I am a franchise, trademark, and appellate attorney at DL Pratt, PC in the Fort Worth, Texas area. After almost seven years in private practice at one of Fort Worth’s oldest and most respected law firms, I decided to downsize my practice in an effort to provide my clients a more focused and personal approach to solving their legal needs.
I spend the majority of my time providing counsel to both franchisors and franchisees on the various aspects of franchise and distribution law, and pride myself on taking a full-perspective approach and considering each client’s unique business system in developing the legal strategies needed to realize compliant and effective results. To that end, I frequently advise clients on alternative non-franchise growth strategies, such as license agreements and joint venture relationships. But franchising remains my primary area of practice and allows me to assist business owners with the processes necessary to comply with federal and state disclosure, registration, and business opportunity laws, including preparation of federal franchise disclosure documents, state-specific notice and registration applications, negotiation of multi-unit franchise transactions, and preparation of franchise and licensing agreements. I also counsel franchise and non-franchise clients on matters related to identifying and protecting trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, and other intellectual property rights, as well as general business law matters, such as contract preparation and review, entity formation and structure, and corporate compliance matters.
From time to time, I also provide litigation support services with an emphasis on post-trial appellate issues, such as dispositive motions, jury charge preparation and argument, preservation of error, and other matters likely to be taken on appeal. I have worked on dozens of trial-level cases and have briefed and presented oral argument in several appeals to the Texas Courts of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court.
* The University of Texas at Austin | BBA with Honors – Finance | 2004
* Texas Wesleyan University (now Texas A&M School of Law) | J.D. cum laude | 2007
* State Bar of Texas (2007)
* U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (2010)
* U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (2008)
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
* Franchise Times Legal Eagle (2014)
* Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (annually since 2011)
* Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney (annually since 2009)
* American Society of Legal Writers “Scribes” Brief Writing Award (2007)
* National Order of Barristers (2007)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
* So You Want to Buy a Franchise? | Plaid for Women Radio | 2013
* What Can Apple Teach Franchisors About Being Distinctive? | Franchise Info | 2013
* The FTC Eliminates Franchisors’ Exclusive Territories | Franchise Info | 2013
* Texas Legislature to Consider Uniform Trade Secrets Act | Fort Worth Business Press | 2013
* Franchising for the Non-Expert | Texas Wesleyan Business Expansion CLE Program | 2013
* Franchise Systems: The Role of the Accountant | Weaver CPE Program | 2012
* Franchise Law for the Non-Franchise Lawyer | Johnson County Bar CLE Program | 2012
* Franchise Development: Creating Turn-Key Business Systems | Fort Worth Business Press | 2010
* Fantasy Sports and the Right of Publicity | Texas Wesleyan Law Review 13.1 | 2006
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