Doreen Small

Doreen Small

Doreen Small is a Partner in the Firm’s Entertainment, Media & The Arts Department.

Representative Experience

Doreen is a highly regarded intellectual property lawyer and a leading expert in the field of fashion modeling law. Her clients benefit from her wealth of industry experience and knowledge, as well as her years of experience representing a diverse array of fashion and entertainment companies and individuals.

Doreen’s practice focuses on a wide range of contractual, transactional, intellectual property, regulatory and employment law matters in the fields of fashion, arts, media and entertainment. She has negotiated major licensing, endorsement and co-branding agreements for models, designers, artists, influencers and athletes. Her career has encompassed a wide variety of projects including:

  • Served as In-House Counsel for a number of major public and private companies
  • Former Vice President/General Counsel for Ford Models, Inc. where as a member of the senior executive team, she managed all legal and business affairs, supervised litigation, served on the Board of Directors and produced the Ford Models Supermodel of the World global talent search
  • Former Associate General Counsel for Warnaco Inc., a global fashion licensing company, now owned by PVH, and for Atari, the iconic video game company
  • Former Senior Intellectual Property and Music Counsel for NBC, where her clients included Saturday Night Live, Late Night and The Tonight Show


  • Fashion
  • Arts
  • Entertainment/Media


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
  • Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
  • Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, Certified Mediator


  • New York

Professional Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, created and teaches the first-ever course devoted to Fashion Modeling Law
  • Fashion Law Institute Advisory Board
  • Member, MoMA Contemporary Arts Council and its Acquisitions and Nominating Committees
  • Member, New Museum Producer’s Council
  • Member, Independent Curators International — International Council
  • Executive Producer of Albert Maysles’ award winning documentary, “Iris”