Leslie focuses on advising her clients (whether start-up, middle-market, or mature) on franchise and distribution law, including structuring the relationship and regulatory compliance. Her practice emphasizes both domestic and international franchises and licensing, as well as area development, area representative and sub-franchise arrangements. Leslie also assists with mergers and acquisitions of franchise companies, franchisor-franchisee relationship issues (including complex negotiations with franchisees) and exemption-based franchising. She regularly trains franchisor executives with respect to best practices for compliance with franchise sales and relationship laws.
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D.)
- Elizabethtown College (B.A.)
- American Bar Association
- Governing Committee (2010-2016)
- Governing Committee – Young Lawyer Division Liaison (2007-2009)
- Co-Chair, ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting (2011, Los Angeles)
- International Franchise Association
Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia
- Best Lawyers – 2016 Franchise Lawyer of the Year, Washington D.C.
- Chambers USA
- Franchise Times Legal Eagles
Presenter, Moderator, or Co-Presenter:
Art and Science of FDD Drafting
American Bar Association’s 37th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 15-17, 2014| Seattle, WA
Fundamentals of Franchising on the Road
American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising
June 11, 2014| New York City, NY
Current Hot Topics In Franchise Registration And Disclosure
International Franchise Association’s 47th Annual Legal Symposium
May 4-6, 2014| Chicago, IL
Crisis and Reputation Management: Shaping Standards of Behavior and Implementing Response Plans
American Bar Association’s 36th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 16-18, 2013| Orlando, FL
Fundamentals of Franchising
American Bar Association’s 33rd Forum on Franchising
October 13-15, 2010| San Diego, CA
Growth Through Multi-Unit Franchising
American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Forum on Franchising
October 15-16, 2009| Toronto, ON
Managing the Multi-State Disclosure Process – Legal Roundtable
International Franchise Association’s 42nd Annual Legal Symposium
May 2009| Washington, D.C.
Common Pitfalls for Prospective Franchisees
International Franchise Expo
March 2009| Washington, D.C.
International Franchise Association 49th Annual Convention
February 2009| San Diego, CA
Best Practices for Dealing with a Franchisee Who Doesn’t Fit Into the System – Legal Roundtable
International Franchise Association’s 41st Annual Legal Symposium
May 2008| Washington, D.C.
Pros and Cons of Using Brokers, Development Agents and Referral Sources
American Bar Association’s 30th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 10-12, 2007| Phoenix, AZ
How to Deal with the Financially Distressed Franchisee
International Franchise Association’s 40th Annual Legal Symposium
May 8, 2007| Washington, D.C.
Best Practices for Working with Franchisees on Transfers Roundtable
International Franchise Association 47th Annual Convention
February 24-27, 2007| Las Vegas, NV
Dealing with Financially Distressed Franchisees
International Franchise Association’s 38th Annual Legal Symposium
May 8-10, 2005| Washington, D.C.
Obtaining Franchisee Buy-In to Re-Imaging Programs
International Franchise Association 45th Annual Convention
March 6-9, 2005| Hollywood, FL
Author or Co-Author:
The Franchise Law Compliance Manual, Chapter 2, Franchise Disclosure and Sales Compliance
Forum on Franchising
2011| American Bar Association
Understanding Franchise Law
Young Lawyers’ Division
August 2009| American Bar Association
Exemption-Based Franchising: Are You Playing in a Minefield?
28 American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal No. 4
Legal Considerations In Expanding a Business through Franchising
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Sweeping Changes to Federal Labor Law Gain Momentum on Capitol Hill
May 2, 2007| Franchise Alert
The Franchise Transfer Process: Taking it One Step at a Time
April 25, 2007| Franchise Alert
Small Business Health Plans: What Will 2007 Bring?
March 16, 2007| Franchise Alert
The Basics of the Franchise Registration Process
February 21, 2007| Franchise Alert
Franchise Registration: It’s Time to Renew
February 20, 2007| Franchise Alert
Small Business Health Plans: Are They Getting Closer to Reality?
The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 1
Taking The Plunge—Are You Ready To Franchise?
Small Business Opportunities
Retool Your Franchise Program to Attract and Retain Women Franchisees
June 2004| Franchising World