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  1. Franchising: 65%
    28 years
  2. International Law: 20%
    28 years
  3. Internet: 15%
    28 years

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12005 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 200
Reston, VA, 20191-3404


VAAuthorized to practice law200409/15/2015
DCActive 198705/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA2015
Legal Eagles Hall of FameFranchise Times2015
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top Practitioner in North AmericaIntl. Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co Founding PartnerPlave Koch PLC2007 - Present
PartnerDLA Piper1996 - 2007
PartnerBrownstein, Zeidman & Schomer1987 - 1996
Attorney, Enforcement Div., Bur. Consumer ProtectionFederal Trade Commission1983 - 1987
Law ClerkFederal Election Commission1981 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, International Franchise and Distribution DivisionDirector2012 - 2014
Virginia State BarMember2004 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1987 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Franchise AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar AssociationGoing Green: The Impact of Energy Efficient Schemes and Carbon Reduction Commitments on Franchising2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Clark UniversityGovernment and International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Restaurant AssociationVicarious Liability and Joint Employer Issues in Franchising2015
International Franchising ExpoWeb 2.0: Social Networking + Data in Franchising2015
International Bar AssociationReport from the U.S.2015
Georgetown University Law SchoolFundamentals of Franchising Antitrust and What is a Franchise?2014
American Bar AssociationKey Issues and Decision Points for a Franchisor Wishing to Expand Internationally Franchising2014
American Bar AssociationUnique Issues and Limitations in International Franchising2014
International Franchise AssociationWho Owns Customer Data in Franchise Systems?2013
American Bar AssociationTechnology + Franchising: Data / Social Media and Social Networking Policies2013