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Our firm is a boutique business and franchise law firm.  We represent businesses in the greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties from start-up to small publicly traded corporations and every size in-between.  We represent franchisee and franchisor clients nationwide. We review, revise and negotiate commercial leases nationwide on behalf of our business and franchise clients.


I enjoy reading and spending time with my husband and our family. 


My hobby is photography.


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Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 65%
    26 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Business: 20%
    36 years, 20 thousand cases
  3. Commercial: 15%
    30 years, 650 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Spadea, Lanard & Lignana

1315 Walnut Street.
Suite 1532
Philadelphia, PA, 19107


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EagleFranchise Times2014
Legal EagleFranchise Times2013
Legal EagleFranchise Times2012
Legal EagleFranchise Times2011
Awesome AttorneySuburban Life Magazine2011
Franchise Law ExpertLinked In2009
Property Law ExpertLinked In2009
Small Business Law ExpertLinked In2009
Top 101 Franchise Legal EaglesFranchise Times2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerSpadea, Lanard & Lignana2012 - Present
Senior PartnerLaw Offices of Nancy L. Lanard, P.C.1993 - 2011
Assistant General CounselNuti/System, Inc.1989 - 1993
Assistant General CounselAlco Industries, Inc.1984 - 1989
Assistant General CounselAlco Standard Corporation1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Council of Shopping CentersMember2012 - Present
International Franchise AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionMember2010 - Present
Bucks County Bar Association, Women Lawyers DivisionMember2009 - 2013
Bucks County Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2009 - 2013
Bucks County Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2013
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice SectionCouncil2008 - Present
Willow Grove Chamber of CommerceAmbassador2006 - 2007
Professional Business Network (PBN)Director2006 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association Franchise Law CommitteeMember2005 - Present
Horsham Chamber of CommerceChair of Women's Resource Group2005 - 2008
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMember2005 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1993 - Present
Montgomery County Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1990 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Is A Franchise Agreement Negotiable?Added Addendum to "Non-Negotiable" Franchise Agr.
Common Area Maintenace ChargesTypically we are able to negotiate a substantial number of the 28 items into the lease saving the tenant/client money each month
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Publication nameTitleDate
Solo & Small Firm Practice Section News Of the PA Bar AssociationRepresenting the Commercial Tenant2009
The Costco ConnectionFending Off Franchising Fiascos2008
Paddle Dealer MagazineConfronting Employee Theft2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolEducationMS - Master of Science1975
University of PennsylvaniaSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Franchise Law CLECommercial Leases2009
Several Internet Radio InterviewsFranchise Law2007
Starting a BusinessLegal Aspects of Starting a Business2005
Women Business EntrepreneursLegal Issues in Starting and Buying a Business2004