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Boston, MA 02116



Deborah Stehr

D.Stehr HS

Attorney, Member of the Firm
Office Phone:   917-855-6302
Email: dstehr@outsidegc.com

Deborah Stehr joined us in 2020 with over 25 years of transactional and technology experience, with a focus on helping consumer goods clients protect and monetize their intellectual property throughout the product lifecycle, from design, manufacture and supply, to licensing and retail sales.  For the past decade, Deborah has leveraged her legal skills and business acumen to build a corporate and technology practice in which she became known for spotting key risks and issues in a productive and thoughtful manner while building rapport and trust with both internal and external stakeholders to solve problems and reach positive outcomes. 

Prior to establishing her own practice, Deborah spent almost 15 years working in-house in the fashion industry, protecting and enhancing some of the world’s most prominent fashion and luxury brands.  Deborah served as Associate General Counsel at Nine West Group when the women’s shoe company had over 1,000 retail stores and produced shoes and accessories for over 20 owned and licensed brands.  Next, she went on to serve as General Counsel for Candie’s, Inc. and later, Iconix Brand Group, where Deborah led a team that negotiated and implemented a wide range of strategic expansion arrangements for 30 fashion, accessory, jewelry and home brands.  She helped support the creation of an innovative retail-direct structure that has become the gold standard for prominent retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and Macy’s.  From her years working to protect the intellectual property relating to products across every price point from value to luxury, Deborah has deep commercial transactional experience in structuring manufacturing, supply, distribution, sale and marketing arrangements both domestically and internationally. More recently, she served as external General Counsel for Next Retail Concepts, where she helped support a SaaS-based technology platform offering virtual immersive brand and shopping experiences.  

Deborah helps clients unpack complicated legal issues and solve difficult business problems with clear, concise agreements and advice.  As an attorney with Outside GC, Deborah offers brands, wholesalers and retailers a wealth of licensing and IP monetization knowledge, along with well-seasoned general legal services focused on helping to build strong business relationships around the world.  

Deborah began her legal career as an associate at law firms in Chicago and New York, sharpening her skills at Denton LLP (f/k/a Sonnenschein) and Cooley LLP (f/k/a Kronish Lieb), where she helped brand owners protect and enhance their IP rights around the globe. 

Deborah earned her law degree with honors from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduated magna cum laude, and received a prize in the Politics department for her original research in connection with her senior thesis. She is a member of the New York, New Jersey and Illinois bars.  She lives in Montclair with her husband and teenage son and daughter.  For the past 10 years, Deborah has served as the President of the regional Princeton alumni association, and as a strategic advisor and fundraiser for a variety of local organizations, including Essex County CASA. When not working, she is an avid tennis player and skier, and is passionate about her love for animals and protecting wildlife.