognize the achievements of DC’s burgeoning creative communities but also to expose District residents to fashion arts education while promoting local retailers. In 2006 her efforts resulted in a contract with the WDC Economic Partnership to create a District wide retail guide, Unique Places and a contract with University of the District of Columbia to assist Stephany Greene (Fashion Merchandising Coordinator for the University of District of Columbia) with researching and drafting a proposal to create a UDC Fashion Merchandising Program. (The UDC Fashion Merchandising Program was created in September 2010.)

In April 2007 Mariessa drafted legislation (Bill 17-173) to create a Commission on Fashion Arts and Events in DC. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill into law in April 2008.

Mariessa is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and writes a fashion law and lifestyle blog entitled, Yoo Hoo Darling. (www.yoohoodarling.com)

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