Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

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Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Kelli A. Scheid

Kelli Scheid, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Kelli A. Scheid
Washington, DC

Kelli is a partner in Arent Fox’s Business Department. She represents clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, including corporate structuring, finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and other corporate matters. She also advises clients in the acquisition, sale, and leasing of commercial real estate, as well as in sports-related transactions.

Client Work

Some of Kelli’s recent matters include representing:


  • F. Korbel & Bros. in connection with the sale of Kenwood Vineyards to Pernod Ricard
  • The Science Channel in connection with the acquisition and license-back of the HOW IT’S MADE trademark and related assets
  • Fashion companies, including Diane von Furstenberg, Diesel, Escada, and Lacoste, in connection with licensing and general corporate matters

Real Estate

  • The Buccini/Pollin Group in connection with the acquisition, financing, and sale of hotel, office, and other commercial properties
  • Fannie Mae in connection with the leasing of commercial and retail office space
  • Choice Hotels in connection with the development of Cambria Suites hotels


  • The Brooklyn Nets in connection with the leasing and development of a multi-million-dollar, 70,000-square-foot practice facility
  • The Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies in connection with NBA league-wide financing matters
  • PPL EnergyPlus in connection with sponsorship and naming rights with respect to PPL Park, home of the MLS Philadelphia Union

Previous Work

Before joining Arent Fox, Kelli was a financial analyst at FleetBoston Financial (now Bank of America).

Professional Activities

Kelli is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She previously served as a member of the firm’s Associates Committee.

Bar & Court Admissions

California Bar
District of Columbia Bar


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2007
Duke University, AB, 2001


Blog Posts by Kelli A. Scheid

Sears Sued by Clothing Company for Cancelling Orders in Violation of Contract

On March 18, retailer Sears Holdings Corp. was hit with a $5.5 million lawsuit in Illinois’ Cook County Circuit Court by clothing company Sprockets Clothing Inc. (which is now known as SCI Apparel Inc.). Sprockets alleges that Sears breached an exclusive vendor contract entered into in 2010 by cancelling nearly $4 million of orders after Sprockets already manufactured and shipped the orders.

Sprockets claims that Sears had no contractual justification for its actions and Sears’ cancellation was not “commercially reasonable practice” because the clothing that Sprockets produced was of a quality consistent with the requirements of the contract and there was no cancellation clause in the contract. Additionally, Sprockets alleges that Sears violated the contract by withholding $750,000 of Sprocket’s contributions to a joint project between the parties to launch a “store within a store” retailing concept, even though Sears never developed the concept.

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Class Action Defense
Seller Beware: ‘No Refund,’ ‘No Cancellation,’ and ‘No Exchange’ Provisions in Certain Sales Contracts May Be Unenforceable

In 2013, David and Katina Spade (the Spades) purchased a mattress from Select Comfort Corp. (doing business as Sleep Number) that featured remote control operation of the height of the foot and head portions of the mattress (the Mattress). After taking delivery of the Mattress, the Spades experienced several technical problems with the remote control feature. Select Comfort and Leggett & Platt, Inc. unsuccessfully tried to repair the Mattress for almost a year. Shortly thereafter, the Spades revoked acceptance of the Mattress and requested that Sleep Number refund the full purchase price of the Mattress. Sleep Number did not do so.

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Intellectual Property, Copyright
When the Music Stops: NY Court of Appeals Limits Meaning of ‘Affiliate’

The New York Court of Appeals recently held in Ellington v. EMI Music, Inc. that the term “affiliates” in a copyright renewal agreement referred only to affiliates existing at the time of contract execution, reasoning that the contract did not expressly provide that the parties intended to bind future affiliates.

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