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Charles E. Colman

Copyright infringement Attorney at New York, NY

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
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Charles ("Chuck") 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.  Chuck was previously a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he handled cases involving breach of contract, fraud, false advertising, trademark, and copyright, among many other areas of law.


Chuck 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. Chuck is also the sponsor of the newly created Fashion Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association.


In 2011 and 2012, Chuck 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 School of Law; in January 2014, he took on the additional role of Faculty Fellow in NYU's Costume Studies M.A. Program.


Chuck 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 4,700 members many leading law firm partners and in-house counsel from around the world.)  Chuck has also had articles published (or accepted for future publication) by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest, and numerous other publications.  His first book, on the social history of design patents, will be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2016.


Chuck 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 contributed a section on copyright law to the highly anticipated second edition of Barbara Kolsun and Guillermo Jimenez's Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys.  Chuck's writing on IP law has also appeared in Professor Alan Nemeth's undergraduate textbook v. (versus): Case Law, Concepts, & American Society (Cognella 2012).


Chuck has been profiled by Forbes and by top-ranked legal industry blog Above The Law, and has been quoted in publications ranging from fashion 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 TimesNew York Magazine, The Atlantic, and Time, among other prominent publications.


Chuck 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.  Chuck is admitted to practice law in New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Charles Colman Law, PLLC
419 Lafayette Street
6th Floor
New York, NY, 10003

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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2013
Positive outcome
Charles helped me address an intellectual property infringement and we had the most positive result possible from our cease and desist letter. He was generous with his time in our initial consultation, and very thorough in explaining all the issues and potential outcomes. It was pretty clear IP infringement and design was an area of expertise. We also discussed how to protect my designs going forward. I would recommend Charles to any fellow designers or vendors in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Satisfied Customer | June 24, 2013
Highly recommend Charles
I had a Trademark Infringement case few month ago and I spoke to 5 attorneys before I reached Charles on the phone and within 5 mins of talking to him I was absolutely confident in him, he kind of told me what would be the outcome in this sort of cases even before he looked at any documents, he was able to get into to an agreement with 2 days with the opposing counsel, then he worked with me few weeks and we were able to settle the matter . He is a subject matter expert and I would highly recommend him
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Posted by Jeff | October 11, 2011
Legal counsel for copyright ownership dispute
Charles represented me on a legal matter that involved a copyright ownership dispute. He was extremely knowledgeable on the law surrounding my specific situation and kept me updated at all times during the course of the dispute and negotiations. Charles' legal advice and representation helped me achieve a favorable outcome and resolution on the the matter at hand. I would certainly trust Charles with any future matters and can highly recommend his services.
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Work Experience

  • Faculty Fellow
  • NYU Costume Studies M.A. Program
  • 2014 - Present
  • Acting Assistant Professor
  • New York University School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Founder/Attorney
  • Charles Colman Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Columbia University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2009
  • Yale University
  • BA
  • 2003


  • The Center for the Study of Fashion, Law, and Society
  • Founder
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Sponsoring Member, Fashion Law Committee
  • 2011 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Special Committee on Copyrights and New Technologies
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Fashion Design Legislation
  • 2010 - 2013
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Publications Subcommittee, Animal Law Committee
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia Law School
  • 2009
  • Cum laude; Distinction in Major
  • Yale University
  • 2003


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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to Fashion Institute of Technology faculty
  • “Introduction to Intellectual Property Law"
  • 2012
  • Columbia Law School
  • "What Is 'Fashion Law'?"
  • 2011
  • Brooklyn Law School, 2011 Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
  • "Illuminating Focus on the Blurred Line Between Aesthetics and Functionality"
  • 2011
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