As the franchising and distribution industry continues to shift from domestic growth to international development, we help clients make strategic decisions that advance and protect their businesses and leverage trends that further business objectives. We have extensive first-hand knowledge and experience navigating every phase of the franchising process from startup and business concept refinement to business launch and international expansion. Our record of successfully litigating matters includes representing franchise systems domestically and internationally.
Hundreds of franchise systems across industries in more than 90 countries have engaged us on matters, including global expansion, brand development and protection strategies, licensing and distribution issues and “bet the company” litigation. Our success is well-recognized throughout the industry by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and U.S. News/Best Lawyers, which has named us “Law Firm of the Year” four times.
Restaurant Dive | November 08, 2021
This article, focusing on franchising trends and challenges as the restaurant industry heads into 2022, extensively quotes Franchising & Distribution team co-leader and Washington, DC Corporate partner Keri McWilliams for her outlook on increased investment in franchises as a result of rising diner demand and more affordable real estate options. Keri also emphasizes the importance for small and mid-sized franchisees to ensure they’re generating revenue not based solely on in-person and sit-down dining.
Washington Business Journal | November 25, 2020
Washington, D.C. Corporate partner and Franchising & Distribution co-leader Kendal Tyre wrote this column for a series featuring area business executives sharing their diverse personal and professional backgrounds and their journeys that have made them who they are. Kendal, who has traced his family to the first generation of enslaved Africans brought to Virginia, instills in his children that they are descended from 10 generations of Black Americans who helped build this country, despite the odds.
Modern Restaurant Management | April 29, 2020
Franchising & Distribution co-leader Keri McWilliams in Washington, DC, and Corporate associate Wes Gangi in Chicago contributed this article. Based on a recent client alert, the article covers relief programs available to the restaurants industry, food retailers, and franchisees under the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.
Restaurant Dive | March 17, 2020
Washington, DC, Franchise & Distribution partner Keri McWilliams provides extensive third-party commentary in this article about whether the COVID-19 crisis could usher in permanent paid sick leave for restaurant employees.
Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief Alert | 09.14.21
TCPA Alert | 04.05.21
Class Action & TCPA Alert | 04.02.21
Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief Alert | 03.10.21
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