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Ann Hurwitz

Ann Hurwitz

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Franchising

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About Me

I am a Certified Franchise Executive with over 30 years experience advising U.S. franchisors on the structuring and operation of their domestic and international franchise programs. I also represent non-U.S. based franchisors expanding into the U.S. market and advise clients on the structuring of non-franchised distribution systems. I represent clients of all sizes, from start-ups to mature companies with multi-national operations, including leaders in the hotel and hospitality,  restaurant and retail industries. As a two time winner of the International Law Office Client Choice Award for Franchising, I have been described as "very practical, able to understand business issues and extremely commercially aware." In 2011, I was recognized by the International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers as one of the 10 most highly regarded individuals internationally.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Franchising: 100%

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Contact Info

Baker Botts LLP

2001 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX, 75201-2980

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198305/24/2015
DCSuspended198105/24/2015
NCInactive198007/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2012
Legal EagleFranchise Times2012
Chambers, GlobalChambers & Partners Global2012
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2011
Client Choice Award (Franchising USA)International Law Office2011
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2011
Dallas Franchise Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2011
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly2011
Leading Individual, FranchisingChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2011
Best Women Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2010
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2010
Client Choice Award (Franchising USA)International Law Office2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2010
Leading Individual, FranchisingChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly2010
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2009
Leading Individual, FranchisingChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2009
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2009
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2008
Leading Individual, FranchisingChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2008
Leading Individual, FranchisingChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2007
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2007
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2006
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2006
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2005
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2004
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2004
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2002
International Who's Who of Franchise LawyersWho's Who Legal2002
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2001
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2000
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers1999
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers1998
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers1997
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers1996
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers1995
Legal EagleFranchise TimesN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chair, Franchise and Distribution Law GroupBaker Bottts LLP2012 - Present
PartnerDLA Piper LLP (US)1999 - 2009
PartnerJenkens & Gilchrist1996 - 1999
PartnerLocke Purnell Rain Harrell1992 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Franchise Association Legal Legislative CommitteeMember2012 - Present
International Franchise Association International CommitteeMember2012 - Present
International Franchise AssociationCo-Chair, Women's Franchise Network (N. Texas)2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingGoverning Committee Member1997 - 2000
Texas State Bar IP SectionChair, Franchise & Distribution Committee1994 - 1996
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingEditor in Chief, Franchise Law Journal1993 - 1997
International Franchise AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar Association, International Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar Association Franchise & Distribution Law SectionMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
International Bar Association Annual ConferenceKey Issues When Advising Master Franchisees And Area Developers - And Franchisors2012
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingYou Don't Want to be a Franchise? Structuring Business Systems Not To Qualify As Franchises2011
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumEffective Strategies for Collecting Amounts Due - Domestically & Internationally2011
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingCo-Editor, The FTC Franchise Rule Monograph2008
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumAt Your Service: Legal and Business Challenges Unique to the Service Industry2008
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingPlanning for Disasters and Coping When They Hit2006
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumGood Faith and Fair Dealing - Drafting to Clarify Obligations and Minimize Exposure2002
ABA Franchise Forum Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements (2nd Ed.)Texas Chapter: Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements2002
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingTough Issues: Drafting Challenges for Franchisors Operating in the New Economy2000
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingPolicies and Policy Statements: A Sword or A Shield?1997
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingCo-Editor, Building Franchise Relationships Monograph1996
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingRe-Shaping the System: Cooperative Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles to Change in the Mature Franchise System1995
Oklahoma City Law ReviewCo-Branding: Managing Franchise Brand Associations1995
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingCombining Affiliations: When Competitors Merge Their Franchise Systems1994
American Bar Association Forum on FranchisingAlternative Dispute Resolution in Franchise Systems1992

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of South Carolina, ColumbiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
International Franchise Association ConventionFranGuard2012
International Bar Association Annual ConferenceKey Issues When Advising Master Franchisees And Area Developers - And Franchisors2012
ABA WebinarYou Don't Want to be a Franchise? Alternative Distribution Models2012
Annual Meeting of the Forum on FranchisingMBA Concepts for Franchise Lawyers2009
31st Annual NYU Hospitality Industry Investment ConferenceEqual Protection: How Territorial Restraints Protect and Impact the Industry's Key Players2009
Hospitality Law ConferenceThe Franchise Debate2008
30th NYU Hospitality Industry Investment ConferenceHotel Franchise Agreements: Their Role as the Brands Evolve2008
29th Annual International Hospitality Industry Investment ConferenceNegotiating Franchise Agreements: You Can't Always Get What You Want2007
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumJudicial Update2004
Joint Meeting of the International Bar Association and International Franchise AssociationTermination of the Franchise Relationship1997
Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on FranchisingJudicial Update1993