Internationally renowned intellectual property (IP) and corporate lawyer Lee Sporn brings unrivaled excellence in advising businesses at every stage from startups to global brands in the fashion, luxury and retail goods sectors.

Clients depend on Lee for guidance on a broad range of legal matters including transactional, securities, real estate, and employment issues. He is highly accomplished with IPOs, licensing, joint ventures, litigation, global IP portfolio management, and compliance issues often turning seemingly insurmountable obstacles into opportunities for his clients.

Before joining Olshan, Lee served as Senior Vice President - Business Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Michael Kors Holdings Limited. Before that, he served in the same capacity at Kasper A.S.L., Ltd. He also spent more than 11 years at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, including as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel. Lee was instrumental in guiding both Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren through IPOs and transforming them into publicly traded companies and two of the world's most successful fashion brands. He brings that experience and skill to bear in helping Olshan clients build their businesses and achieve their full potential.

Lee’s industry leadership extends to academia. He has been Professor from Practice at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and helped create the law school’s unique Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law Center. He has also been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and an Adjunct Profession of Law at Villanova Law School. A contributing author of The Business and Law of Fashion and Retail and Fashion Law, A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives & Attorneys, he was also co-editor of Trademark Counterfeiting and served as Chairman of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition for more than a decade. Featured in a host of leading national, regional, and trade publications, Lee continues to be a sought-after lecturer on a variety of IP and fashion/luxury law topics.  

Speaking Engagements


Honors & Recognitions

  • Recipient, Global Luxury Summit Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016


  • Professor from Practice, Cardozo Law School, Spring 2011 - present
  • Co-Director, The FAME Center at Cardozo Law School, 2015 - present
  • Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 2016 – present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, 2012-14


J.D., magna cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1986

  • Published Note, Notes Editor - Brooklyn Law Review
  • Stanley Nathanson Award

B.A., Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1980


  • New York
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