University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
Southwestern Law School, J.D., 1973
Year of First admission:
1973, California and U.S. District, Central District of California; 1974, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, American (Member: Section on Antitrust Law; Forum Committee on Franchising, 1982—) Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Member: Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Franchise Law Committee, Business Law Section, 1983-1986, 1998-2001); International Franchise Association (Member, Legal/Legislative Committee, 1990-1998).
Appointed to State Bar of California Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission, 2014-2017
Certified Legal Specialist in Franchise & Distribution Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization with 28 years of experience representing franchisors, franchisees and independent owners of restaurants, retail and service businesses; served as outside franchise counsel, chief operating officer, vice president of national and international franchise expansion and general counsel of a national retail franchisor; participated in the development and administration of quick service restaurants as a co-franchisee in a regional food service chain and served as a founder, officer and director of the franchise system's franchise advisory council and independent franchisee association. Extensive experience in: • regulation and development of franchising companies • franchisor/franchisee relations • franchisor/franchisee disputes • purchases, sales, financing and operations Specialties Preparation and nation-wide registration of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD); serving as franchise due diligence counsel for sellers and buyers in acquisitions of franchise companies; serving as outside franchise general counsel for franchisors with responsibility for preparation of franchise agreements, transfer documents, purchase and sale agreements and other franchise-related documents; counseling on franchisor-franchisee relationship matters.