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, filmmakers, producers and Internet companies in connection with issues involving contract negotiation and preparation, web site review, copyright and trademark protection, brand management, and related matters. She counsels on copyright and trademark law, entertainment law and Internet law and also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Janet is on the Advisory Board for the American Law Institute (ALI) Restatement of Copyright project and is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) IP Section, helping to shape ABA policies on intellectual property. She currently serves as chair of the ABA’s Copyright Division and is a member of the Copyright Reform Task Force. Previously, she served as a member of the IP Council, the chair of the Committee on Copyright & Social Media, and the chair of the Committee on Copyright & New Technologies. Janet maintains an active speaking schedule and regularly contributes to conferences on art law, copyright and trademarks. Her publications include articles in the ABA’s Landslide magazine. She also serves as vice president of the board of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

Janet is a trained mediator, and she has negotiated numerous settlements in all areas of copyright and trademark law. She has also 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.

Janet is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where she teaches a seminar titled “Art, Cultural Heritage & the Law.” She is also an adjunct faculty member at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches a seminar in “Law & the Visual Arts.” In addition to her legal practice, Janet is an experienced professional editorial and fine art photographer. Her work has been widely published and exhibited and has been acquired for the permanent collections of museums such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Oakland Museum of California.


Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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