Donna Frosco is a member of Dunnington’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, construction, litigation and arbitration practice areas and is the contact for the firm’s U.K. Desk. Ms. Frosco has more than two decades of first-hand, real world experience and understanding of bottom line business impacts of legal matters as well as the complexities of the laws involved. She uses this experience as transactional, general business and litigation/dispute resolution/appellate counsel to clients ranging from start-ups and individual entrepreneurs to SMEs and major multinational entities.
Ms. Frosco represents clients in all facets of trademark, copyright, trade secrets and design rights. Her extensive experience allows her to represent trademark and copyright owners from initial concept/idea stage, through development and transactions and, if necessary, dispute resolution. She regularly represents domestic and foreign clients concerning trademark registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and counsels clients concerning protection of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and proprietary information as well as legal issues related to brand development. Ms. Frosco represents licensors and licensees, including regarding acquisition of exclusive world-wide rights to major marks and labels. She advises clients concerning intellectual property transfers and non-disclosure and non-competition agreements. She consults on intellectual property strategies, audits and documents in M&A and other transactions. She counsels clients on enforcement of their intellectual property rights and compliance and proper use of the intellectual property of others. Ms. Frosco also represents clients in intellectual property infringement actions involving trademark, copyright and patent.
Data and Technology Law
Ms. Frosco represents construction industry clients including construction managers, general contractors and owners in all phases of construction projects including bidding, negotiation, contract preparation, mechanic’s liens, green building practices and general counsel matters. She also represents clients in land development transactions, including those impacted by environmental contamination. She serves as lead counsel in construction-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Ms. Frosco has broad experience representing clients as lead counsel in commercial litigation and has successfully contested issues of first impression in New York and nationally. Her work often involves consultants and expert witnesses in the arts and tech industries. She has appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative boards and tribunals, arbitrators and mediators, as well as the International Trade Commission, and the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Ms. Frosco has been a guest lecturer on copyright, licensing, corporate espionage and intellectual property litigation for Pace University Law School. She regularly presents to both lawyers and non-lawyers on intellectual property, art law, cyber law, litigation and dispute resolution and construction law and has been a guest columnist in the Westchester Business Journal concerning copyright. She is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy certificate recipient.
Ms. Frosco is a Past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, the state’s second largest statewide bar association and a United Nations NGO. She is a Past President of the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), a national association of attorneys and members of the Federal judiciary. She serves on the Executive Committee of New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment Arts and Sports Law (“EASL”) Section as Co-Chair of the Section’s International Committee and was a past Co-Chair of the Trademark & Copyright Committee. Ms. Frosco is a Fellow of both the American Bar Association Foundation and the Foundation of the New York Bar Association. She serves on the governing Committee of the London-based Society of English and American Lawyers and is a member by invitation of the International Women’s Forum – United Kingdom chapter where she Co-Chairs the Arts and Cultural Affairs SIG.
Ms. Frosco earned both J.D. and LL.M. (International & Comparative Law) degrees from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Boston College (History; concentration in Art History). She was Editor-In-Chief of the Duke International & Comparative Law Annual. She is U.S. qualified, being admitted to practice in New York, California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., as well as before the United States Supreme Court.