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Nancy L. Lanard

Franchising Attorney at Plymouth Meeting, PA

5.0   29 reviews

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About Nancy

Learn Nancy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Franchising
    65%
    Primarily representing individuals nationwide who are looking to acquire a franchise or buy an existing franchise business. We review the franchise documents to assist the client in evaluating the opportunity. We also represent businesses all over the world that are looking to expand through franchising.

    34 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Business
    20%
    We represent businesses in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. Our clients range from publicly traded corporations and large family held companies to start-up businesses. We assist with acquisitions and sales of businesses, every type of contract, joint ventures, non-compete agreements, supplier and customer contracts, etc.

    44 years, 20,000 cases

  3. Commercial real estate
    15%
    We represent businesses and franchisees in the review, revision and negotiation of the lease for their business. We have many areas of revisions from Americans With Disability Act warranty, CAM charges exclusions, repairs, hazardous substances warranty, rent commencement, etc. My firm's services can put your business in a much stronger position with your Landlord and may even save you money each month.

    38 years, 650 cases

Nancy Lanard is passionate about her clients and their success. For over 25 years Nancy has prided herself in listening to her clients, thinking outside the box to respond to their needs and speaking to them in plain English and not legalese. With her years of experience as an in-house attorney and as a business owner herself, Nancy can better advise her business clients, and brings to the relationship an in depth understanding and compassion for their business situations and needs.

She is the author of many articles, has been quoted in numerous national publications and has been interview for many video and audio podcasts and radio programs on the topic of business and franchise law. Her years of experience representing clients buying a franchise or businesses that want to expand by franchising nationwide, has earned her the award of Legal Eagle for over 12 consecutive years. Nancy not only represents start-ups and small to mid-size companies as their legal advisor, she also represents commercial tenants/franchisees nationwide for many franchise chains, including My Salon Suite, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Pet Supplies Plus, Scout & Molly's, Huntington Learning Center and Sylvan Learning Center, among others. Nancy believes that every successful business has a team behind it consisting of a business attorney and business accountant. Nancy would like to be on your business team. Let her know how she can make your business dreams a reality.

Nancy started her legal practice working as an in-house attorney for several very large corporations, the last of which was Nutri/System, Inc., which at the time was the number one weight-loss company in the United States, having 1300 franchised locations and 500 corporate locations. While at Nutri/System, she oversaw mass tort litigation of over 500 personal injury/product liability lawsuits, responded to federal investigations of her clients by the FDA and FTC, advised on American's with Disabilities Act compliance, prepared employment manuals, assisted with international and national trademark and patent licensing and provided bankruptcy and antitrust advice. When Nutri/System, Inc. went into bankruptcy over 25 years ago, Nancy started her firm.

With her years of experience as an in-house attorney and as a business owner herself, Nancy can better advise her business clients, and brings to the relationship understanding and compassion for their business situations and needs.

Nancy's experience has included advising and assisting with evaluation of franchise documents, general corporate and real estate counseling (including negotiating and drafting contracts, handling the purchase and sale of businesses, drafting joint venture agreements, and representing businesses in the buying, selling, developing, managing, and leasing of real estate).

She has also assisted with hiring, firing, promoting and managing employees and the issues surrounding those actions; preparing financing documentation; advising on federal regulations; and drafting and negotiating documentation for the sale and acquisition of franchises, including preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents and Franchise Agreements.

Nancy is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, obtained her Masters of Science degree in Education the following year, with honors, and then subsequently graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law in the top ten percent of her class and on the Law Review.

Nancy is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising, the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she has sat on the Board of the Solo and Small Firm Section, and has been appointed to the Women in the Profession Commission, and the Montgomery County Bar Association's Business Law Section and Franchise Law Committee. She sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Virtual Programming Committee which includes the Virtual Speaker Series, is on the Board of Directors of PBN (Professional Business Network), has been an Ambassador for the Suburban Horsham Willow Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Resource Group of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and former chair of the Women's Business Resource Network of the Horsham Chamber of Commerce. Nancy is active in neighborhood relations and has assisted the youth in her community through various volunteer activities.

Nancy resides in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite pastime is photography - particularly photos of sunsets, birds and her family.

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Licensed for 44 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Nancy

Lanard and Associates
600 W. Germantown Pike
Suite 400
Plymouth Meeting, PA, 19462

Reviews

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Posted by Bruce | August 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Owner
Smart and easy to talk to. Thank you for your help! It was great working with you
Response from Nancy Lanard August 12, 2022
Thank you!
Posted by Yale | July 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Service!
Outstanding customer service and attentiveness. As a fellow attorney, it was a breath of fresh air to have someone walk you through an area that I was unfamiliar with when searches for franchises. The attorneys at Lanard put the client's interests at the forefront and they make everything very easy to understand. Highly recommend!
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Response from Nancy Lanard August 12, 2022
Thank you very much Yale!
Posted by Seth | May 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
S. Caplan Franchise Owner & Brand Ambassador
My experience with Nancy was top notch. She gave me the confidence to take the final step and become a franchise owner! The team made me feel comfortable from day one, took the time to listen and answer all my questions while educating me beyond my expectations. I highly recommend using there services to give you the confidence for your next opportunity! Thank you!
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Posted by Dave | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
I worked with Kim and Nancy at Lanard & Associates to review and execute my franchise agreement and am completely satisfied with the services they provided. They were extremely professional and reviewed their suggestions with me very clearly. They provided me with clear expectations throughout the process meeting each of them. I would highly recommend Lanard & Associates for legal services with franchise law.
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Posted by Michael | November 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Experience
I initially found Lanard and Associates through a Google search. After reaching out by email, I received a prompt reply along with several very helpful links (videos, resources and articles) to review. Being new to franchising, and just starting to review the FDD of a franchise I was considering, the content was very informative and helpful. Nancy Lanard and I then had our initial consultation and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed! I have run a marketing agency serving law firms for 5 years and have worked with at least a couple hundred attorneys during that time. So, before meeting with her, I took the time to check her out online. She is without a doubt one of the if not THE leading attorney in her space. When we got on the phone Nancy was professional, extremely knowledgeable, very friendly, an excellent communicator and provided exactly the advice I needed, to know how to proceed (or not to proceed) with this particular franchise opportunity. She offered additional resources to assist me after our call as well. She spoke with me and helped me like she was speaking with a friend. If your are considering becoming a franchisee, call her. I could not recommend her highly enough!
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Response from Nancy Lanard November 5, 2021
Thank you Michael. I am delighted I was able to provide help and guidance to you with this important decision. I will be happy to assist you again in the future should the need arise. Thanks, Nancy
Posted by Michelle | August 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Surprise & Delight
Nancy was so extremely helpful with a question I had regarding a local broker agreement. She didn't charge me for her time reviewing and editing. I was so grateful, as I have very little cash on hand. I would absolutely look to work with her again!
Posted by Kyle | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted Advisors
Being new to the world of franchising, reading through and understanding FDD & FA documents was a daunting task to say the least. I just didn't know what I didn't know. At the very least, I knew I needed help from an experienced franchise law firm to make sure I understood exactly what I was potentially getting myself into. After researching various firms, I reached out to Lanard and Associates and set up a consultation call with Nancy. The call with Nancy went great. She took the time to get to know me a bit, and made sure she understood what kind of help I was looking for. She was very transparent about what services her firm would provide, and how much money those services would cost. They weren't the most expensive or the least expensive of the firms I looked at, and I got a good vibe when we spoke, so the price was right for me. Kimberly Meyer was the attorney assigned to my case, and she lived up to everything that Nancy promised. Kimberly was very friendly and easy to work with. She spent a good 3 hours on the phone with me detailing all the pertinent parts of the documents, including the information that the documents did not contain. She was quick to respond to all of my follow-up questions regardless of how early or late in the day I emailed her. I think there was one day where Kimberly was on vacation and I had a question, but not to fear as Nancy was all over it! I felt informed and prepared going into my first Discovery Day, and with Kimberly's guidance, I was even able to negotiate some of the terms of the Franchise Agreement! Great communication throughout the entire process which is huge for me! I highly recommend working with Kimberley and Nancy when evaluating franchise brands, and franchisors.
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Posted by zia | April 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
GREAT LAWYER
I had a question about my issues with a franchise , Tis great lady MS Nancy Lanard took her time , and went through my documents and listened patiently to me and provided me with greatest advise so far i got and she did not charge me for the advise. I truly appreciate her time and effort and recommend her . YOU ARE THE BEST NANCY , THANK YOU SO MUCH
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Response from Nancy Lanard April 1, 2021
Thank you Zia. I wish you the very best!
Posted by Andrew | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
New Franchise Owner
After executing of the franchise documents and wire transfer I wanted to follow up with a note to say thank you. As someone new to franchising it was important to me to make sure I got started on good footing and understood the details of the business arrangement. I appreciate your firms attention to detail, professionalism, and willingness to answer my questions as a client.
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Response from Nancy Lanard March 3, 2021
Thank you Andrew!
Posted by John | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Firm
I retained this law firm with regard to lease negotiations for a new business. As you can imagine, opening a new business can be scary, stressful and eye opening. The attorney who handled my lease negotiation was Sara, and I felt extremely lucky to have her in my corner throughout the process. My emails and phone calls were quickly answered, and she always made herself available. Her professionalism and ability to make me feel like I was her only client was second to none. I always felt like she had my back like a family member would. I strongly recommend Lanard & Associates!
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Posted by Justin | May 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More Help than I Ever Could Have Imagined!
I reached out to Lanard & Associates a few years ago expecting nothing more than a Franchise Agreement review. They were exceptional to work with and went above and beyond my expectations. I left that process with a clear understanding of the agreement and several amendments that they helped me negotiate. What happened next was a surprise to everyone - and in a nutshell, I never moved forward. Nancy and Erin were with me for the ride, providing guidance until the entire thing was resolved. I highly recommend this firm and received value for every penny I paid!
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Posted by Linda | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Franchise Review
Nancy and her team do an exceptional job reviewing documents for my clients. I even used them for my own franchise acquisition. They are knowledgeable and informative in pointing out things to look for as well as just to make sure it's understood.
Posted by Mariano | February 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal ROCK STARS!!!
After a successful 20 year corporate career, I recently decided to embark on a promising franchise. I discovered Nancy and Lanard & Associates online after watching and reading many of the very educative online content the have authored on Franchise and Franchise Law. I gave Nancy a call and oh wow I am glad I did. Below a few words I shared with Nancy and Sara after signing my first franchise agreement. "Sara, A brief note to let you know that we signed the agreements this afternoon. I am extremely excited about this new adventure. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you one more time for all your counsel during the process. You are a legal ROCK STAR!! in my books. You are an expert at what you do, you are thorough, you are patient, you educated me again and again about franchising, you highlighted many watchouts, you inspire to negotiate with confidence, you facilitated a great outcome and a solid deal. Thanks again!!"
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Posted by Lauren | February 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy!
After our initial call with Nancy, we knew we would be in good hands! My mom, sister & myself needed some legal help with starting a new business, lease negotiations, etc.. Nancy had us set up with one of her associates, Yvonne, who really knows her stuff in all aspects of dealing with Landlords and working her way through a commercial lease. We thought this process was going to be a stressful nightmare! It was actually a breeze! Yvonne was super knowledgable and attentive to our needs but most importantly, she fought for us in what she knew was right and didn't let us get taken advantage of! Thank you for that! We look forward to future legal advice from Nancy and Yvonne!!
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Posted by Mark | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Franchise Owner
I truly appreciate the professionalism and dedication that Lanard and Associates provided in making sure that I was protected as a tenant.
Posted by Tex | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
I was not sure about whether it was worth spending money on having an attorney review my franchise agreement and negotiate on my behalf, but after having done so, I am glad I did. Erin guided me through the unfamiliar world of franchise agreements. Using her experience she helped me understand what is normal and what is not. Her skill in handling the negotiation was something to behold and it put distance between myself and any conflict on the sticking points. In the end both the franchisor and myself are happy with the agreement we have and can look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership, with rules clearly outlined in my agreement.
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Response from Nancy Lanard October 9, 2019
Thank you Tex! Erin and I both appreciate your kind words!
Posted by Joe | July 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Nancy has represented us several times negotiating and closing lease deals. In all my years in corporate America negotiating contracts and working with attorneys, coupled with the few short years as a business owner and dealing with franchise, real estate and business attorneys, Nancy has consistently demonstrated exceptional, responsive and detailed professionalism. It can be a small landlord with a relationship-oriented approach or a large conglomerate with aggressive legal posturing and Nancy is able to navigate either scenario brilliantly. I would highly recommend Lanard and Associates to anyone seeking top notch representation.
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Posted by Joe Greenwood | July 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Satisfied
Hello Jessica and Nancy. I want to thank both of you ladies for being there for us on this journey, and I mean it was a journey. First, Nancy you convinced me early on that it was imperative, and in my best interest from a financial perspective, to have counsel review the Franchise Agreement and more importantly the Lease Agreement. You were 100% spot on with your advice and I am grateful and thankful that I listen. Secondly, Jessica I really don't know where to begin. You have a professional calmness and mental fortitude that I have not seen in but a few folks over my 40 year career. You were tremendously tenacious whiile being respectful and professional with working with the otherside (the enemy) lol. Thanks so much to the both of you and hope we can work together in the future. Sincerely your satisfied customer from Texas. jsg
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Posted by Deepak | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Yvonne is a Rock Star
Yvonne at Lanard and Associates was wonderful to work with. I wanted to thank them both for having their firm represent my first undertaking with a commercial lease. Form the first conversation with Nancy to getting after hour calls from Yvonne, I was in great hands. Yvonne is a rock star attorney!! She represented my interests in my lease negotiations by always asking me what I wanted not what I had to agree to or telling what is norm in a commercial lease. Even if what I wanted was not what would happen, the rectitude to always ask me my thoughts about certain points separates Yvonne from being just a lawyer or representative. She became a partner in my venture. She was delicate in advising when I needed and resilient to push opposing counsel when the situation called for it. Yvonne is the epitome of professionalism. She is responsive, attentive, detailed and patient. (My 95+ page lease had no chance against her.) Thank you again for going above and beyond my expectations in this process. It was an experience I would only go through again with Yvonne and Lanard in my corner.
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Posted by Marilyn | November 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
Nancy was thorough, comprehensive, ethical and effective in ensuring my legal needs were met. She exceeded my expectations.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lanard and Associates
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Spadea, Lanard & Lignana
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Senior Partner
  • Law Offices of Nancy L. Lanard, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2011
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Nuti/System, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Alco Industries, Inc.
  • 1984 - 1989
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Alco Standard Corporation
  • 1980 - 1984
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Science
  • 1975
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Is A Franchise Agreement Negotiable?
  • Added Addendum to "Non-Negotiable" Franchise Agr.
  • Common Area Maintenace Charges
  • Typically we are able to negotiate a substantial number of the 28 items into the lease saving the tenant/client money each month

Associations

  • International Franchise Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
  • Council
  • 2008 - Present
  • Professional Business Network (PBN)
  • Director
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Franchise Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Willow Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassador
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Horsham Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair of Women's Resource Group
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Legal Eagle
  • Franchise Times
  • 2015
  • Legal Eagle
  • Franchise Times
  • 2014
  • Legal Eagle
  • Franchise Times
  • 2013
  • Legal Eagle
  • Franchise Times
  • 2012
  • Awesome Attorney
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2011
  • Legal Eagle
  • Franchise Times
  • 2011
  • Small Business Law Expert
  • Linked In
  • 2009
  • Property Law Expert
  • Linked In
  • 2009
  • Franchise Law Expert
  • Linked In
  • 2009
  • Top 101 Franchise Legal Eagles
  • Franchise Times
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Solo & Small Firm Practice Section News Of the PA Bar Association
  • Representing the Commercial Tenant
  • 2009
  • Paddle Dealer Magazine
  • Confronting Employee Theft
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Franchise Law CLE
  • Commercial Leases
  • 2009
  • Starting a Business
  • Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
  • 2005
  • Women Business Entrepreneurs
  • Legal Issues in Starting and Buying a Business
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Nancy
Franchising Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is an internationally renowned and well respected attorney, and I highly recommend her for your franchise law needs."
Franchising Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Lanard is highly knowledgeable in franchise law and is an avid participant in the AVVO forum. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Franchising Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Franchising Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Friend
"Nancy's knowledge in the areas of franchise and business is bar none.She has been invited to speak at bar functions and at business meetings to share her expertise, which has earned her an international clientele. While Nancy could easily work at a large law firm, she enjoys being part of a boutique law firm experience. Nancy takes time to hire only people who can develop under her tutelage at the level her clients deserve. Her negotiating skills together with her legal and business acumen make her an excellent attorney who I recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lanard has provided consistently accurate, informative answers on Avvo customized to the individual needs of Avvo askers. These are precisely the qualitites that any client would be looking for in an attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Nancy has been an excellent mentor to me on topics ranging from business skills to the practical ins and outs of commercial leasing. She is an accomplished negotiator who is able to balance being firm with being personable. She is well organized and knows how to stay connected with her clients and their business needs."
Business Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Nancy is a very experienced and capable business lawyer and a pleasure to work with. I have worked with a number of her clients on intellectual property matters and all of them without exception praise Nancy's abilities and her advise."
Franchising Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work.I have co-counseled with Nancy and also referred to her and worked with her extensively for over 10 years. It has been both a pleasure and professionally successful since her excellent representation of all business clients enhances my reputation due to our professional association. Every client is very impressed with the favorable outcome and invaluable way in which her firm grows their businesses. Her professional staff is first rate and as knowledgable and excellent as she is, as well as a pleasure to work with. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Nancy and privileged to be her collegue and to co counsel with her in business transition issues since our clients benefit from her expertise as do I from learning from her. I wholehearedly endorse Nancy and her entire national lawfirm."
Franchising Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Lanard is a dynamic and intelligent attorney. Nancy has created a cutting-edge legal practice that utilizes current technologies to assist her clients in the best way possible. I would recommend her to anyone who is seeking guidance in franchise and business law."
Franchising Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is recoginzed nationwide as an experienced and knowledgeable attorney for legal matters involving franchising and business law. We are fortunate to have her practicing law in the Philadelphia area."
Franchising Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Nancy Lanard, Esq. for franchising and business work. Nancy is very knowledgable in her field and runs a first-class operation. She knows more about franchising law than any other lawyer I know and also handles a wide array of other business matters. Her professionalism is unparalleled."
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