Janet Fries

Title: Adjunct Professor


Email: jfries3@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-8926



Janet Fries is of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. She has represented numerous authors, artists, collectors, estates, art organizations, musicians, producers, and internet companies in connection with issues involving contract negotiation and preparation, website review, copyright, and trademark protection and enforcement and related matters. She counsels on copyright and trademark law, entertainment law, and internet law. She is pro bono project coordinator for the firm’s Washington, DC 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.” She is also an adjunct faculty member for the George Mason University Arts Management Graduate Program, where she co-teaches “Legal Issues in Arts Management,” a graduate seminar.

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.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyrights
  • Branding and Trademarks
  • Entertainment Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia


BA, Smith College; MA, San Francisco State University; JD, George Washington University Law School

Selected Publications

10/01/2012 D.C. Practice Manual, 21st Edition, Art Law Chapter

11/1/2011 Drinker Biddle & Reath Antenna, Getting a Second Bite of the Apple: Termination of Transfers of Copyright

10/01/2011 D.C. Practice Manual, 20th Edition, Art Law Chapter

Courses Taught

AMGT 620 Legal Aspects in Arts Management