Attorney

Robert Ezra, Partner

310.255.6156 |   310.255.6256 |   robert.ezra@ffslaw.com
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Robert EzraRobert Ezra is a partner in our Los Angeles office and head of the firm’s Fashion Law Practice.

Fashion industry expert

Over the course of his 40-year career Mr. Ezra has earned the reputation as a leading lawyer in the apparel, fashion and textiles industry by assisting clients in critical decisions in all aspects of their business operations. He gained practical industry knowledge as an accountant and loan officer to garment makers before he became an attorney. Mr. Ezra also specializes in contractual claims, shareholder and partnership disputes and dissolutions, including provisional
remedies, unfair competition, intellectual property claims and business torts both within and outside the apparel industry. He also has expertise in financing and secured transactions. He devises legally protective and creative resolutions in business conflicts and creates valuable opportunities for clients in the area of financing and business growth. He also advises on copyright and trademark availability and enforcement, and licensing agreements. Mr. Ezra has experience in litigation, labor and employment, financing, letters of credit, factoring and secured transactions, and establishing overseas manufacturing operations. Mr. Ezra is a Certified Business Mediator and was a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Mediation Panel. He is often quoted in fashion and apparel industry publications, and requested to share his expertise with a variety of fashion industry and business organizations.

Honors

He has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and he has been recognized for thirteen consecutive years on the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2007-2019).

Attorney Education

EDUCATION

J.D., Loyola University

B.S., DePaul University

Attorney Admited to Practice

California

Representative Clients and Matters

Dismissal of high profile, alleged slave labor charges by the U.S. Department of Labor against a contracted supplier.

Successful defense of a privately held jeans maker, Z. Cavarrici, in a potentially costly trademark lawsuit.

Aggressive prosecution of trademark infringement on behalf of a denim maker. Ongoing counsel to various businesses in the review and evaluation of their Uniform Commercial Code forms, documentation and transactions.

Devised a profitable exit plan for the owner of a piece goods company that added substantial value to a maturing business.

Argued a malicious prosecution case before California Supreme Court that resulted in the court striking down the ability to sue for malicious prosecution in family law matters, a ruling that continues to stand.

Represented a businessman falsely accused of illegal activity before the California State Supreme Court. The case resolved conflicting appellate rulings defining the rules of privilege.

Structured the sale of a food business pending imminent demise based on incarceration of owner operator, yielding monies for payment of IRS and creditor claims.

Successfully defended real property owner on lis pendens action brought by a credit card company.

Successfully defended sublimation printer from copyright and unfair competition claims.

Set up a network of professionals, including factors and suppliers, to help a start-up design company enter the market.

Called as an expert witness on cases involving secured transactions and has consulted on letter of credit matters.

Litigated and resolved shareholder disputes and Corporate dissolution action involving valuation of business and related real estate.

Successfully represented shareholders in dissolution actions, including California Corporations Code Section 2000 provisional remedies.

Defended corporations and LP partners in dissolution actions, including California Corporations Code Section 500 board proceedings.

Litigated money and warranty claims between foreign bedding supplier and U.S. manufacturer

Litigated copyright infringement claim over fabric design.

Represented client regarding issues of malicious prosecution resulting in an Appellate Court “Bright Line” decision in Family Law matters.

Obtained financing for multiple clients for start-up and distressed companies.

Successfully prosecuted claim for Directors’ breach of fiduciary duty.

Successfully seized counterfeit trademarked goods resulting in cessation of further trademark violations.


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Professional & Community Involvement

Los Angeles Bar Association

California Bar Association

American Bar Association | Commercial and Litigation Division | Business and Business Litigation Divisions

American Bar Association Advisory Board

Southern California State Certified Mediator

Southern California Mediation Association

California Fashion Association | Board of Directors

Textile Professional Club

National Jewish Hospital | National Board of Trustees | (2002 Humanitarian Award)

City of Hope | Board of Directors | Apparel Industry Group

Managing Partners Roundtable

California State Advisory Board Committee

Loyola Law School | Lecturer | Secured Transactions and Factoring

Cedars Sinai | Fashion Industry Guild

Lecturer | Extra Contractual Duties Imposed on Insolvent Corporations

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Presentations & Publications

"Protect Your Company's IPR: Where Does Inspiration End and Appropriation Begin?" | California Fashion Association | August 9, 2017
Author | "Mediation: A Tale of Two Studies" | Apparel News | June 25, 2014
Author | "Fashion Dispute Resolution Makes Legal Disputes a Win-Win Proposition" | Apparel News | February 13, 2014
Author | "Early Neutral Evaluation" | Fashion Dispute Resolution | January 17, 2014
Author | "Basic Guide to Starting a Garment Business and Compliance" | January 15, 2014
Author | "How to Buy Prints Without Buying a Lawsuit" | Apparel News | September 18, 2012
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Media Coverage

“Speaking Unique Language of Apparel Law and Finance” | San Fernando Valley Business Journal | April 2008
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