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  1. Franchising: 80%
    27 years
  2. Antitrust: 20%
    35 years

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  • Craig R. Tractenberg

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a remarkable franchise and antitrust lawyer and the best writer among us. He has a keen ability to summarize complicated problems and provide simple solutions.


    Craig Tractenberg Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info


401 9th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20004-2128


VAAuthorized to practice law200303/31/2016
DCActive 198107/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America (2005 - 2009)The Best Lawyers in America2009
Franchise "Legal Eagle" (Top 100 Franchise Lawyers)Franchise Times2009
Burton Award for Legal AchievementThe Burton Foundation2004
FTC Meritorious Service AwardFederal Trade Commission1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDLA Piper US LLP (and predecessors)1989 - 2007
Trial AttorneyFederal Trade Commission1980 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
Antitrust Handbook for Franchise and Distribution Practitioners (Contributor)Antitrust Handbook for Franchise and Distribution Practitioners (Contributor)2008
ABA Franchise Law JournalAnother Look at Rebates2005
Franchising Business & Law AlertThe New China Franchise Regulation2005
Franchising WorldAntitrust Enforcement Heightened in Europe2004
Global Competition ReviewFinancial Accounting Standard Board’s Proposal Would Create Problems2004
ABA Franchise Law JournalThe Legality of Rebates from Suppliers2003
Global Competition ReviewThe New Italian Franchise Rules2003
Franchising WorldPower Selling for Franchise Systems: National Account Programs2003
International Law OfficeFranchising: Doing Business in the European Union: A Practical Guide for Corporate Counsel2002
ABA Franchise Law JournalCourts Differ on Mandating Arbitration2002
Global Competition ReviewFranchising in Cyberspace2002
Global Competition ReviewFranchisees with ‘unclean hands’ may now sue their franchisors2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Colgate UniversityInternational Relations, EconomicsA.B., magna cum laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IFA 40th Annual Legal SymposiumImplementing A Pricing Policy2008
Section of Business Law Annual MeetingAntitrust Hot Topics–What You Don’t Know Could Cost You2007
FTC Franchise Rule UpdateWinds of Change: Issues and Opportunities Under the Amended FTC Franchise Rule2007
International Franchise ExpoDisclosure in International Franchising2006
International Franchise ExpoStrategies For Successful Franchise Expansion2006
Israel International Franchise FairGlobal Franchise Expansion: Strategies for Lucrative and Planned Growth2005
ABA Center for Continuing Legal EducationAntitrust Issues in Franchising: Pricing, Tying and Vendor Rebates2005
NYS Bar Association MeetingThe Controversy Over Vendor Rebates in Franchising2004
IFA 36th Annual Legal SymposiumSupply and Distribution Issues2004
IFA Annual ConventionPower Selling for Franchise Systems: National Account Programs2003
Michigan Bar Association ConferenceThe Antitrust Impact of State Franchise/Dealer Laws2002
IFA Legal Roundtable SeriesFranchise Legal Issues in a Volatile Economy2002
ABA Annual MeetingEssentials of Franchising2002
National CLE Antitrust ConferenceVertical Restraints in Distribution Relationships2001
Legal Symposium on Alcohol Beverage LawVertical Restraints in Distribution: What’s Allowed, What’s Not2001
IFA Annual ConferenceFranchise Law Basics and Strategies for Minimizing Legal Problems2001
National CLE Antitrust ConferenceThe Intersection of Franchising and Antitrust Law2000
IFA Legal Roundtable SeriesLegal Aspects of Technology in Franchising2000
IFA Annual ConventionFranchise Law Basics and Strategies for Minimizing Legal Problems2000
IFA Annual ConventionBest Practices in Successful Franchising2000
French Franchise ExpositionFranchising in Euroland1999
IFA Annual Legal SymposiumWhat Are the Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision in State Oil v. Khan1998