Janet Fries

Of Counsel
janet.fries dbr.com
Phone: (202) 354-1333 (202) 354-1333
Fax: (202) 842-8465


Janet Fries has represented numerous authors, artists, collectors, estates, art organizations, musicians, producers and Internet companies in connection with issues involving contract negotiation and preparation, Web site review, copyright and trademark protection and enforcement and related matters. She counsels on copyright and trademark law, entertainment law and Internet law. Janet is a pro bono project coordinator for the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Janet is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a seminar entitled “Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law.”

In addition to her legal practice, Janet is an experienced professional editorial and fine art photographer. Her work has been published and exhibited widely and has been acquired for the permanent collections of museums including the National Portrait Gallery and the Oakland Museum of California.


Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • San Francisco State University, M.A.
  • Smith College, B.A.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
    • Council Member
    • Copyright Reform Task Force
  • American Law Institute (ALI), Adviser, Restatement of the Law, Copyright Project
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Arts and Cultural Law Committee for the Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section, Vice Chair
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, V.P. Board of Directors
  • ArtTable