WHO I AM


WILLIAM P. FORNI, ESQ.


William Forni I AM NOT YOUR TYPICAL LAWYER. I DO NOT JUST WORK TO LIVE, BUT RATHER LIVE AND THRIVE WHILE I WORK. I ACCOMPLISH THIS THROUGH AUTHENTICITY IN ALL THAT I DO; NURTURING GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY CLIENTS AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY TACKLING CHALLENGES WITH CREATIVITY; AND GIVING PURPOSE TO EACH OF MY CLIENT'S PASSION; THEIR IDEAS, THEIR PRODUCTS, THEIR CUSTOMERS, AND THEIR BUSINESSES.

MY COMBINED LEGAL, BOTH FIRM AND IN-HOUSE, AND REAL WORLD WORK EXPERIENCE OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS LED TO MY PRACTICAL, OUTCOME-ORIENTED APPROACH TO LAWYERING.

FROM THE FRONT LINES OF LUXURY RETAIL WITH LOUIS VUITTON AND DOLCE & GABBANA TO THE LEGAL DEPARTMENTS OF LVMH AND CALVIN KLEIN, I GAINED INSIGHT INTO RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL COMPANY AND ENHANCED MY BUSINESS ACUMEN. DIPLOMATICALLY NAVIGATING RELATIONSHIPS ON THE COMPETITIVE WOMEN’S DESIGNER SALES FLOOR AT BARNEY’S NEW YORK POLISHED MY STRONG INTERPERSONAL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS.

DURING NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN A SMALL FIRM ENVIRONMENT, I HANDLED MATTERS FROM START TO FINISH, AND MOST OF MY CLIENT COMMUNICATION WAS IN FRENCH. AN UNABASHED FAN OF CONTRACT DRAFTING AND SELF-PROCLAIMED “REDLINE ENTHUSIAST,” I TRULY ENJOY PREPARING, ADVISING ON, AND NEGOTIATING AGREEMENTS TAILORED TO MY CLIENTS’ NEEDS. I APPROACH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WITH SIMILAR ZEAL—WHETHER IT IS CLEARANCE OF A TRADEMARK, MAINTENANCE OF A GLOBAL PORTFOLIO, OR ASSISTANCE IN THE CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A STRATEGIC BRAND ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. I ENDEAVOR TO ACHIEVE MY CLIENTS’ GOALS WHILE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT BOTH LEGAL ISSUES AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF BUDGET AND PUBLIC RELATIONS. 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I LOVE TO TRAVEL. MY STUDIES IN FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AFFORDED ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE, STUDY, AND WORK IN FRANCE AND ENGLAND AS WELL AS TRAVEL THROUGHOUT EUROPE. DURING LAW SCHOOL, I STUDIED IN CHINA, ARGENTINA, AND AT OXFORD. I HAVE ALSO TRAVELED TO HONG KONG, THAILAND, BRAZIL, URUGUAY, AND AUSTRALIA. MY IMMERSION IN AND EXPOSURE TO OTHER CULTURES HAVE FOSTERED MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF DIVERSE CLIENTS.

I WELCOME THE CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE MY COMMITMENT TO CLIENT SERVICE AND PROVIDE YOU WITH QUALITY REPRESENTATION AT VERY COMPETITIVE RATES.


MEMBERSHIPS

+ NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

- ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS, & SPORTS LAW SECTION

FASHION LAW COMMITTEE

+ NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION

- TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION COMMITTEE

- CONTEMPLATIVE LAWYERS GROUP

+ FRENCH-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

+ LGBT BAR ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK

+ CARDOZO OUTLAW ALUMNI COMMITTEE

+ NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

- NEW YORK CHAPTER AMBASSADOR

- LEGAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL

+ NATIONAL HEAD START ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

 

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

SAGE: SERVICES & ADVOCACY FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER ELDERS VOLUNTEER - 2009 TO PRESENT

GUEST SPEAKER AT FASHION LAW SPEAKER SERIES "INSIDE AND OUT: THE PRACTICE OF COUNSELING FASHION CLIENTS" NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL - SEPTEMBER 2012, SEPTEMBER 2014, JANUARY 2016

PANELIST ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT PANEL, BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW - MARCH 2012

JUDGE FOR CARDOZO/BMI ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION, BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW - MARCH 2011

 

EDUCATION

BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW - J.D. WITH CONCENTRATIONS IN CORPORATE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

+ STUDY ABROAD: WINTER TERM SEMINAR IN BUENOS AIRES; SUMMER TERM OXFORD COMPARATIVE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SEMINAR; WINTER TERM CORPORATE LAW SEMINAR IN CHINA

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER LONDON PROGRAM, LONDON, ENGLAND - COURSEWORK IN INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW COMPLETED

BOSTON UNIVERSITY - B.A. IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WITH FRENCH MINOR

+ STUDY ABROAD: GRENOBLE, FRANCE; PARIS, FRANCE; LONDON, ENGLAND

 

BAR ADMISSION

ADMITTED TO THE NEW YORK STATE BAR