Loeb is pleased to announce that Melanie Howard, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Protection and Luxury Brands practices and deputy chair of the Advanced Media and Technology department, and Jessica Lee, chair of the Privacy, Security & Data Innovations practice, have been named to the 2023 National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Rising List. Now in its third year, the award recognizes women lawyers “advancing in their careers, helping others advance in their careers, and/or fighting to advance women under the law.”
Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support and collective success. The Rising List recognition is especially important in highlighting individuals who evoke NAWL’s mission to provide leadership, a collective voice and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Melanie, Jessica and their fellow honorees will be celebrated at the organization’s virtual Mid-Year Meeting on March 16-17.
Melanie Howard’s practice focuses on the acquisition, protection, licensing, exploitation and sale of intangible assets for major brands and individual talent. Melanie’s unmatched experience in the fashion, luxury and retail sectors has been recognized by industry leaders, including through Loeb’s recognition as the 2021 Best New Luxury Law Firm by the Luxury Law Alliance. Her practice also spans entertainment and media, esports and Web3. Melanie currently serves as Secretary and Board member of Saving Innocence, a nonprofit organization focused on combating sexual slavery and trafficking. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, including managing matters for The Bail Project, Dress for Success and the ACLU of Southern California. Melanie is also co-chair of the Los Angeles Women’s LEAD.
Jessica Lee helps companies in the U.S. and around the world launch, market and monetize their digital products and content. She advises on everything from interest-based and addressable advertising, data analytics, location-based tracking, smart devices and wearables, to the use of emerging technologies. She has assisted dozens of organizations design their privacy programs and operationalize U.S. and international privacy and data security requirements. Aside from her main practice, Jessica is a member of the New York office’s Pro Bono Committee and leads a pro bono group of Loeb lawyers to advise The Bail Project. She also serves as a member of Loeb’s Diversity Committee.