Five Fox Attorneys Named by Franchise Times “Legal Eagles”
Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates John R. Gotaskie, Jr., Elizabeth D. Sigety, Craig R. Tractenberg, Eleanor Vaida Gerhards and Megan B. Center, who were featured as 2018 Legal Eagles by Franchise Times magazine. The list spotlights attorneys who have made significant strides in franchise law and were selected from nominations by their clients and peers.
More than 40 lawyers and growing, Fox’s national Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice is a dynamic team, well-equipped to meet the needs of franchise and distribution companies across every line of business – industrial, retail, food, entertainment, service, technology or home-based. The award-winning group of attorneys serves franchise clients in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. Experienced and highly respected, they have helped more than 200 clients advance their businesses in the last five years.
This is the fifth consecutive year Franchise Times has named Gotaskie and Sigety to the list and the third time it has recognized Gerhards and Center. Tractenberg has been a Legal Eagle since the list’s inception 15 years ago and is a member of the its Hall of Fame.
Gotaskie, a partner with the firm, represents individuals, partnerships and companies in diverse legal matters including complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and franchising issues. He serves as editor of Fox’s Franchise Law Update blog and has recorded numerous podcasts that touch upon issues impacting franchisors and franchisees.
Gotaskie currently serves on the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Steering Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Franchising and is the co-author of a chapter respecting the Assumption, Rejection and Assignment of Franchise Agreements for a Bankruptcy Handbook for Franchise Professionals to be published by the ABA later this year.
Gotaskie received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S., cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Sigety, co-chair of Fox’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Group and the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group, has been a trusted adviser to clients for more than two decades. Active with the International Franchise Association (IFA), she has been recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the IFA and serves on the Women’s Franchise Committee of the IFA. In addition, Sigety co-founded the IFA’s Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Franchise Network.
Sigety received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College.
A skilled international litigator, Tractenberg handles complex business disputes involving intellectual property, licenses, business torts and insolvency issues. His practice centers on developing and protecting the financial and brand equity of franchise companies. He regularly structures new franchise programs, many of which are international. In addition, Tractenberg defends and enforces franchise agreements and is a frequent writer and teacher of the subject. He is recognized in peer reviewed Chambers USA for Franchising (Nationwide), Best Lawyer as Lawyer of the Year for Franchise law 2018 (Philadelphia) and 2012 (New York), International Who’s Who in Law-Franchising and Super Lawyers (Blue Ribbon-franchising).
Tractenberg earned his J.D. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and his B.A.,cum laude, from La Salle University.
Gerhards, co-chair of Fox’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Group, works with startup and established franchise clients to structure franchise programs; draft franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements and related contracts; and counsel clients on regulatory compliance matters, including obtaining and renewing state franchise registrations. She also handles matters related to master franchising, multi-unit licensing and area-development business arrangements.
Gerhards, who was recently named among the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, is the current Chair of the IFA Philadelphia Women’s Franchise Network, Member of the ABA Forum on Franchising Program Committee and was recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the IFA. Gerhards also frequently writes and speaks on legal issues in the franchise industry and will be presenting at the 2018 IFA Annual Franchise Legal Symposium in Washington D.C.
Gerhards received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duquesne University and her B.A., cum laude, from Bloomsburg University.
Center, an associate with the firm, counsels both large and small franchisors in a variety of matters, including preparation of initial, renewal and amended franchise disclosure documents (including all ancillary agreements), incorporation of franchisor entities, and maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations on registration, disclosure and potential exemption. She supports clients at every stage of the franchise relationship, including with negotiations of franchise agreements and addressing default and termination issues. Center also advises clients on the purchase of entire franchise systems.
Center writes and speaks on legal issues relating to franchising, licensing and distribution. She recently authored, “Is it Possible to Fully Insulate Yourself from Personal Liability?” for the Franchise Law Journal. She is also an active contributor to Fox’s Franchise Law Update blog and will be speaking at the 2018 IFA Franchise Expo in May on franchise agreement negotiation points.
Center received both her J.D. and her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Elizabeth Sigety and John Gotaskie Jr. Named “Legal Players” by 1851 Franchise
Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Elizabeth D. Sigety and John R. Gotaskie, Jr., who were named “Legal Players” by 1851 Franchise, an award recognizing the highest profile attorneys in franchising.
Sigety, co-chair of the firm’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Group and of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice Group, regularly advises clients on venture capital and angel financing and mergers and acquisitions as well as in franchising, securities, private placements, franchise regulatory matters and franchise agreements. Recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the International Franchise Association (IFA), she also co-founded and served as co-chair of the IFA’s Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Franchise Network and is currently on the Women’s Franchise Committee. Sigety is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to franchising.
Sigety received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Gotaskie, a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Franchising Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division (LADR), represents both franchisors and franchisees, as well as individuals, partnerships and companies, in litigation and general corporate matters, including advice respecting Franchise Disclosure Documents, franchise agreements and related contracts. Gotaskie is a frequent author on franchise issues, including a chapter on the Acceptance, Rejection and Assignment of franchise agreements in a forthcoming ABA Forum book respecting practical bankruptcy issues for franchise professionals. Gotaskie also chairs the Franchise Business Network of the IFA in Pittsburgh
Gotaskie received his B.S., cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Sigety and Gotaskie are both key forces on the firm’s Franchise Law Update blog, which Gotaskie edits. The blog highlights all aspects of franchising, as well as diverse topics such as business finance, employment, litigation and the protection of intellectual property. In addition, both have been regularly named a “Legal Eagle” by the Franchise Times.
The Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee is pleased to announce the addition of a Russian Language Brochure to the website. Information on Mediation translated into Spanish, Polish and now Russian can be found on the BCBA website under the Attorney Resources and Community Resources tabs, scrolling down to Mediation.
Melanie Wender Becomes Trustee of the Bucks County Bar Foundation
(Doylestown, PA) Williams Family Law attorney Melanie J. Wender has been appointed to the board of the Bucks County Bar Foundation (BCBF). As the charitable arm of the Bucks County Bar Association, the foundation works to support programs, organizations and individuals who work toward social justice in Bucks County.
The group’s activities include contributions to such organizations as Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Doylestown FISH, Tabor Home, Network of Victims Assistance and the Lenape Valley Foundation. The BCBF has also presented programs on the law in local elementary schools and provided scholarships to area students.
“I am really excited to be a part of the foundation’s efforts,” said Ms. Wender. “It is behind some really great work being done in our region, and Williams Family Law has long made a pledge to improve the communities we serve through volunteering our time.”
Wender concentrates her practice in all aspects of Pennsylvania divorce and family law in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. She is familiar with all issues surrounding the complexities of divorce, including equitable distribution, custody and support.
Williams Family Law provides matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The Williams Family Law practice centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.
Susan Maslow Participated in ABA Business Law Spring Meeting
Susan Maslow, Vice-Chair of the ABA Business Law Section Working Group to Draft Human Rights Protections in Supply Contracts, participated as Program Chair and one of six panelists in a CLE program at the ABA Business Law Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Friday, April 13, 2018 entitled “Protecting Human Rights in Supply Chains: Moving from Policy to Action.” Speakers included practitioners in private firms, industry representatives from multibillion-dollar international businesses, and academics. The program focused on the Working Group’s draft of a report with model contract clauses to protect the human rights of workers in international supply chains. The hope is that adopting the suggested text in supply contracts, purchase orders, and delivery documents will be more effective at preventing the kind of abuses that have recurred with horrifying frequency over the last few years, resulting in hundreds of deaths and countless injuries. The CLE program and materials include research and summary of recent and pending litigation in the context of violations of employee human rights, forced labor and child labor, domestically and abroad. The program drew on the knowledge and skill of those who have worked in the area, with perspectives from private practice, in-house lawyers, and law professors. The Working Group has been gathering feedback on the current draft of the report and model clauses and took the opportunity to gather more input from other business practitioners at the CLE program. The Working Group held a session following Friday’s program to discuss and digest the comments, to finalize the report and clauses, and to form a plan of national implementation.
Eastburn and Gray Welcomes Jennifer Donaldson
Doylestown, PA – Eastburn and Gray proudly announces the addition of Jennifer Donaldson to the firm’s Litigation and Education and School law practice groups. She will work out of the firm’s Doylestown office.
Ms. Donaldson has been representing school districts and their employees in all aspects of school law including special education matters for nearly fifteen years. She is additionally called upon to provide in-service trainings and presentations on a variety of school law topics and has presented CLEs at the Annual School Law Conference at Lehigh University and PBI’s Exceptional Children’s Conference. She routinely fields questions and counsels school administrators on various regulatory compliance issues and she also is a fierce advocate in litigation matters where she represents school districts in special education administrative due process hearings. Additionally, she has vast experience handling special education appeals in federal courts and she has also successfully argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Jennifer is a skilled attorney and a tremendously talented acquisition for Eastburn and Gray,” said Rod Eastburn, President and Chief Operating Officer of the firm.
Ms. Donaldson earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and the National Appellate Moot Court Competition Team. She earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College majoring in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of the Mind. Prior to her career in private practice, Ms. Donaldson was an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District’s Attorney’s Office.
Philadelphia Business Journal Honors Eleanor Gerhards
in Its 2018 40 Under 40 List
Warrington, PA – April 9, 2016 – Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Eleanor Vaida Gerhards on being named to the coveted 40 Under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The annual list recognizes current and future leaders across various industries in the region. Gerhards was selected out of hundreds of nominations.
A partner in the firm and co-chair of Fox’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Group, Gerhards leads a team of more than 40 attorneys in 21 offices who represent franchise and distribution companies in industrial, retail, food, entertainment, service, technology and home-based businesses.
She currently chairs the International Franchise Association (IFA) Philadelphia Women’s Franchise Network, a group of business professionals dedicated to boosting the success of women in the franchise industry. She also serves on the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising Program Steering Committee and is a Certified Franchise Executive, a designation received from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, an academic branch of the IFA’s Educational Foundation.
Active in the local business and legal community, Gerhards is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, various chambers of commerce and serves on the Budget (Finance) Committee and Bylaws Committee of the Bucks County Bar Association.
A frequent author and speaker on business and franchise matters, Gerhards contributes to the firm’s Franchise Law Update blog, which focuses on the regulatory aspects of franchising as well as diverse topics such as business finance, employment, litigation and the protection of intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights.
Gerhards is recognized as a Franchise Legal Eagle by Franchise Times magazine (2016, 2017, 2018) and was named to Super Lawyers’ 2017 “Rising Stars” list.
Eleanor Gerhards, Esq.
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Elizabeth Fineman Becomes Partner at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn
Elizabeth J. Fineman has been named a Partner of the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP. According to Managing Partner, Bill MacMinn, “Liz is a an impressive lawyer, her work ethic, skill and professionalism make her well deserving of Partner status with AMM”
Ms. Fineman concentrates her practice on domestic relations matters and handles a variety of issues, including divorce, child support, alimony/spousal support, marital taxation, equitable distribution and child custody matters. She has handled many high-income support cases and complicated divorce matters involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex tax and financial issues. Ms. Fineman holds an LL.M. in taxation.
Jeffrey Brahin presented a program last month at the Greater Bucks-Mont Chamber of Commerce on “Does your Corporation Really Protect You? Piercing the Corporate Veil.” The program focused on different ways that a creditor or plaintiff can attempt to obtain a judgment against a shareholder, director or officer of a business, and what a business can do to help to protect itself.
Mr. Brahin has a general business and real estate practice, focusing on both litigation and transactional matters.
Jeffrey Brahin, Esq.