Danielle N. Garno

Co-Chair, Retail


(786) 871-3954

(305) 704-5955

Recent News:

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide

Nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys have been honored by the South Florida Legal Guide for their work in South Florida over the last year.

Danielle focuses her practice on issues faced by the fashion community, including startup phase and commercial advice, intellectual property such as trademark and copyright infringement, social media marketing, advertising, and anti-counterfeiting, as well as employment and general business litigation. She has significant experience litigating both individual and class actions.  Danielle also has a substantial white-collar practice, defending businesses in white collar disputes, alleged fraud actions, and federal and state indictments. When necessary, she also manages internal investigations and represents clients before state and federal regulatory bodies.

Danielle represents fashion clients of all sizes from startups to multinational, global brands, helping them navigate through legal issues as well as counseling them on growing and sustaining a successful brand. She is co-chair of the firm's Retail Industry Group. 

Danielle has written extensively and lectured all over the country on topics relating to fashion law and currently teaches fashion law at the University of Miami School of Law. She sits on the board of trustees of the YoungArts Foundation and is also counsel to the nonprofit organization Style Saves. Her work has been recognized by Florida Trend, Florida Super Lawyers, and Law360.

Danielle earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and her law degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.



Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide

February 02, 2021

Nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys have been honored by the South Florida Legal Guide for their work in South Florida over the last year.

Pepperdine School of Law profiles Danielle Garno

November 10, 2020

Danielle Garno's alma mater, Pepperdine School of Law, profiled Danielle and her fashion law practice, featuring her advice for Pepperdine law students hoping to follow her career path, as well as highlighting her recent co-authored Law360 article.

Tariff Takedown: Why Ambiance Apparel's $118 Million Federal Case is Fashion's Cautionary Tale

September 22, 2020

Danielle Garno and Rachel Collins Clarke were featured in a Sourcing Journal article which discusses how federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Los Angeles Fashion District clothing importer.

What Happens When A Beauty Brand Claims A Product Is Vegan That’s Really Not?

July 20, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in Beauty Independent discussing the possible consequences for claiming a product is vegan when its actually not.

Why Fashion Brands and Their Retail Landlords Are Suing Each Other

June 26, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in the Business of Fashion discussing the legal battles going on between fashion brands and their retail landlords.

Class Action Litigators Bring Team to Cozen O'Connor: Michael W. McTigue Jr. and Meredith C. Slawe Spearhead National Class Actions Practice; Recognized White Collar Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer Mira Baylson Joins

May 27, 2020

Continuing the firm’s strategic expansion of complex litigation and investigations practices and the premier Technology, Privacy and Data Security Team

What the Bankruptcy Onslaught Means for the Future of Retail

May 11, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in The Business of Fashion explaining that retailers, healthy and distressed alike, have tapped their credit lines with banks, which are now “overextended and cautious about the sector.”

Thinking of Not Paying Rent Amid COVID-19? Landlords Sue Ross Stores, Other Commercial Tenants

May 05, 2020

Danielle Garno was featured in the Daily Business Review warning that parties to the lawsuit must understand how intertwined their businesses are in order to come to a resolution, rather than just enforcing obligations under the lease.

What To Do About Rent

April 02, 2020

Danielle Garno was quoted in the Business of Fashion, discussing the best thing for tenants to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Miami-based Litigator Danielle N. Garno

February 24, 2020

Cozen O’Connor announced Danielle N. Garno, a seasoned litigator, who has joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, will be a member in the firm’s Miami office. Garno will chair Cozen O'Connor’s Retail Industry Team and lead the firm’s fashion, beauty, and luxury goods practice.


Yeah, About That Consignment Agreement … How You Can Lose Your Goods in a Retail Bankruptcy [Alert]

December 08, 2020

Allen Guon and Robert Fishman discuss the Uniform Commercial Code and the steps necessary to perfect your consignment under it.

New U.S. Ban on Chinese Cotton Suppliers Adds Stress to Fashion Industry’s Weakened Supply Chain [Alert]

September 21, 2020

Danielle Garno, Heather Marx, and Samuel Mogensen discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection five WROs banning cotton, apparel, and other goods that were produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Fashion Industry Adaptations Amid Trade War, Pandemic

September 18, 2020

Danielle Garno and Heather Marx published an article to Law360 discussing the different effects that trade policies and the COVID-19 pandemic have had on the fashion industry.

DOJ Prosecutes Fashion Company For Skirting Customs Tariffs - Could This Be The Hot New Trend? [Alert]

September 02, 2020

Danielle Garno, Rachel Collins Clarke, and Joseph Simpson discuss the DOJ's action against Ambiance Apparel and what it could mean for other fashion companies.

The benefits of long-term relationships in influencer marketing

August 14, 2020

Danielle Garno and Mayura Noordyke contributed an article to Agility PR Solutions discussing how putting in the work to build long-term relationships with influencers is the best way for brands to reap stable and continuing benefits.

While the world is on pause, it’s a good time to review your social media compliance policy

April 20, 2020

Danielle Garno and Brianne Polito contributed an article to Agility PR Solutions encouraging businesses to review their social media advertising strategies and compliance programs to ensure that they are updated, specifically tailored to the business, and that their marketing teams as well as influencers understand what is required under the FTC regulations.

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  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
  • University of Miami, B.A., 1997

Awards & Honors

The Legal 500 United States, 2016

Florida Trend "Legal Elite," Commercial Litigation, 2015, 2020

Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2013-2014

Law360, "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011, 2013

South Florida Legal Guide, 2021

  • California
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Florida

Istituto Marangoni, Advisory Board, Member

Miami-Dade Beacon Council's Creative Design Committee, Chair 2017-2019

Children's Home Society of Florida, Southeastern Board of Directors, Chair 2015-2017

YoungArts, Board of Trustees, Member

Crayon Collection, Board of Directors, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Dade-County Bar Association, Member

Adjunct professor, Fashion Law – University of Miami School of Law

Advisory Board Member – University of Miami, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law

Advisory Board Member – Shhhowercap