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Fashion and Retail Law 2017: Trends and Developments


Speaker(s): Colin Fraser, David J. Mack, Frances P. Hadfield, Howard S. Hogan, Hun Quach, Janet M. Weiss, John Maltbie, Laurie J. Gentile, Lois F. Herzeca, Neyha G. Rajan, Paula L. Barnes, Seth Blinder, Stephanie Sheridan, Stephen Lamar
Recorded on: May. 2, 2017
PLI Program #: 186482

Paula Barnes is Senior Counsel with Macy’s, Inc. and serves as a marketing law and corporate retail law generalist advising her Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury clients on a variety of retail operational issues.  Her practice area at Macy’s, Inc. includes providing advice on advertising, social media and digital marketing, cause marketing, regulatory including FTC Endorsement guidelines and brand protection matters, as well as reviewing, drafting and negotiating vendor contracts, Designer collaboration and other licensing/co-branding agreements, sponsorship, special event, software and SEO agreements, data analytics, digital agreements, and talent releases.  In addition, Ms. Barnes serves as primary counsel to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s corporate executive and regional management on store asset protection policies and procedures and provides counsel on theft investigations.

Ms. Barnes has been active in a number of local and national bar associations and public service and social justice organizations.  She is a member of the United Nations Association, New York chapter, formerly served as a Board Member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and serves as an Adjunct Professor with Fordham University School of Law.  Ms. Barnes participates in the Women In-House Council Leadership Institute and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Retail Law group, as well as a member of Corporate Counsel Women of Color.  At Macy’s she served as a member of the Law Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, working with the Communication and Pipeline sub-committee, is a 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and served as the past Office Chair for the Street Law Mentoring program and Bag Hunger campaign.  At MetLife, Ms. Barnes served as a Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee’s Bar Association Liaison sub-committee, where she oversaw the subcommittee’s budget, executed strategy to meet the goals and objectives of both the sub-committee and overall Diversity Committee’s mission and helped plan a number of the sub-committee’s signature events, including the annual Diverse Bar Leaders’ Roundtables.

Prior to joining Macy’s, Ms. Barnes was counsel with MetLife and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert Morgenthau.  While at MetLife, Ms. Barnes provided counsel on the distribution of MetLife products through the agent and independent broker channels, including the review of sales and promotional material for regulatory and IP compliance, and the drafting and negotiation of vendor agreements.  Her expertise included serving as a primary distribution attorney for MetLife’s field agencies providing advice to management regarding branding initiatives, including marketing campaigns, as well as brand enforcement measures.

As a trial attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, she successfully prosecuted numerous general misdemeanor and felony crimes, before being selected to join the Child Abuse Bureau, where she successfully prosecuted felony child abuse crimes and served as a Supervisor for the unit’s Summer Interns.

Education

Howard University School of Law (Washington, D.C.), cum laude

University of Louisville, B.A., English, cum laude

Speaking Engagements

  • Presented on Best Practices for Conducting Investigations at the Retail Symposium hosted by the New York State Retail Association and Macy’s (June 2015)
  • Presented on Working with Talent and Influencers to Promote Your Brand at the American Conference Institute’s Women Leaders in Advertising and Marketing Law Conference (October 2015)
  • Co-Panelist on Cause Marketing at the Brand Activation Association/ Association of National Advertisers conference (November 2016)


Colin Fraser is a commercial litigator with experience in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, and in arbitration and mediation, with a principal focus on complex matters. He is experienced in managing cases at the trial court level, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, and trial. He also has experience prosecuting appeals appeals before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal. Colin also represents clients before legislative and regulatory bodies at the local and state levels.  Colin has handled cases with claims exceeding several billion dollars in potential liability and has experience in a broad range of areas affecting business clients.

Areas of Concentration

  • Media, entertainment and technology litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Real estate and state and local property tax
  • Transnational litigation
  • The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Advertising litigation
  • Consumer Protection Litigation (UCL, FAL, CLRA)
  • The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

Awards and Recognition

  • Team member, "Litigation Department of the Year" (Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP), The American Lawyer, 2010, 2012, 2015

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Southern California Law School, 2009

B.A., with honors, Boston College, 2005


David J. Mack is a restructuring lawyer and investor with over 20 years’ experience.

He is currently an independent director at TerraForm Global, Inc., an affiliate of SunEdison, Inc. TerraForm Global owns equity in TerraForm Global, LLC, a globally diversified renewable energy company that controls wind and solar power plants and long-term contractual arrangements to sell the electricity generated by its power plants to third parties.

Most recently, Mr. Mack was a Managing Director at Perry Capital LLC, a New York City based investment firm, where he managed restructurings and complex litigations since 2009. Prior to Perry Capital, Mr. Mack was a counsel in the bankruptcy and restructuring group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he worked on many complex restructurings. Mr. Mack has also worked at Linklaters LLP in London and Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney.

Mr. Mack is a member of the New York Bar and is also admitted in NSW, Australia and England.


Frances P. Hadfield is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group in the firm's New York office. Her practice focuses on customs litigation and regulatory compliance. She regularly advises corporations on both litigation and regulatory matters involving customs compliance, audits, customs enforcement, as well as import penalties.

Frances represents clients before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as in proceedings at the administrative level. She advises corporations on both substantive federal and state regulatory issues that involve U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife in matters pertaining to product admissibility, audits, classification, import restrictions, investigations, marking, licenses, origin, penalties, and tariff preference programs.

Frances has assisted clients in a broad array of industries (e.g., agricultural, apparel and footwear, automotive, cameras, electronics, equipment and machinery, glassware, household goods, lighting, petroleum, and hand tools), providing creative tariff solutions and duty recovery options that enable clients to obtain significant duty savings.

Moreover, in enforcement instances she has worked to mitigate substantially proposed customs penalties.

Frances was also a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, she was an attorney at a boutique customs practice in New York City for over ten years. She is a licensed customs broker and has taught tariff classification and customs valuation.

Representative Experience

Led three-day bench trial at U.S. Court of International Trade involving six fact witnesses and two expert witnesses resulting in a duty decrease for cotton shelf brassiere tank tops from 16.5 percent ad valorem to 10.8 percent ad valorem.

Settled $1.5 million defective apparel goods case.

Settled importer's trademark infringement case regarding handbags at the S.D.N.Y.

Assists clients with establishing import compliance programs.

Recent Speaking Engagements

"Corporate Responsibility: Child Labor and Sustainability: Overview of International Treaties  and U.S. Laws Affecting Child Labor and Sustainability Issues," Federal Bar Association's 2017  Fashion Law Conference, New York, NY (Feb. 10, 2017) Panelist: Preetha Chakrabarti.
Moderator: Frances P. Hadfield

PRACTICES

  • International Trade
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Regulatory & Policy
  • Customs Law
  • Fashion Law

Admissions/Affiliations

Admitted to practice:

New York,

U.S. Court of International Trade,

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, United States Supreme Court

Other Memberships

Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA)

Co-Chair, CITBA Trial and Appellate Practice Committee (2012-Present)


Howard S. Hogan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products group.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Hogan has handled numerous complex cases in a variety of federal and state courts in several different substantive areas including general commercial, securities and employment matters, and internal investigations.

Mr. Hogan’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling, including trademark, copyright, patent, false advertising, right of publicity, licensing, and trade secret matters.  Mr. Hogan has represented various corporations and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, sports, fashion, cosmetics, entertainment, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and online services.  A significant portion of Mr. Hogan’s practice involves computer, Internet, and new media-related issues.  He has represented and counseled a wide variety of companies on these issues, whether they are Internet-focused companies or traditional brick–and–mortar companies.  Many of Mr. Hogan’s matters have tested the application of traditional legal principles to the Internet and new media, such as in connection with issues of Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, and the application of trademark and copyright law to search engines, social media, and online sales.  Mr. Hogan also regularly counsels clients in connection with the application of privacy law to online commercial activities and data breaches, and has assisted clients with several substantial trade secrets and information security matters. 

Mr. Hogan is a frequent lecturer and writer on intellectual property and technology-related issues.  For example, Mr. Hogan is the co-author, with Gibson Dunn partner Lois Herzeca, of Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers, a treatise published by the Practising Law Institute (2013).  Mr. Hogan is also co-author of the trademark and domain name chapters of the treatise, Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace, published in 2011 by Bloomberg BNA in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and updated annually.  Mr. Hogan has also been a speaker at meetings of the International Trademark Association on "Competitors’ Use of Keyword Advertising and Search Engine Optimization"; the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas on "Data Customization and Privacy – Can They Coexist,?"; the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law on "Recent Developments in Survey Evidence"; and Comic-Con San Diego on entertainment law issues as part of the "Comic Book Law School" program.  Mr. Hogan has also provided commentary on intellectual property issues for CBS News, Bloomberg TV, and National Public Radio, and he has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Law360, Electronic Commerce & Law Report, The Recorder, and Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Hogan devotes significant time to assisting not-for-profit organizations with different issues.  In 2008, the Meals on Wheels Association of America honored Mr. Hogan with its ‘Friend of the Year Award’ for his assistance to MOWAA’s efforts to end senior hunger, and Mr. Hogan has served on the Boards of Directors for the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, among others. 

From 1999-2000 Mr. Hogan was Law Clerk to the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In 1994, Mr. Hogan helped to initiate the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps, where he served as a Team Leader until 1996 and received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1995.  Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Hogan was an associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.

Mr. Hogan received his B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1994 in International Relations, Law, and Organization, Phi Beta Kappa with a European Studies Certificate.  In 1999 he received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Commentator and Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board.  Mr. Hogan is also an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where he spent the 1992-93 academic term as a visiting student.

Mr. Hogan is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the D.C. Circuit and the Federal Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the Eastern District of Texas.


Janet M. Weiss assists clients in achieving their objectives in complex bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. Whether representing debtors, creditors, strategic buyers or other interested parties, Janet’s strong transactional skills coupled with her practical business sense enable her to develop creative solutions in corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings.

Janet has represented debtors, creditors, committees, secured lenders, debtor-in-possession financiers and acquirers in substantial chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.  She also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, retail insolvencies, and bankruptcy aspects of asset-backed and mortgage-backed financings.  In addition, she has assisted structuring corporate transactions to minimize insolvency risks.

Janet is a frequent speaker and writer on bankruptcy and financial restructuring law topics.  She has lectured at ABA, American Bankruptcy Institute, New York City bar and PLI programs.  She has written articles on the intersection of bankruptcy and trademarks, indentures and real estate, among other topics.

Ms. Weiss was educated at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her B.A., cum laude, and her J.D.


John Maltbie has served as the Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement for Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. since October 2012.  In that role, he oversees the intellectual property civil litigation and enforcement activities for some of the world’s most famous luxury brands, including, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, Kenzo, Berluti, and Loewe.  Prior to joining Louis Vuitton, John was an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP, among others, where he represented clients, including, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Nike, adidas, Paramount Pictures, and Pernod Ricard, with respect to intellectual property issues ranging from trademark prosecution and licensing to brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting.  John has written a number of articles and chapters concerning intellectual property and was recognized by the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012 as an “Associate to Watch” for Intellectual Property.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.


Laurie J. Gentile is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Nine West Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in Manhattan.  Nine West Holdings is a leading global designer and marketer of branded footwear, accessories and apparel.  Its well-known brands include Nine West, Anne Klein, Bandolino, Kasper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Napier and Judith Jack, as well as licensed brands for jewelry such as Givenchy, Marchesa, Jenny Packham and Ivanka Trump.   

As in-house counsel, Laurie is responsible for maintaining, protecting and enforcing the company’s domestic and international portfolio of trademarks, patents and copyrights and domain names.  She advises the company on IP acquisitions and sales, licensing, infringement claims and litigation, new brand and product launches and expansions, advertising and marketing promotions, endorsement agreements, social media, e-commerce issues, privacy policies, design collaborations and charitable co-ventures.  She also participates on behalf of Nine West Holdings as a member of INTA and the Brand Protection Council of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

Laurie joined Nine West Group in 1999 after several years as an associate at Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Manhattan.  Prior to that, she was an associate in the litigation department of Donovan Leisure Newton and Irvine in New York City.  She began her career as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey.

Laurie is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.


Lois F. Herzeca is an executive advisor to early stage companies in the fashion, beauty and media industries. She is a lecturer in Law on fashion and retail law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a member of the Advisory Board of the FAME (Fashion, Art, Media and Entertainment) Center at Cardozo School of Law, and a retired partner of the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she was Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Practice Group.

Ms. Herzeca advises companies on significant legal and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, license agreements and joint ventures, counseling companies in a wide range of industries.

Ms. Herzeca was named a "Dealmaker of the Year 2012" by The American Lawyer for her representation of Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. in its $3.4 billion business combination transaction with Alleghany Corporation.  She was named a "Dealmaker of the Week" by The American Lawyer for her representation of CommScope, Inc. in its sale to The Carlyle Group for $3.9 billion in 2011.  She was ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and as one of Avenue Magazine's "Top Women Lawyers" in New York City.

A preeminent fashion and retail lawyer, Lois Herzeca is the co-author, with Gibson Dunn partner Howard Hogan, of Fashion Law and Business:  Brands & Retailers, a comprehensive guide to fashion law, published by the Practising Law Institute (2013).

Ms. Herzeca's fashion, apparel and celebrity clients and transactions have included:  Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Thom Browne, David Yurman, Brian Atwood, Rachel Roy, Tabitha Simmons, Mila Kunis, Rachel Zoe, L'Wren Scott, Maria Cornejo, Loeffler Randall, Dannijo, Beth Ditto, Milk Studios, Farfetch and Zumba Fitness.  She has also represented Goldman, Sachs & Co. as financial advisor in numerous public M&A retail industry deals, including Sycamore Partners' acquisition of Belk Inc., Ascena Retail Group's acquisition of Ann Inc., and the Hudson's Bay acquisition of Saks Inc.

Ms. Herzeca has written more than 40 articles for legal and financial publications.  She has also spoken at conferences for the Practising Law Institute, Mergermarket, the Strategic Research Institute and The Conference Board.  Ms. Herzeca has been quoted extensively in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Law 360, The AmLaw Daily, Investment Dealers Digest, New York Magazine and The New York Law Journal.

Ms. Herzeca earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Boston University School of Law. In 2009, Boston University honored her with an Alumni Pro Bono award recognizing her many community-based and international pro bono initiatives. Ms. Herzeca advises public and private companies, private equity firms, and investment banks, on significant legal and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, license agreements and joint ventures.  Although she counsels companies in a wide range of industries, she specializes in the fashion and retail industries.


Neyha G. Rajan is Vice President, Corporate Compliance & Privacy Counsel of Tailored Brands, Inc., parent company of Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud Clothiers, K&G Fashion Superstore and other brands sold around the world. For over five years, Ms. Rajan’s legal practice has focused on data security and information privacy, and advertising and promotional law. She regularly advises internal business clients regarding cutting edge and ever-changing privacy issues in the increasingly data driven world of retail and e-commerce. She also is responsible for legal compliance of marketing and promotional campaigns of all the brands under the Tailored Brands umbrella, including compliance with US state and federal and Canadian advertising disclosures, “Made in USA” regulations, and FTC endorsement guides on social media and other digital advertising.

Prior to joining Tailored Brands, Ms. Rajan was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP’s San Francisco office, where she practiced securities litigation and appellate law, for seven years. Ms. Rajan has a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!), and a J.D. from University of California, Davis. In her spare time, Ms. Rajan enjoys championing corporate diversity initiatives, mentoring students and young people, reading and spending time with her husband and three young children.


Seth Blinder is Chief Consumer Privacy Officer at Goldman Sachs, where he is responsible for privacy regulatory compliance for Goldman Sachs’ consumer businesses.

Prior to Goldman, Seth was Senior Counsel, Data Protection at MasterCard, where he provided privacy support to global, regional and local business units on privacy compliance, industry best practices, corporate policies, contract drafting and negotiation and implementing privacy by design for product development and product expansion.  Seth also provided data privacy support to MasterCard’s corporate development and M&A team.

Prior to MasterCard, Seth practiced in the New York offices of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he focused on M&A and corporate and financial transactions.  He also worked in-house at Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Digital Business legal group, where he advised on a range of digital distribution and e-commerce transactions.

Seth graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School and from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences.


Stephanie Sheridan has fine-tuned her legal expertise and practice concentrating on business and commercial litigation, with a distinct emphasis on defending consumer class actions, product liability, and matters involving California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. She counsels clients on California’s Proposition 65 and compliance with the mandates of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In addition to being the managing partner for Sedgwick’s San Francisco office, Ms. Sheridan also founded and serves as the chair of the Retail and Fashion Industry Practice Group, representing retailers across the country in all aspects of litigation, and counsels clients regarding accordance with state and local laws, regulations and agency mandates.

Ms. Sheridan has been on the forefront of privacy statutes and is a recognized expert in the defense against FACTA (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act) claims and California’s Song Beverly Credit Card Act class actions. Since 2014, Ms. Sheridan has defended retailers across the country in cases involving allegations of deceptive pricing schemes for both full price and outlet retailers. She advises clients regularly on California’s “Made in the USA” statute and is a frequent author and speaker for retail law organizations and in-house counsel regarding trends affecting retailers. In fact, she recently co-authored a chapter in Aspatore Books’ 2016 edition of Navigating Fashion Law.

Based on her in-depth knowledge across different business sectors, coupled with her extensive trial experience, Ms. Sheridan is known for her ability to identify strategic resolutions that protect and balance her clients’ financial interests, business objectives and customer relationships.

Jury Trial Experience

Ms. Sheridan has tried many civil jury actions to verdict, which have all resulted in defense verdicts or, in one case, a verdict that required no monetary payout from her client. Her defense verdict in an alleged brain injury case was chosen by the California Daily Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” of the year. The publication ran a feature story on Ms. Sheridan and her successful defense strategy. She has also successfully defended at trial the food and hospitality industry, an automotive component manufacturer and a large utility company.

Representative Matters

Ms. Sheridan’s class action defense expertise and established track record of successful motion practice and defeating class certification includes the defense of a Fortune 10 company in a national class actions involving allegations of consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, warranty and statutory claims; the defeat of consumer class action on behalf of an automobile manufacturer on a motion to dismiss and defeating class certification on behalf of an international office services company in consumer class actions involving claims of statutory violations. She obtained a dismissal of a class action against a medical device company on an initial Motion to Dismiss; secured multiple dismissals of deceptive pricing class actions against retailers and defeated a class action on behalf of universities in consumer class actions alleging deceptive representations. She led the defense of retailers in multi-state class action matters alleging data security and privacy violations and advises clients on state and federal laws governing automatic-renewal and continuous service programs.


As Vice President for International Trade, Hun Quach coordinates with RILA's government affairs team to advance the retail industry's trade policy agenda. RILA's lead expert on international trade, Quach acts as a liaison between RILA members and Congress as the industry voices its support for a U.S. federal trade policy that fosters economic growth.

In her most recent experience, Quach served as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. Leading the largest expansion of the Office of Congressional Affairs, Quach provided strategic policy and political guidance to senior Administration officials, and served as a liaison to Congressional Members on trade negotiations.

Prior to joining USTR, Quach spent seven years as International Trade Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she advised the Committee Chairman, Senators and staff on international trade issues, and built coalitions among government, business, and non-governmental organizations to support the Chairman’s legislative priorities.

Quach earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Washington.


As Executive Vice President, and as liaison to AAFA’s Government Contracts Committee, AAFA’s Government Relations Committee, and AAFA’s Brand Protection Council, Stephen E. Lamar is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering government procurement, counterfeiting/intellectual property rights, international trade, market access, customs, labor, environment, and product safety. In these roles, Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. In addition, Steve serves as the liaison to AAFA’s Legwear Committee. Prior to AAFA, Steve was a trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Commerce Department, Steve served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.