Janet Fries protects and champions creative expression by artists, filmmakers, authors and others. She seeks to ensure that clients, both individual artists and corporations operating in entertainment and the arts, reap the rights and benefits afforded to them under U.S. and global intellectual property laws through negotiation, mediation and litigation. A trained fine art photographer herself and a leader in the community of lawyers who serve artists, Janet is immersed in the field both personally and professionally.

Janet prepares and negotiates contracts, reviews websites and advises on copyright and trademark protection, brand management and related matters for:

  • Authors
  • Artists
  • Collectors
  • Estates of artists and collectors
  • Art organizations
  • Musicians
  • Filmmakers and producers
  • Internet companies

She also provides counsel on entertainment law and internet law.

Mediation and Litigation Experience

Janet is a trained mediator and has negotiated numerous settlements in all areas of copyright and trademark law. Additionally, she has litigated intellectual property disputes before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Speaking Engagements

Janet maintains an active speaking schedule and regularly contributes to conferences on art law, copyright and trademarks.

Faculty Positions

  • The George Washington University Law School — Adjunct Professor teaching the “Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law” seminar, 2015-2022
  • American University Washington College of Law — Adjunct Faculty Member teaching the “Law and the Visual Arts” seminar, 2019-2022

Personal Interests

An experienced professional editorial and fine art photographer, Janet’s work has been widely published, exhibited and acquired for the permanent collections of museums, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Oakland Museum of California. She is a contributing photographer for Getty Images. Janet is also a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. 


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


George Washington University Law School
J.D. with honors

San Francisco State University

Smith College

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • TCAM Today – uncomplicated, practical, day-to-day advice about how to build, protect or monetize a brand

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of the Law, Copyright Project — Adviser
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section — Member; Copyright Reform Task Force (Member); AI Task Force (Member); Copyright Division (Former Chair); IP Council (Former Member); Committee on Copyright and Social Media (Former Chair); Committee on Copyright and New Technologies (Former Chair); CLE Board (Former Member)
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts — Board of Directors (Vice President)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section — Arts and Cultural Law Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Copyright Alliance
  • ArtTable
  • Washington Sculptors Group — Advisory Board Member


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent
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