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Interview: Margaret Minister O'Keefe: Overseeing Licensing at Angela Adams Designs

Margaret Minister O’Keefe, formerly a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice with Pierce Atwood LLP, will join Angela Adams Designs, LLC as the company’s General Counsel and Vice President of Licensing, reporting to the company’s co-founders, Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill.

At Angela Adams, O’Keefe will be responsible for identifying potential licensing partners and other business development opportunities, negotiating multinational and global licensing agreements, and developing and overseeing full licensee portfolio and strategy, including brand marketing/integrity, product development, and revenue enhancement. In addition, she will be responsible for all aspects of intellectual property registration and protection, U.S. customs issues, Federal Trade Commission labeling requirements, employment and benefits issues, and business contracts ranging from simple vendor agreements to complex financing documents.

Prior to joining Angela Adams Designs, O’Keefe was a partner in the law firm of Pierce Atwood LLP, the largest law firm in north of Boston, where she handled a wide variety of business litigation, primarily copyright, trademark and patent infringement, but also covering contractual disputes, the Uniform Commercial Code, noncompetition agreements, business torts, antitrust and restraints of trade. O’Keefe also counseled clients on a variety of issues of particular concern to the luxury goods, textile, and fashion and apparel industries, such as trademark and copyright protection, anti-counterfeiting measures, fiber content labeling requirements, precious metal and gemstone labeling requirements, and country of origin marking rules.

O’Keefe received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993 and began her legal career at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., Washington, DC in the international trade practice. She has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in Woodward & White’s The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, and New England Super Lawyers®. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the Board of Trustees of Maine College of Art and the Board of Directors of Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

About angela adams

angela adams is a casual modern luxury brand devoted to comfort, quality and craftsmanship. Angela’s designs are known for their sense of timelessness, simplicity and balance, all inspired by Maine’s natural beauty. Pairing hand-tufted rugs with handmade furniture, Angela and husband Sherwood Hamill have developed a shared visual language that defines the angela adams aesthetic. Products include rugs, furniture, fabrics and home and fashion accessories. Through a range of strategic partnerships with industry leaders, the angela adams offering has expanded to include bedding and bath products, ceramic tile, contract and hospitality carpet, fabric and wallcovering. As the company evolves, Angela and Sherwood continue to combine quality and integrity to create a design-inspired lifestyle.

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