Ashly E. Sands, who has been with the firm since 2011, is a partner and leads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting and litigation group.
Ashly’s practice focuses in, among others, the areas of anti-counterfeiting, trademark, trade dress, copyright, licensing, internet, false advertising, unfair competition law. She specializes in advising brands in building, managing, using, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights and assets. A large part of her practice involves developing, implementing and managing successful, tailored anti-counterfeiting programs for global brands in a multitude of industries including, without limitation toys, fashion, arts, technology, entertainment and consumer products as well as delivering efficient and effective strategies in IP disputes and litigation.
Ashly holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, where she majored in Business Law and Political Science and earned her J.D. from New York Law School.
Prior to joining Epstein Drangel LLP, during her law school career, she gained experience developing anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy strategies; working on successful trademark and copyright litigations; managing corporations’ interests in extensive intellectual property libraries; addressing internet issues such as: service provider liability, copyright and trademark use on the internet, including DMCA provisions and domain name disputes; and negotiating and drafting advertising, licensing, publishing, distribution and promotional agreements through her internships at The Donna Karan Company; at the Michael Kors Company as Licensing Intern; at Chanel as Internet Law Intern; and at MTV Networks on a project for the Anti-Piracy Enforcement Team. Additionally, Ashly also worked for the Hon. Kent A. Jordan as a summer law clerk on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and was the co-founder of “CaseClothesed.com”, listed as law.com’s 15 new blogs to watch.
Ashly is an active member of International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) and the Intellectual Property Section of the Toy Industry Association. Ashly also frequently speaks on various intellectual property issues and developments, including recent engagements with the Luxury Law Summit, the Fraud & Anti-Counterfeiting Summit and the Global Brand Protection Summit.