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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

Biography

 
Tom Pitegoff is 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

Published Works

In addition to his writings for the firm’s blog Franchise Alchemy, Tom has authored a number of publications, including the following:

  • Co-authored the New York law chapter in the book Exemptions and Exclusions under Federal and State Franchise Registration and Disclosure Laws (American Bar Association 2017)
  • “Structuring a Multi-Unit Franchise”, Modern Restaurant Management (July 24, 2017)
  • “When Are Parent Company Financial Disclosures Required? Modern Restaurant Management (June 27, 2017)
  • "Testing a New Franchise Concept”, 37 The Licensing Journal 4 (Wolters Kluwer April 2017); also published in Modern Restaurant Management (April 2017)
  • “Ins and Outs of Suspending Franchise Sales”, Modern Restaurant Management (Sept. 15, 2016)
  • “Will Recent Changes in California’s Franchise Law Blaze a Path for Other States?” Modern Restaurant Management (Feb. 23, 2016)
  • “California Toughens Its Franchise Relationship Law”, The Licensing Journal (Wolters Kluwer February 2016); also published in Core Compass (Nov. 24, 2015)
  • “State Regulation of Business Opportunities”, Core Compass (January 25, 2016)
  • Co-authored “Is Qualification Necessary to Franchise Across State Lines?”, 18 The Franchise Lawyer 2 (American Bar Association 2015)
  • “Albany Bill Would Scare Off New Biz”, Crain’s New York Business (May 2015)
  • “An Undesirable Consequence”, QSR (November 2014)
  • “To Franchise or Not to Franchise”, The Franchise Handbook (Summer 2014)
  • “Momentum Builds for New York to Revamp Its Franchise Law”, 17 The Franchise Lawyer 1 (American Bar Association 2014)
  • “Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right for Your Restaurant Concept?” Food & Drink Magazine (Spring 2014)
  • Co-authored the chapter on “Franchise Relationship Laws” in the book Fundamentals of Franchising, 3rd Edition (American Bar Association 2008), based on the article by Tom Pitegoff, “Franchise Relationship Laws: A Minefield for Franchisors, 45 Bus. Law. 289 (1989)
  • “Franchising in New York After the Revised FTC Rule”, 11 NY Business Law Journal 2 (NYSBA Fall 2007)
  • Authored the chapter “Starting the Business and Launching the Line” in the book Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys, Fairchild Books 2010
  • "International Franchising," New York State Bar Association Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law, June 17, 2002
  • Co-authored "Drafting Effective Franchise Agreements," Essentials of Franchising, July 10, 2000 
  • Choice of Law in Franchise Relationships: Staying Within Bounds, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4, Spring 1995
  • Ways to Avoid Being a Franchise, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 12, No 2, Fall 1992

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 (Member of the Legal/Legislative Committee)
  • International Bar Association (Member of the Franchise Law Committee)
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section; Former Chair of the Sections Legislative Committee and Franchise Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising (former member of the Governing Committee and former editor of the Franchise Law Journal)

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Metro New York Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine for Franchise/Dealership, Business/Corporate, and International Law, 2008 – 2017
  • 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 – 2019
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Who’s Who Legal (London)
  • Legal Eagle, Franchise Times Magazine

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • New York