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Thomas M. Pitegoff

885 Third Avenue
Sixteenth Floor
New York, New York 10022
Phone:  212.634.5032
Mobile Phone:  914.309.9261
Fax:  212.634.5004


Tom Pitegoff is co-chair of the LeClairRyan franchise industry team. He is an internationally recognized leader in the franchise field. He drafts franchise agreements and disclosure documents, obtains state franchise registrations and provides ongoing franchise compliance counseling services. He represents foreign franchisors in their U.S. business and U.S. franchisors expanding abroad.

Tom also handles business transactions outside of the field of franchising.  His transactional work includes license and distribution agreements, service agreements, information technology agreements and intellectual property counseling. He also acts as general U.S. counsel for foreign companies and he provides outside general counsel services for U.S. companies.

Tom is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and former Chair of the Section’s Legislative Committee and Franchise Law Committee. He is a former member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, and a former editor of the Franchise Law Journal. He is also a member of the Legal/Legislative Committee of the International Franchise Association.

Tom also covers the gamut of issues in franchise law for the Firm's blog, Franchise Alchemy

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New York, New York, 2013 – present
  • Pitegoff Law Office PLLC, White Plains, New York, 1999 - 2013 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Franchise Association
  • International Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Listed as a Metro New York Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine for Franchise/Dealership, Business/Corporate, and International Law, 2008 – 2016
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015 Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year" for New York, NY
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Franchise Law, 2013 – 2018
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Who’s Who Legal (London)
  • Legal Eagle, Franchise Times Magazine


  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1976
  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • New York