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Kristina Montanaro Schrader

Anti-Counterfeiting Team Leader
Intellectual Property

Kristina Montanaro Schrader joined Adams and Reese in 2015 and serves as the Anti-Counterfeiting Team Leader. Kristina brings significant experience in executing modern intellectual property enforcement strategies for many of the world’s best-known brands.

Kristina’s main focus is in crafting brand and content protection strategies for today’s market. She has negotiated voluntary agreements and developed alliances with various intermediaries, including Alibaba Group and Taobao Marketplace, Amazon, DHgate, and the major payment processors, to improve their responsiveness to rights-holder reports of online infringement.

Kristina previously served as an executive at the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, a trade association devoted to promoting intellectual property protection and combating product counterfeiting and copyright piracy. There, she executed strategic brand and content protection initiatives on behalf of hundreds of rights-holders from across all product sectors.

Kristina has extensive experience in intellectual property enforcement through the lens of payment processing. In her in-house role, she managed the development of a “follow-the-money”-focused initiative for rights-holders to attack the payment facilities of rogue sites trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods through partnerships with major credit card networks and payment processors. As an extension of that initiative, Kristina also administered a collaborative program to increase enforcement efforts on multi-seller platforms, including Taobao, Tmall, AliExpress, DHgate, Etsy, Wish.com, and others.

Kristina’s additional experience includes:

  • Advising clients on enforcement strategies in a variety of contexts, including social media, mobile apps, digital advertising, Chinese platforms, gTLDs, 3D printing, and the dark web.
  • Combating counterfeit merchandise for major recording artists, both in online and on-the-ground marketplaces.
  • Addressing online imposters for entertainment and celebrity clients.
  • Attacking counterfeit websites, cybersquatters, and digital music piracy sites through non-litigation measures.
  • Managing a gray market enforcement program for a major mobile phone and electronics brand.
  • Advising multi-national businesses on privacy and data protection compliance in the wake of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision invalidating the US-EU Safe Harbor framework.
  • Educating clients and others on intellectual property. She has directed public awareness campaigns for consumers and conducted training sessions for law enforcement and financial industry personnel. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to IP enforcement and payment processing.

Prior to graduating law school, Kristina served as a legal intern with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Gucci America, and Dolce & Gabbana USA. She received her LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, with highest honors, from George Washington University Law School, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. At Vanderbilt, she earned the Most Outstanding Editor Award for her work as Executive Authorities Editor on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and a Scholastic Excellence Award in Entertainment Law. Kristina earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of Charleston.