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Phillips Nizer Press Release

May 14, 2004
Contact: Vikki Grodner
(212) 841-0703

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan International Development Corporation & Phillips Nizer To Host Panel of Leading Fashion Designers

NEW YORK – The New York law firm of Phillips Nizer LLP, in conjunction with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) and the Manhattan International Development Corporation (MIDC), will host a fashion and apparel program on Tuesday, May 25, “Keeping Ahead of the Economic Crunch: Strategies and Success Stories.”  The program will feature a panel of established fashion insiders: Jessica Alpert-Goldman, handbag designer, World According to Jess; Emme, model and designer, Emme Associates; Norma Kamali, designer, OMO Normal Kamali Inc.; and Zac and Susan Posen, designer and CEO, respectively,  of Outspoke, Inc.  The program will be held at Phillips Nizer’s Manhattan offices.

Phillips Nizer’s relationship with the fashion and apparel industries is entrenched in garment industry history.  Beginning in 1940s, the firm developed a strong and lengthy relationship with designers and manufacturers of the time.  Today, the firm continues to represent public and privately-held domestic and foreign apparel manufacturers, designers and retailers, providing services in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, franchising, real estate, labor, financing, bankruptcy and tax.  The firm also represents companies whose businesses are fashion industry-related, such as licensing representatives, trade associations, public relations firms and entertainment companies involved in licensing their intellectual property.

Phillips Nizer LLP has been engaged in a wide-ranging practice of domestic and international law for over 75 years.  Established by world-renowned trial attorney Louis Nizer, the firm today consists of almost 80 lawyers, well-respected and recognized in their fields.  The firm’s principal office is in New York City, with additional offices in Garden City, New York and Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is the primary resource for small and medium-sized firms doing business in Manhattan, helping 1,450 members and associates deal with the ever-changing business climate in the city, state, nation and the world.  The Chamber offers a wide range of programs, including seminars, events, networking and referrals.

The Manhattan International Development Corporation's mission is to stimulate the general public’s awareness of international trade opportunities and to provide up-to-date information to assist members in developing strategies to seize these opportunities.  One of MIDC’s key goals is to coordinate business organizations, state economic and commercial agencies, bilateral chambers of commerce, trade and business associations, educational institutions to work together to integrate resources that empower the New York City business community.