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Franchise Times Recognized Offit Kurman’s Thomas Pitegoff as a 2021 Legal Eagle



NEW YORK – April 1, 2021 – Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that New York franchise attorney Thomas Pitegoff has been named to the Franchise Times’ 2021 Legal Eagle list for his transactional work representing franchisors. He is one of approximately 200 U.S. attorneys name to receive this honor. Mr. Pitegoff was previously named to the list in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009-2019.

According to the Franchise Times, Legal Eagles are a unique breed — they live and breathe franchising, and they’re at the top of their game. Legal Eagles are the ones you call with franchise disclosure and sales questions and to ensure contracts are up to snuff. They are legal professionals who are an essential part of the franchise industry. Attorneys are selected based on the number and quality of their nominations, with weight given to detailed nominations from clients and from peers in firms other than their own.

Thomas Pitegoff is an internationally recognized leader in the franchise field. He counsels international, national, regional and start-up franchisors in a variety of industries to structure their franchise systems effectively and comply with state and federal franchise laws. He assists businesses in acquiring franchise companies, and he represents foreign franchisors in their U.S. business and U.S. franchisors expanding abroad. Mr. Pitegoff also represents multi-unit franchise developers and assists clients in resolving issues with state franchise regulators.

Mr. Pitegoff also advises businesses on alternatives to franchising. His work includes license and distribution agreements, company structures, acquisitions, service agreements, information technology agreements and intellectual property counseling. Mr. Pitegoff has written on franchise topics for journals and books published by the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising, among others. Some of his recent publications can be viewed here.

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Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.