Joan B. Davis
Joan is licensed to practice law in Virginia and New York, but her trademark docket includes clients from all over the U.S. Her practice concentrates on intellectual property transactions in the areas of entertainment, arts, publishing, music, fashion and luxury goods law. Joan’s background gives her a unique perspective of the literary and fashion law landscapes. The book she co-authored, Feng Shui Love, hit the “Chick-lit” world with complementary merchandise and design lines. Her experience in the fashion modeling industry landed her on the Katie Couric show in 2014. The episode high-lighted the difficulties child models encounter and parental involvement in the their children’s careers. Joan has a master’s degree in criminal justice and is a Virginia licensed private investigator. This background has proven valuable in working with authorities to have counterfeit goods removed from online sites such as E Bay. Joan was a law Clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Supreme Court of Virginia. Prior to law school, Joan had a career as a certified mediator in Virginia and Florida where she successfully settled numerous civil cases.
Joan consistently earns Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award in entertainment law and receives five star reviews. Pro-bono service with the Virginia Bar Association’s Lawyers for the Arts Committee inspired Joan to develop the “Coffee with an Art Lawyer” program which allows artists, musicians, fashion designers and other artsy types a pro-bono consultation over coffee in various locations.
Check out Joan’s most recent published article in Virginia Lawyer!
Harry L. Carrico, Virginia Supreme Court
Fashion Law Institute, Fordham School of Law, Certificate
Barry University Dwayne Andreas School of Law, J.D.
Stetson College of Law, International Business Law Course Concentration
Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S.
Virginia Commonwealth University,B.A.
New York 2019
U.S. Supreme Court 2015
Federal Bar 4th Circuit 2014
Federal Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries
The Model Alliance
Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Association
Fredericksburg Bar Association
James River Writers
New York Lawyers for the Arts
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
Richmond Metropolitan Women’s Bar CLE Committee
Coffee with an Art Lawyer pro-bono program
Virginia Fashion Week Pop Up Law Clinics
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts pro bono program
Chair, St. Catherine’s Daisy Days Corporate Sponsor Committee
Virginia Bar Association Lawyers for the Arts Committee
Law and Faculty Teaching Experience
Instructor and Professional Development Consultant, Barbizon School of Modeling
South University, Richmond, Virginia
Webster College, Palm Harbor, Florida
Bryant & Stratton College, Richmond, Virginia
J. Sargeant Reynolds College, Richmond, Virginia
VCU School of Design“What can Emerging Designers Do”
Virginia Fashion Week “Protecting your Designs and Fashion Model Contracts”
James River Writers “Legal Panel”
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce “Protecting your Brand, Registering your Trademark”
Fredericksburg Toastmasters “Writing Romantic Comedy”
RVA Fashion Academy “Designers, Branding and Logos”
Virginia Equine Artists Association “How to register a copyright”
Bon Air Artists Association “Preventing copyright infringement”
Fredericksburg Lunch n Learn, “Intro to Fashion Law”
Tennessee Bar Entertainment and Sports Forum 2016 “Fashion Law Couture”
Virginia Bar CLE “A Primer on Fashion Law”
The Northern Virginia Film Festival “Fashion in the Film Industry”