Leslie Pujo

Partner

Contact

T (703) 774-1210
F (703) 774-1201
lpujo@plavekoch.com

12005 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191

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Experience

Leslie Pujo brought her practice of vehicle rental law and franchising to Plave Koch PLC in April 2016.  She is adept at counseling clients on franchise registration and disclosure matters, franchise relationship issues, and pre-litigation dispute resolution, as well as structuring franchise and other distribution systems in a variety of industries.  Additionally, Leslie is experienced in counseling clients on general commercial contracts, corporate organization, and general trademark matters.

Leslie’s particular experience is in vehicle rental law. She counsels on vehicle rental regulatory compliance and rental agreements for operators of all sizes and types, including local, airport, franchised, and carsharing operations. In her previous firm, LaPlaca Pujo, P.C., Leslie was the partner of and successor to the late Michael LaPlaca, the unquestioned dean of vehicle rental law for nearly four decades. Leslie carries on that proud tradition at Plave Koch, where she also continues to oversee editing and publication of the Federal and StateGuide© to Vehicle Rental Law.

Leslie has served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and at University of Maryland University College for several years. She is a frequent speaker on vehicle rental and franchising legal issues at the IFA Legal Symposium, the Car Rental Show, the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association Convention, and the MBA Insurance Rental School.

Leslie has served as director of MCCPTA Educational Programs, Inc., a nonprofit organization overseeing educational enrichment programs in science, foreign language and cultural arts.

Et le meilleur de tout, she is fluent in French!

Education

  • George Washington University (J.D. with highest honors); Senior Notes Editor, The George Washington Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • University of Toulouse I (D.E.S.S. with honors)
  • Trinity University (B.A.)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising and Section on Law Practice Management
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Not admitted in Virginia
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Presentations

Presenter, Moderator, or Co-Presenter:

Technology and the Law: Are you Compliant?
Car Rental Show
April 2013| Las Vegas, Nevada

Legal and Legislative Update
Car Rental Show
March 2012| Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration and Franchise Law
38th International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2005| Washington, D.C.

Vehicle Rental Law 101
MBA Insurance Rental School
February 2011| Las Vegas, Nevada

Disclosure Requirements Under Federal and State Laws
43rd International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2010| Washington, D.C.

Complying with Brand Standards
40th International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
May 2007| Washington, D.C.

Rental Agreement Workshop and Legal Update
RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
October 2012| Las Vegas, Nevada

Vehicle Rental Law 101
MBA Insurance Rental School
February 2012| Las Vegas, Nevada

Legal and Legislative Update
Car Rental Show
March 2011| Las Vegas, Nevada

Rental Agreement Workshop and Legal Update
RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
October 2013| Las Vegas, Nevada

Basics of Vehicle Rental Agreements
MBA Insurance Rental School
February 2014| Las Vegas, Nevada

Legal and Legislative Update: Law and Disorder
Car Rental Show
April 2014| Las Vegas, Nevada

Devil in the Details: Drafting Rental Agreements
RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
March 2015| Las Vegas, Nevada

Devil in the Details: Drafting Rental Agreements
MBA Insurance Rental School
March 2015| Las Vegas, Nevada

Impounds, Electronic Agreements, and GPS Tracking: Staying Legal on Today’s Hot Button Issues
Auto Rental Summit
November 2015| Las Vegas, Nevada

Vehicle Rental Law 101
MBA Insurance Rental School
March 2016| Las Vegas, Nevada

Overview of Franchise Agreements and Legal Issues
International Car Rental Show
April 2016| Las Vegas, Nevada

The Recall Bill is Law – What Now?
International Car Rental Show
April 2016| Las Vegas, Nevada

Effective Counter Sales that Won’t Get You in Trouble
Auto Rental Summit
October 2016| Buena Vista, FL

Mini Rental School
RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
November 2016| Las Vegas, Nevada

Rental Agreements for the New Millennium
RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
November 2016| Las Vegas, Nevada

Vehicle Rental Law 101
MBA Insurance Rental School
February 2017| Las Vegas, Nevada

New Mobility Models: Know the Opportunities, Risks and Legalities
International Car Rental Show
March 2017| Las Vegas, Nevada

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Publications

Author or Co-Author:

Class Lessons: Learning from Class Actions
Auto Rental News-Handbook
2014| Bobit Business Media

Franchisor, Franchisee and Vicarious Liability
Auto Rental News
Sept/Oct 2016| Bobit Business Media

The Graves Amendment: Challenges, Interpretations and Answers
Auto Rental News
March/April 2016| Bobit Business Media

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