New LeClairRyan Blog Covers The Gamut Of Issues In Franchise Law

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'Franchise Alchemy’ blog aims to help franchisees, franchisors and other interested parties stay informed about the fast-changing legal landscape in franchising

We intend to call attention to regulatory actions that may be ill-advised or could threaten the highly successful U.S. franchise model.

National law firm LeClairRyan today announced the launch of a new blog exploring the full range of legal issues in the fast-growing—but heavily regulated—franchise world. “Franchise Alchemy,” which went live at on October 6, will be written by members of LeClairRyan’s Franchise Law industry team.

“Franchising is a great way to build a brand that customers love while giving both franchisors and franchisees and their investors the opportunity to profit, which is precisely why the franchise model continues to be so phenomenally popular,” said blog contributor Tom Pitegoff, a veteran franchise attorney based in the firm’s New York office. “But negotiating the regulatory landscape can be a huge challenge. With this blog, our attorneys will offer insight and information on emerging issues in franchise law and regulation.”

Franchise Alchemy will report on judicial, legislative and business changes as they unfold, including not just franchise laws, but also relevant issues in employment law, mergers and acquisitions, financing, intellectual property protection, real estate, litigation, bankruptcy and other areas that impact the franchise world.

As a pro-franchising voice, however, it will also offer frank opinions on these issues. “We are not afraid to discuss what we believe the law should be,” Pitegoff said, “and we intend to call attention to regulatory actions that may be ill-advised or could threaten the highly successful U.S. franchise model.”

Initial posts at Franchise Alchemy cover:

  •     the continuing issues from the NLRB’s complaints against McDonald’s USA, LLC;
  •     a Seattle minimum wage law that deems all franchisees to be “large employers”;
  •     how to obtain free Franchise Disclosure Documents;
  •     prospective revisions to the New York Franchise Act, and
  •     new guidelines that change the way many multi-unit franchise offerings must be presented.

In addition to Pitegoff, regular contributors to Franchise Alchemy will include Bryan P. Couch, a shareholder in LeClairRyan’s Newark, N.J. office; Michael T. Conway, a New York City-based shareholder; and Andrew Zappia, a Rochester, N.Y.-based shareholder.

“Our goal is to promote healthy franchise practices and legislative changes that will improve the business of franchising,” Couch said. “We believe that what is good for franchising is also good for consumers, businesses, and the U.S. economy as a whole.”

About LeClairRyan
As a trusted advisor, LeClairRyan provides business counsel and client representation in corporate law and litigation. In this role, the firm applies its knowledge, insight and skill to help clients achieve their business objectives while managing and minimizing their legal risks, difficulties and expenses. With offices in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C., the firm has approximately 370 attorneys representing a wide variety of clients throughout the nation. For more information about LeClairRyan, visit

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