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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: Larry Simmons
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: MarshallMorgan, LLC
Firm Address: 14800 Quorum Drive, Ste. 470
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75254
Business Phone: 972-387-3131

Name: Katie Dolan-Galaviz
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP
Firm Address: 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-651-5000

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: 972.852.1711

Name: Mo Alturk
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Firm Address: 2001 Ross Avenue, Suite 2300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-978-3000

Name: Kelly Ganzberger Dion
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Firm Address: 3800 Lincoln Plaza, 500 N. Akard St.
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-855-7519

Name: Elisabeth A. Wilson
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Winstead PC
Firm Address: 2728 N. Harwood St.
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, 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.


Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage (coming soon)


Section Downloads:

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acquisition__financing_v7.ppt 231.81 KB
meeting_announcement_oct13.pdf 6.6 KB
meeting_announcement_feb11.pdf 7.96 KB
meeting_announcement_april11.pdf 8.36 KB
meeting_announcement_aug11.pdf 8.38 KB
meeting_announcement_oct11.pdf 7.88 KB
meeting_announcement_dec11.pdf 8.49 KB
meeting_announcement_feb12.pdf 9.17 KB
meeting_announcement_mar12.pdf 9.16 KB
meeting_announcement_jun12.pdf 9.58 KB
meeting_announcement_aug12.pdf 9.24 KB
meeting_announcement_oct12.pdf 9.43 KB
meeting_announcement_dec12.pdf 9.37 KB
meeting_announcement_feb13.pdf 9.28 KB
meeting_announcement_apr13.pdf 9.4 KB
meeting_announcement_jun13.pdf 9.26 KB Issues in Bankruptcy 1114.pptx

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