Whether you’re a consumer product manufacturer, a retailer, or a trade association, product testing lab, or investor, we understand the challenges facing your business — from the effects of globalization, changes in demographics, to the impact of deflation, distribution, and industry consolidation. Whatever issue you’re grappling with, our team has the insight, deep knowledge, and experience to create a solution that works for you. Mintz Levin offers retail and consumer products companies a full suite of legal services provided by attorneys with industry-specific experience.
Areas of Focus
- Action Sports: Represent 25+ action sports–orientated companies with a concentration in the surf and skateboard industries
- Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household Products: Represent 25+ manufacturers of skin and hair care products, cosmetics, and cleaning products
- Food & Beverage: Represent 35+ food and beverage companies offering wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages, snack foods, condiments, and pet foods
- Fashion Brands & Apparel Manufacturers: Represent 40+ fashion brands and apparel manufacturers, including manufacturers of footwear, eyewear, clothing, and jewelry
- Wearables & IoT: Represent a variety of clients in the wearable technology and IoT space, including a manufacturer of “smart” door locks, a manufacturer of a heads-up display for motorcycle helmets, and a mobile engagement platform used by brands, retailers, advertisers, venues, and out-of-home (OOH) networks
If it’s a business transaction you’re involved in, our attorneys can prepare the legal documents to protect licenses, patents, and trademarks as well as represent you in a variety of financial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, and debt and equity financings. We also have substantial experience in licensing.
Consumer Product Safety
We specialize in representing companies and industry groups before the Consumer Product Safety Commission, FDA, FTC, and other regulatory bodies. We also provide seasoned advice to ensure your product is in compliance with California, state, federal, Canadian, and other international regulations as well as guide you through product recalls and other product issues.
Bankruptcy & Reorganization
If you’re wrestling with cash flow or credit issues that might trigger insolvency, reorganization, or bankruptcy, our team can provide you with comprehensive, creative, and cost-effective representation involving the most complex proceedings. We have extensive experience guiding debtors, creditors, investors, manufacturers, and retailers through turnaround, sale, dissolution, and reorganization.
Employment & Immigration
We handle a wide variety of employment and immigration matters for consumer product manufacturers and retailers. Whether it’s developing employment policies, handling complicated issues involving employee relations, or preparing compensation and benefits packages for your employees and managers, our attorneys can steer you in the right direction. We can also help you secure visas for your skilled employees.
Government Enforcement & Investigations
We assist our clients in the creation and review of comprehensive compliance programs and internal investigations. We have experience representing our clients in SEC, DOJ, FTC Consumer Protection, DOJ, SEC, US attorney, and state attorney general proceedings.
When the issue involves protecting your brand, our Intellectual Property attorneys cover all the bases. From trademark prosecution, to licensing and distribution agreements, to protective services for designers and retail manufacturers, our focus is on protecting you and your product.
Our strategic services are focused on reducing and managing your risk of product litigation. We can negotiate liability and insurance coverage for your product, advise you on product labeling, protect your interests before regulatory agencies, and educate your workforce on prevention issues. If a product liability claim does land you in court, our seasoned litigators have extensive experience representing clients in complex federal, state, and international proceedings involving product recalls, personal injury, and consumer fraud.
Privacy & Data Security
Achieving your business objectives may seem like an enormous challenge in light of today’s rules and regulations regarding privacy and data security. That’s why our attorneys are trained to help you identify and manage the risks. We can assist you in developing and implementing policies and best practices that comply with the growing body of federal, state and international privacy regulations. Our services also include conducting privacy audits, performing gap analyses, and managing the investigation and resolution of privacy and security breaches.
Public Relations & Government Relations
Whether you’re a consumer product manufacturer, a retailer, or a trade association, you may want some help if and when the media come calling. We provide strategic communications consulting through our affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC. Our services can also help you in a variety of other areas, including successfully promoting a ballot initiative, effectively advocating for legislative change, strategic planning, and assistance in successfully navigating project-related development and environmental issues.
Real Estate & Development
When you need legal help with a real estate transaction or project financing, our team of experienced attorneys can offer you skilled representation on site location planning, zoning, leasing as well as sale and leaseback strategies. Our relationships with developers, landlords, lenders, and investors can help you quickly and efficiently execute your real estate strategy.