Barbara Kolsun

Adjunct Professor of Law

Co-Director, Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment (FAME) Law Center 



B.A., 1971, Sarah Lawrence College
J.D., 1982, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property
International Business Transactions


Barbara Kolsun is a leading fashion industry attorney, an adjunct professor of fashion law at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the first text on the subject, Fashion Law - A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, second edition, 2014). She is co-director of Cardozo's FAME Center for fashion, arts, media and entertainment law. She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. 


Kolsun started the legal departments and was the first General Counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind, and was Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. As outside counsel in several firms, she represented Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with two lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by the Luxury Summit in London and by the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has devoted significant time and effort to the cause of enforcement of intellectual property serving as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world. 


She has been the subject of stories in numerous publications, including the New York Times, and was a consultant in intellectual property to USAID's Start Vietnam program in 2002 and 2004.


Kolsun clerked for the Second Circuit after her graduation from Cardozo in 1982. She received her J.D. from Cardozo Law in 1982 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1971 and her experience as a professional singer and actress continues to motivate her fierce efforts to protect artists' and designers' intellectual property rights.