David Koch



T (703) 774-1202
F (703) 774-1201

12005 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191



David Koch co-founded Plave Koch PLC in 2007 after many years of large-firm partnership. His practice focuses on franchising, licensing, and supply chain transactions.  Projects include structuring franchise programs and license arrangements, private equity investments in franchising, corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, antitrust counseling, advertising and marketing, and international expansion.

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He has worked with clients in foodservice, hotels, educational services, staffing, car rental, automotive, insurance, homeowner services, retail, and other industries. Before entering private practice, Dave served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Hon. Daniel Oliver, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

Dave is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, his alma mater, and at NYU Law School. Each law school operates an International Transactions Clinic where Dave works with students and clients on microfranchising and branded network projects.


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • University of Iowa (B.S. in Economics, with high honors)


  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007), Associate Editor (2002-2004), The Franchise Lawyer
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
  • International Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Who’s Who Legal – Franchise 2019
  • Best Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Franchise Times – “Legal Eagles” Hall of Fame
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • Smart CEO – Legal Elite
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Presenter, Moderator, or Co-Presenter:

Establishing a Relationship with Multi-Brand Retailers
2018 International Distribution Institute Annual Conference
June 8, 2018| Florence, Italy

Hot Topics in International Franchise Laws-Selected Contractual Issues
IBA/IFA Joint Conference
May 2017| Washington, DC

What to Expect When Private Equity Comes In (Pre-transition)
Franchise Capital Exchange
August 24, 2016| Chicago, IL

Beyond CSR - Engaging Corporations in Impact Investing
Legal Issues in Impact Investing (At Home and Abroad)
May 11, 2015| Washington, D.C.

Social Sector Franchising at the Bottom of the Pyramid – Solving the Challenges in the Developing World
International Franchise Association's 55th Annual Convention
February 17, 2015| Las Vegas, NV

Rules of Engagement: Legal, Cultural and Operational Considerations for Inclusive Distribution at the Base of the Pyramid
SCALA Conference - Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank
October 3, 2014| Antigua, Guatemala

How to Know When Your Franchise is Ready to Go Global
International Franchise Association’ 54th Annual Convention
February 2014| New Orleans, LA

Expanding Through Branding: A Growth Opportunity for Social Enterprise Organizations
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) – Legal Working Group
January 2014| Washington, D.C.

Advanced FPRs: Writing, Using, Attacking and Defending Financial Performance Representations
International Franchise Association’s 46th Annual Legal Symposium
May 2013| Washington, D.C.

Due Diligence, Deal Structuring, Pricing & Exits – Four Top Deal Professionals Explain How They Identify & Navigate the Unique Issues of Franchise Deals
The Capital Roundtable – Private Equity Investing in Franchise Companies
October 2012| New York City, NY

From the Trenches – Four Private Equity Investors Report Why They Like Restaurant Companies
The Capital Roundtable – Private Equity Investing in Restaurant Companies
March 2012| New York City, NY

The Evolving Franchise System: How to Guide an Emerging System from ‘Baby Steps’ to a ‘Grown Up’ System
International Franchise Association’s 43rd Annual Legal Symposium
May 2010| Washington, D.C.

Strategic Financial Planning for Franchisors
International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Convention
February 2009| San Diego, CA

Franchising in India
International Franchise Expo
April 2008| Washington, D.C.

Franchising Opportunities: Leveraging on NRI Success
Third Annual Convention of the U.S. Indian-American Chamber of Commerce
September 5, 2007| Washington, D.C.

Using Development Agreements in International Franchise Expansion
23rd Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference
May 2007| Washington, D.C.

Regulatory & Legal Framework
1st Annual Indian Franchise Summit
March 10-11, 2007| New Delhi, India

The Newly Amended FTC Franchise Rule
International Franchise Association’s 47th Annual Convention
February 2007| Las Vegas, NV

The Other Contracts in the Franchise Relationship
ABA’s 29th Annual Forum on Franchising: The Fine Art of Franchise Law
October 11-13, 2006| Boston, MA

What Every Franchisor Needs to Know About Privacy and Security
Wiley Rein & Fielding Teleconference
April 20, 2006| Washington, D.C.

Trends in U.S. Franchise Law for Non-U.S. Lawyers
International Franchise Association’s 38th Annual Legal Symposium
May 8-10, 2005| Washington, D.C.

International Summit: Issues in International Development
International Franchise Association’s 45th Annual Convention
March 6-9, 2005| Hollywood, FL

Best Practices for Defining Your Franchise Renewal Process
International Franchise Convention’s 46th Annual Convention
February 25-28, 2005| Palm Springs, CA

Privacy Issues that Affect Franchising
American Bar Association’s 27th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 7, 2004| Vancouver, BC

Negotiating a Lease or Sublease Agreement
International Franchise Association’s 37th Annual Legal Symposium
May 24, 2004| Washington, D.C.

Anti-Terrorism Regulation and Franchising
International Franchise Association’s 36th Annual Legal Symposium
May 12, 2003| Washington, D.C.

Entering the U.S. Market: Legal and Practical Advice
International Symposium of the British Franchise Association/IFA
October 9, 2002| London, England

Essentials of E-Commerce
ABA’s 24th Annual Forum on Franchising
October 10-12, 2001| San Francisco, CA

The Role of Technology in Tactical Execution
International Franchise Association’s 41st Annual Convention
February 24, 2001| Las Vegas, NV

The Electronic Franchise Agreement
International Franchise Association Second Tuesday Program
December 19, 2000| Tysons Corner, VA

The Proposed Small Business Franchise Act of 1999: The End of Franchising As We Know It?
Federal Bar Association Annual Convention
September 22, 2000| Cleveland, OH

Emerging Privacy Issues in Franchising
International Franchise Association’s 33rd Annual Legal Symposium
May 14-16, 2000| Washington, D.C.

Replication and Sealing for Impact Univ. Of New Hampshire
Social Sector Franchising Initiative 2018 Webinar Series
April 11,2018| Webinar

Personal Exposure: Risk Management in the Franchise Relationship
ABA’s 22nd Annual Forum on Franchising
October 13-15, 1999| Palm Springs, CA

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Author or Co-Author:

Franchising Q&A: US
Thomson Reuters Practical Law
July 31, 2020

A Marriage Made in Heaven? Private Equity and International Franchising
International Journal of Franchising Law
Volume 13 - Issue 1 - 2015| Claerhout Publishing Ltd.

Bringing Your Franchise Concept to the U.S. Market – Guidance for Non-U.S. Franchisors
Int’l Sales and Marketing Practice Manual
June 2013

Advanced FPRs: Writing, Using, Attacking and Defending Financial Performance Representations
International Franchise Association’s 46th Annual Legal Symposium
May 2013| Washington, D.C.

Weathering the Storm: Assessing the Resilience of the Franchise Model
World Trademark Review
June/July 2012

Dr. Jekyll’s Wife and Other Stories from the ABA Consumer Protection Conference
LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert vol. 17 no. 6
March 2011| American Lawyer Media

Franchising in Asia: Breaking the Curse of Assumption
LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert vol. 17 no. 3
December 2010| American Lawyer Media

Beware the “Other” FTC
Franchise Law News
Q3 2010| Franchise Update Media

Microfranchising: A Business Approach to Fighting Poverty
Franchise Law Journal vol. 30 no. 1
Summer 2010| American Bar Association

Privacy Programs for Small Businesses
Franchising World
October 2009

News From Around the World
International Franchising Newsletter
September 2009| International Bar Association Legal Practice Division

Turning to Franchising in Troubled Times
World Trademark Review
June/July 2009

The Queen Reigns – and Chops Off the Head of Franchise Tying Claims in the United States
Franchise and Distribution, Vol. XV No. 1
February 2009

The Other Contracts in the Franchise Relationship
American Bar Assoc. Forum on Franchising
October 11, 2006

Private Equity Financing Fuels Franchise Boom
IndUS Bus. Journal, Vol. 6 No. 18
September 15, 2006

Princeton Review Litigation Puts Renewal Condition to the Test
Int’l Journal of Franchising Law, Vol. 4, Issue 2
May 18, 2006

Privacy Issues that Affect Franchising
Forum on Franchising
October 2004| American Bar Association

Search Terms for Sale: Internet Poachers and Trademark Bidding
ACC Docket 22, No. 4, 24-41
April 2004

How Franchisors and Franchisees Can Work Together on Employment Issues
Franchising World
October 2003

Electronic UFOCs? Yes!
February 28, 2003| Washington, D.C.

Electronic Signature Capability Arrives, But Skepticism Abounds
Franchising World
July/August 2001

Retool Your Franchise Agreement to Recruit Minorities and Women
Franchising World
April 2001

The Electronic Franchise Agreement: Part II
Franchising World
November/December 2000

The Proposed “Small Business Franchise Act of 1999”: The End of Franchising as We Know It?
September 22, 2000

Franchisor Survival Guide to Online Privacy
GPSolo, Best of ABA Sections Issue
March 2000

Competition for Investors Forces Franchisors to Reconsider Personal Exposure of Franchise Owners
February 1, 2000

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