Jim_Rubinger

James C. Rubinger

Partner

Background & Experience

Jim brings over two decades of franchise litigation, arbitration, and mediation experience to Plave Koch. His resume includes some of the best-known cases in franchising, particularly in post-merger disputes.  More than that, he adds the benevolence and perspective that only a father of 4 daughters can deliver.

Jim specializes in franchise and trademark litigation and counseling. He also counsels franchisors operating competing brands on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, extraterritorial application of U.S. trademark law and franchise termination disputes and distribution issues.

Speeches and Presentations (as presenter, moderator, or co-presenter)

Expansion, Encroachment, Impact and Cannibalization
41st International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2008 | Washington, DC

After the Acquisition: Legal Issues Affecting the Integration/Conversion of Acquired Units
39th International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2006 | Washington, DC

Representing Franchise Clients in the Post-Enron World
American Bar Association
27th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 7, 2004 | Vancouver, British Columbia

Using the Lanham Act to Combat Foreign Trademark Piracy
34th International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2001 | Washington, DC

Representing Multiple Brands
International Franchise Association Annual Convention
February 2001 | Las Vegas, NV

The Role of Technology in Tactical Execution
International Franchise Association Annual Convention
February 2001 | Las Vegas, NV

Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies
32nd International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 1999 | Washington, DC

Acquiring and Operating Multiple Franchise Systems
International Franchise Association Annual Convention
March 1999 | Miami Beach, FL

Education

  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • Brown University (B.A.)

Publications

Prevailing Franchisor Awarded Attorneys’ Fees

JULY 30, 2007 | Franchise Alert


Operation of Competing Brands Upheld Again

SEPTEMBER 2005 | The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 1


Using the Lanham Act to Combat Foreign Trademark Piracy

MAY 18, 2001 | Franchise Alert


Operation of Competing Franchise Systems

MAY 28, 2000 | Franchise Alert


Admitted to Practice