Recent  Publications and Speeches

  1. Bullet“Individual Gun Rights, Gun Laws, and Franchising:  Why Franchisors Cannot Ignore the Controversy,”  American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Spring 2010.

  2. Bullet“Revised FTC Guidelines Can Hold Advertisers Responsible,” Dallas Bar Headnotes, March 2010.

  3. BulletCo-Author, “Increasing IP Leverage and Mitigating Risks with Careful and Thorough Negotiations and Contracting,” presented at American Conference Institute Strategic IP Planning Conference, February 27, 2008, Phoenix, Arizona.

  4. Bullet“IP Law:  Can the Messenger be Sued?”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, July 1, 2008.

 

Significant Transactions

•    Lead attorney for major concession and lease agreements, including:

oRepresentation of tenant in concession agreement with City of Dallas for development and operation of all restaurant outlets at Dallas Love Field Airport

oRepresentation of tenant in multiple lease agreements with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for development and operation of retail and restaurant outlets and convenience stores at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

oRepresentation of vendor in multiple management agreements with major airline to provide food and beverage service at airline VIP clubs


  1.    Lead attorney representing startup company in negotiation of joint venture, licensing and management agreements with Dallas Cowboys for development and operation of branded restaurants and retail stores


•    Lead attorney in significant and innovative outsourcing transactions, including:

oRepresentation of vendor (financial services company) in first in the nation outsourcing services agreement to provide electronic delivery of government benefits

oRepresentation of major international retailer in outsourcing of collections function


•    Lead attorney for successful launch of new internet business for international retailer:

oLiaison with business team for planning, design, and implementation of web-based business

oDeveloped all consumer-facing legal elements

oNegotiated numerous agreements, including services agreements, strategic marketing alliance agreements, advertising agreements, and subscriber acquisition agreements


•    Lead attorney for successful launch of new line of business (trading in used goods) in the United States and Canada for international retailer:

oDeveloped cost-effective plan for researching local law requirements for each city in the United States and Canada in which retailer’s stores were located

oCreated scalable compliance procedures

oCreated user-friendly consumer-facing documents


•    Lead attorney representing major international retailer in large-scale marketing transactions, including strategic marketing alliances, sponsorships, and distribution agreements, both for brick and mortar stores and online, including:

oDrafted and negotiated contract for strategic marketing alliance with international financial services company (approximate contract value $40 million)

oDrafted and negotiated contract for strategic marketing alliance with international internet service provider

oDrafted and negotiated contract for strategic online marketing alliance with international social networking company (approximate annual contract value $35 million)


•    Lead attorney representing franchisee in drafting and negotiation of master development agreement with national fast food chain, pursuant to which franchisee developed the brand’s initial units in Mexico


Significant Dispute Resolutions

•    Lead attorney representing major international retailer in advertising inquiry conducted by attorneys general of all 50 states with respect to major national advertising campaign; negotiated cost-effective consent decree with 48 states (remaining two took no action)

•    Lead attorney representing major international retailer in competitor challenge to national advertising campaign with all four major broadcast networks; won all four challenges

•    Key team member in significant and innovative antitrust arbitration, representing regional ATM network

•    Lead attorney representing indigent prisoner; won appeal at Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in issuance of a writ of habeas corpus