Charles Colman founded Charles Colman Law, PLLC, in January 2011 in order to provide cost-effective, industry-specific legal representation to individuals and companies in fashion, music, art, media, and new technology. Charles was previously a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he worked on cases involving breach of contract, fraud, false advertising, trademark, patent, and copyright, among many other areas of law.
Charles has been an active voice in the emerging field of "fashion law." From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Co-Chair of the Fashion Design Legislation Subcommittee at the American Bar Association. Charles is also the sponsor and a current member of the Fashion Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association.
Charles often speaks on panels where legal issues in fashion (as well as music, art, and technology) are discussed and debated. He has appeared before audiences at, among other venues, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the International Association of Lawyers, and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, as well as at Brooklyn Law School, Cardozo Law School, Columbia Law School, Howard Law School, NYU Law School, and Penn Law School.
In 2011 and 2012, Charles was invited to deliver a series of guest lectures to BFA students at Parsons, The New School for Design. In Spring 2013, he co-taught an undergraduate course, "International Business Strategies and Fashion Law," at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, alongside FIT's Director of Entrepreneurship (and former CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels) Henry Welt. In June 2013, Charles joined the full-time faculty of NYU Law School, teaching litigation and transactional skills through the school's innovative Lawyering Program. In January 2014, he took on the additional role of Adjunct Professor in NYU's Costume Studies M.A. Program, where he teaches fashion history and theory.
Charles regularly posts on the blog LAW OF FASHION, addressing legal issues of interest to individuals and companies in fashion, media, and art. (The blog's affiliated LinkedIn group, also called LAW OF FASHION, counts among its over 2800 members many leading law firm partners and in-house counsel at top fashion corporations.) Charles has also written for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest, Law360 and other web publications, and has contributed articles on intellectual property law to print periodicals like Intellectual Property Magazine, the American Bar Association's LANDSLIDE Magazine, and Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters.
Charles is the author of a chapter on intellectual property law in West's Navigating Fashion Law: Leading Lawyers on Exploring the Trends, Cases, and Strategies of Fashion Law, and has contributed a section on copyright law to the highly anticipated second edition of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys. His writing on IP law has also appeared in Professor Alan Nemeth's undergraduate textbook v. (versus): Case Law, Concepts, & American Society (Cognella 2012). Charles is currently putting the finishing touches on a single-volume treatise, tentatively titled Fashion and Copyright and slated for publication by LexisNexis-Matthew Bender in mid-2014.
Charles has been profiled by Forbes and by leading legal industry blog Above The Law, and has been quoted in publications ranging from fashion- and jewelry-industry trade magazines to periodicals for IP attorneys to mainstream media outlets, both in the U.S. and abroad. His firm's matters have been covered by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and Time, among many other media outlets.
Charles graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Linguistics (cum laude, distinction in major), and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), where he served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. Charles is admitted to practice law in New York, before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.