Nicole J. Harrell: Lawyer with Kaufman & Canoles A Professional Corporation

Nicole J. Harrell

Member; Chair of Alcoholic Beverage Team
Norfolk,  VA  U.S.A.
Phone(757) 624.3306

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Practice Areas

  • Franchising
  • Commercial
  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions & Strategic Alliances
  • Intellectual Property & Franchising
  • Alcoholic Beverage Team
Contact InfoTelephone: (757) 624.3306
Fax: (757) 624.3169
University Hollins College, B.A., 1996; University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, M.B.A., magna cum laude, 2001
Law SchoolUniversity of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2001
Admitted2001, Virginia

•National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals; Associate Member
•Virginia Craft Brewers Guild; Associate Member
•Virginia Bar Association
•Virginia State Bar
•American Bar Association; Forum on Franchising
•Virginia Bar Association Community Service Program Council; Chair, 2008-2009
•Virginia Bar Association Firms in Service Hampton Roads
•International Franchise Association
•International Franchise Association Legal Symposium Task Force, 2006, 2010-2011
•Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Virginia; President, 2006-2007
•ForKids, Inc.

BornSuffolk, Virginia, November 14, 1974

Nicole is a member in the firm's Norfolk office. She regularly assists clients with alcoholic beverage licensing and regulatory matters in Virginia, including representation before the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. She has experience in negotiating supply and distribution agreements. Nicole's intellectual property practice includes federal and state trademark registration, copyright registration and assignment, negotiation of software development and licensing agreements, and licensing of intellectual property. Her commercial practice includes entity formation, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and general contract negotiation. Nicole efficiently represents franchisors in regulatory matters, including preparation of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements and related ancillary documents, registration and compliance. In addition, she represents franchisees in review of franchise disclosure documents, negotiation of franchise agreements and termination of franchise agreements and relationships.

Recognition and honors
•Virginia s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2011-2013
•Virginia Rising Stars; Law & Politics, 2008-2014
•Certified Franchise Executive, International Franchise Association
•Walter E. Hoffman Award for Community Service, 2009
•Spirit of Innovation Award for Leadership Excellence
• University of Baltimore Law Review; Associate Editor

• Protecting Your Brand and Trademarks Webinar

press and publication
• The Business of Beer
• Local Organizations Partner to Host Workshops to Provide Insight on Franchise Ownership
• Don't Pour Your Profits Down Your Competitor's Drain
• Restaurant Client Alert - Summer 2014
• 29 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2014 and 8 Named as Rising Stars 2014
• 54 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite 2013
• Franchising 101 - Legal Basics
• 29 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2013 and 14 Named as Rising Stars 2013
• 55 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite 2012
• Software Licensing: Legal Issues with Business Consequences
• 40 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2012 and 14 Named as Rising Stars 2012
• A Guide to New Business Opportunity Rule
• 53 Kaufman & Canoles Attorneys Named Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite 2011
• 36 K&C Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2011 and 14 Named as Rising Stars 2011
• Franchising Update - December 2010
• 31 K&C Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers & 11 Named as Rising Stars 2010
• 30 K&C Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers, 12 Named as Rising Stars 2009
• Franchising Legal Update - Spring 2009
• Kaufman & Canoles Announces New Partners (2009)
• 28 K&C Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers & 8 Named as Virginia Rising Stars 2008
• Franchising Legal Update - Fall 2007
• After Successful Beginning, Franchise Mentors Seeking Prospective Franchisors and Offering Free Guidance
• Franchise Mentors - Providing Free Guidance to Potential Franchisors
• Franchising Legal Update - Winter 2007
• VetFran - Franchisors Give Break to Veterans
• Investigating Franchising Your Business
• First Criminal Case Conviction Under HIPAA

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represented national clients with all alcoholic beveraging licensing matters in Virginia; Advised various clients with respect to entity formation and corporate law matters; Advises a leading business outsourcing organization providing document management, critical customer communications, business form manufacturing, promotional products programs and logistics services on customer and vendor contracts, intellectual property matters, and various acquisitions and divestitures; Represented software developer in several venture arrangements involving software development and licensing, structure and ownership of the joint venture, and loans to the joint venture; Represented franchisors in multi-state registration of franchise disclosure documents and compliance with federal and state registration and disclosure laws; Represented franchisees in acquisition of multiple franchise units and negotiation with franchisors involving franchise agreements, the franchise relationship, and franchise termination; Represented publicly-traded company on divestitures of various business segments

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Hidden Trap in Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements Entered into by Franchisors
Nicole J. Harrell,Stephen E. Story, November 13, 2014
Franchisors entering into settlement agreements must be certain that the settlement agreements give the franchisor the right to make any disclosures required by the Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”), without breaching any confidentiality provisions in the settlement agreement.

Don’t Pour Your Profits Down Your Competitor’s Drain
Nicole J. Harrell, August 5, 2014
If you owned a brewery you would never sell your beer without first tasting it, so why would you name your brewery or beer without checking to see if someone else is already using a similar name? The naming of breweries and beer is becoming big business - for trademark litigation lawyers.

Beware of Using Your Restaurant Name in Multiple Locations Without Federal or State Service Mark Protection or a Written Agreement with All Subsequent Users of the Name
Nicole J. Harrell,Robert E. Smartschan,Stephen E. Story, July 30, 2014
Beware of using your restaurant name in multiple locations without federal or state service mark protection or a written agreement with all subsequent users of the restaurant name. It is not uncommon for a successful restaurateur to expand using the same name as the initial flagship restaurant....
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Nicole J. Harrell

150 West Main Street, Suite 2100
NorfolkVA 23514


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