Plattner to Present at International Franchise Association Breakfast

Santa Monica Partner Glenn Plattner will be a featured speaker at the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Business Network breakfast on January 20 in Orange County. The presentation, titled "Attacks on the Franchise Model," will focus on recent National Labor Relations Board and related employment cases impacting franchise chains as well as legislation targeting franchise small business owners.

Plattner focuses his practice on franchise, hospitality, banking, and business litigation, including the representation of national banks in loan origination and wrongful foreclosure disputes as well as franchisors and hospitality companies in termination proceedings and enforcement of contractual terms, such as covenants not to compete and protection of trademarks and trade secrets.

Ken Costello Named Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Santa Monica Partner Ken Costello has been named Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S. Best Lawyers only names a single lawyer in each specialty in each community as Lawyer of the Year. Those honored have received particularly outstanding ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Glenn Plattner Speaks at Annual Forum on Franchising

Santa Monica Partner Glenn Plattner was a panelist at the 35th Annual Forum on Franchising in Los Angeles, CA. At the conference, held on October 3-5, Plattner discussed "The Roadmap for the Default and Termination Process" including the problems of franchisee non-compliance with various provisions of the franchise agreement. Although franchise agreements typically set forth a contractual process for addressing franchisee defaults, there is more to the default and termination process than meets the eye.

Jonathan Solish Speaks at Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference' in Qatar

Partner Jonathan Solish was invited to speak at the Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future conference by the Foreign Ministry of the State of Qatar and the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. At the conference, held on May 9 and 10 in Doha, Qatar, Solish discussed "The Role of Franchising in the Regional Economy and Local Businesses" along with Michael Seid, managing director of MSA Worldwide, and Tariq Farid, CEO and Founder of Edible Arrangements. After a general presentation, the group presented a franchising workshop. Both sessions were well attended and were simultaneously translated into five languages to the participants through headphones. Solish stressed two key benefits that franchising offered to the region. First, franchising would help in the development of a middle class. Second, in a region where unemployment among youth is rampant franchising develops new job opportunities. At the closing session of the conference, the franchising presentation was singled out as particularly significant in identifying strategies that might benefit the region.

While at the conference, Solish had breakfast with Jessie Jackson to discuss the role of franchising in developing the economy in Africa. While in Doha, Solish visited the local franchised outlet of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the Souk Waqif marketplace. Ken Costello of Bryan Cave handled the legal work on that expansion matter.

Keith Klein Invited to Speak at the First Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference

Bryan Cave LLP Partner Keith Klein will speak at the first annual Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference by the FranchiseUpdate Media Group. At the conference, held on June 14 and 15 in San Francisco, Klein will discuss “Reputation Management” along with several other expert panelists. The session will focus on discovering the best methods and guidelines for monitoring brand representation and integrity within online communities, websites, blogs and other interactive media.

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