Meryl Rosen Bernstein

Northern Virginia

Enjoy dynamic variety

Personal growth

When joining the firm, I believed that I’d be given the opportunity to work on a wide range of intellectually stimulating matters, and I was right. I’ve also made strong connections with other female partners at the firm, which has been invaluable.

The culture here is collaborative, collegial, and supportive. Partners take the time to mentor associates, and associates take the time to mentor each other. 

Professional expertise

I’m the Global Co-Head of the Retail and Fashion Industry Sector Group and have a focus in fashion law. I work with a variety of e-commerce and fashion companies on intellectual property and commercial matters. Most recently, I developed a brand protection strategy for an e-commerce client, handled a U.S. e-commerce compliance review for a major international retailer, and structured an international distribution deal for a leading maker of women's jeans.

I regularly advise clients on intellectual property matters with a particular focus on technology, internet, e-commerce, and branding issues. I have extensive experience in technology transactions and have advised internet, software, retail, pharmaceutical, and financial companies with high-value deals where intellectual property is a critical component. On any given day, I might advise an e-commerce client with respect to its online terms and conditions, or provide counsel on a large-scale technology implementation. Or, I might draft a cease and desist letter to a party infringing on my client’s intellectual property, or advise on intellectual property issues implicated by a complex M&A transaction. 

Deep relationships

When a cross-practice team of lawyers gathered for our recent Consumer Industry Sector Group Retreat, I had the opportunity to meet colleagues from practice groups and different geographies, all of whom work with clients in the consumer industry. It was wonderful to connect with colleagues who attack issues facing the consumer industry from different angles and to consider the international component to key issues I’m helping clients to solve.

It also became clear that although we’re a large firm, we have a boutique feel and a culture of collaboration and collegiality that’s uniform across our offices. We enjoy working together and spending time with one another.