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Franchise Law & Distribution Section

The Franchise & Distribution Law Section provides programs and information for the general practitioner and beginning practitioner to facilitate a greater understanding of the basics of franchise law, providing speakers and information which give insight into the practice of franchise law for the seasoned practitioner. Franchise practitioners can meet and socialize together for the benefits of a mutual exchange of experience and ideas.

Meeting Schedule:

February 18

Acquisitions & Financing

Cathryn Berryman

Larry Simmons

Winstead, P.C.

MarshallMorgan, LLC

April 15

What I learned in Franchising

Phil Romano

President Eatzi’s

Trinity Grove Development, former owner of Macaroni Grill

June 17

Real Estate Issues in Franchising

Martin Camp

SMU Professor / Dean of Student Affairs, former Partner at Jones Day

August 19

Choice of Law; Choice of Forum

Maral Kilejian

Christianne Edlund

Mullin, Russ, Kilejian, P.C.

October 21

Intellectual Property & Branding

Wei Wei Jeang

Andrews Kurth, LLP

December 16

International Franchising: A Panel Discussion

Ken Myres

President, Tony Roma’s


Section News:

Section Officers:

Name: Sarah Walters
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Perkins Coie LLP
Firm Address: 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.965.7700

Name: Jason Binford
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: HKane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Firm Address: 1601 Elm Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.777.4200

Name: Laura Hayes
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Mullin Russ Kilejian PC
Firm Address: 2425 N. Central Expy., Ste 200
Firm City, State, Zip: Richardson, Texas 75080
Business Phone: 972.931.0022

Name: Jacob Kring
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Hedrick Kring PLLC
Firm Address: 21700 Pacific Avenue, Ste. 4425
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.880.9600

Name: Larry Simmons
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: MarshallMorgan, LLC
Firm Address: 14800 Quorum Drive, Ste. 470
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75254
Business Phone: 972.387.3131

Name: Cheryl Camin Murray
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Winstead PC
Firm Address: 2728 N. Harwood Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-745-5400

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Section Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Franchise Law & Distribution Section, please send a letter of request and a $20.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.


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