Wiggin and Dana LLP

Joseph Schumacher

From its five offices in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, Wiggin and Dana represents national, regional and start-up franchisors and distributors throughout the country. We assist clients in every step of the franchise process - including regulatory compliance, business counseling, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. We also offer expertise in related areas, including employment, antitrust, intellectual property and appellate law. Our lawyers are recognized franchise experts and frequently speak and write on franchising matters. In 2003, Wiggin and Dana launched the Franchise Law Blog, providing daily review and commentary on franchise news and legal developments

Joseph Schumacher is Chair of the firm's Franchise and Distribution Practice Group. Listed in Best Lawyers in America and The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Joe is counsel to leading franchise systems in numerous industries, including the automotive aftermarket and child care industries. He litigates and arbitrates franchise disputes, and assists both established and fledgling franchise systems with the creation and growth of franchise programs and with transactional and regulatory matters. In 2005, Joe was a keynote speaker at the ABAs Forum Committee on Franchising Annual Meeting and the co-author of Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2005.

Jack Dunham, Chair of the firms Executive Committee, litigates and arbitrates franchise disputes throughout the country. Franchise Times has noted that he is "probably the world's leading expert on arbitrating and franchise agreements." He served as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Franchise Law Journal from 2000-2003 and is a member of the ABA's Forum on Franchising Governing Committee. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America as a business litigator, and in Chambers USA as one of Americas leading business lawyers.

Kevin Kennedy has acted as lead counsel to one of the worlds largest franchisors in dozens of arbitrations, involving almost every conceivable franchising issue. He is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of franchise topics. He was profiled by Franchise Times as one of the top "under 40" franchise lawyers in the country, is listed in Best Lawyers in America and was a former editor of the ABA Franchise Lawyer.

Suzanne Wachsstock is an antitrust lawyer with a focus on the application of antitrust principles to franchise and distribution systems. She regularly defends franchisors in antitrust litigation, counsels franchise and distributor clients on a full range of antitrust issues, and prepares antitrust training and compliance programs. She is a frequent writer and speaker on antitrust issues affecting franchising, including publications in the ABA Franchise Law Journal and participation in various franchising and antitrust panels sponsored by the ABA and the IFA.

Bethany Appleby litigates and arbitrates disputes for franchisors in varied industries. She is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising and has published a number of articles on franchise and arbitration issues in publications such as the Franchise Law Journal, Franchising World and The New York Law Journal.

Robert Burstein, counsel in the firm's Franchise and Distribution Practice Group, provides regulatory and transactional assistance to established and start-up franchise systems. Bob worked inhouse for a major international franchise system for seven years.

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Nixon Peabody

City Place
185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 275-6820
Fax: (860) 275-6821

Nixon Peabody's Franchise and Distribution Team provides specialized franchise representation in all aspects of franchise and distribution arrangements and transactions: franchise system expansion in the United States and internationally; franchise counseling; franchise dispute resolution; and intellectual property matters. Nixon Peabody is a full service law firm with over 600 attorneys located in 16 offices throughout the United States.