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Mr. Maslyn has extensive experience working with all of the laws and regulations affecting franchises in the United States. He has helped countless start-up franchisors and several Fortune 20 companies structure their franchise systems and manage their franchisee networks. In many cases, Mr. Maslyn has effectively served as his clients outside general counsel, providing advice and counseling in areas like antitrust, intellectual property, sourcing and advertising issues in addition to drafting Franchise Agreements, Development Agreements, and Franchise Disclosure Documents, filing state franchise registration and exemption applications, and providing periodic counseling on compliance with the complicated patchwork of state franchise relationship laws.


Mr. Maslyn has worked with nearly every form of distribution model currently used – including, for example, franchising, licensing, dealerships, sales representatives, business opportunities and private label manufacturing. This depth of experience allows Mr. Maslyn to provide his clients effective, prompt and efficient advice on choosing the best business model for them. Also, his experience with a vast array of industries allows him to recognize the nuances of state laws that may create traps for clients operating in particular market niches.


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Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 100%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Janet Spiro Martin

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Janet Martin Franchising Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Harry Lee Laxton Jr.

    Patrick is an excellent attorney and has strong knowledge of and experience in franchising law.


    Harry Laxton Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Maslyn Law PLC

6430 Arwen Mews
Moseley, VA, 23120


DCActive 199807/05/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199703/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
National Ranking: FranchisingChambers USA2010
Rising Star, Franchsie/DealershipVirginia Super Lawyers2010
National Ranking: FranchisingChambers USA2009
Rising Star, Franchise/DealershipVirginia Super Lawyers2009
National Ranking: FranchisingChambers USA2008
Rising Star, Franchise/DealershipVirginia Super Lawyers2008
National Ranking: FranchisingChambers USA2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chair, Franchising & Distribution Practice GroupHunton & Williams LLP2000 - 2009
AssociateBuchanan Ingersoll, PC1998 - 2000
AssociateAbraham, Pressman & Bauer, PC1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMember1997 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation SectionImmediate Past Chair2009 - 2010
Virginia State Bar, Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation SectionChair2008 - 2009
Virginia State Bar, Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation SectionVice-Chair2007 - 2008
Virginia State Bar, Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation SectionSecretary2006 - 2007
International Franchise Association Legal Symposium Task ForceMember2006 - 2006
International Franchise Association Legal Symposium Task ForceMember2005 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Franchising WorldVirginia Amends Franchise Registration Law2007
Franchising WorldPartnering with Terrorists? Are You Sure?2006
New York Law JournalLooking Anew at Accounting Duties: Revisions Raise Prospect of Consolidation by Franchisors of Franchisee Data2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Miami University of OhioDiplomacy & Foreign Affairs and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association 30th Annual Forum on FranchisingContractual and Business Aspects of Structuring Supplier Agreements2007
47th Annual International Franchise Association ConventionBest Practices in Handling Default and Termination for Established Franchisors2007
International Franchise Association 38th Annual Legal SymposiumFranchise Agreement Drafting2005
Understanding and Negotiating a Franchise AgreementUnderstanding and Negotiating a Franchise Agreement2003