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October 19, 2018

William W. Sentell III, a Denver-based attorney in the Global Franchise and Supply Network practice group at Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, was recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) with the Chair’s Award for Substantial Written Work or Presentation at the 41st annual Forum on Franchising conference. Sentell was recognized for his article, “Having It Both Ways: Can a Franchisor Insist on Arbitration and Litigation?” which published in the Winter 2018 issue of the ABA publication The Franchise Lawyer.

According to the ABA, the Chair’s Award recognizes a young and/or diverse lawyer who has published a scholarly article in The Franchise Lawyer, or prepared a paper and presented a workshop at a Forum annual meeting. Factors considered include complexity of subject matter, competency of delivery, feedback from audience or readers, feedback from editors or program directors, and the relative experience of the author or presenter.

“William is a talented attorney who regularly thinks outside the box to help his clients achieve meaningful outcomes,” said Joyce Mazero, co-chair of the Global Network and Supply Network practice at Polsinelli.  “His progressive approach to client solutions is admired, and this recognition of his skill is well-deserved.”

Polsinelli’s top-ranked Global Franchise and Supply Network practice includes award-winning attorneys who collectively have decades of experience leading domestic and multi-national product and services companies with particular emphasis on the food, beverage, manufacturing and retail industries. Based in Dallas and Denver, the group builds upon the firm’s well-recognized and growing corporate transactions, intellectual property, food and beverage, FDA, emerging business, health care and litigation practices in 21 offices across the U.S.

Sentell frequently writes about legal issues affecting the franchise community. His work has been published in several leading academic and industry publications. Last year, Sentel co-authored an article titled “Turning an (Occasional) Blind Eye: Selective Enforcement of Franchisee Post-Term Non-Compete Covenants” that was published in the ABA’s Franchise Law Journal. Other recent contributions include “A Deeper Dive Into Franchise Due Diligence,” published in Franchising World, as well as various articles in multiple publications on the subjects of blockchain technology and menu labeling requirements.  In addition, Sentell is a volunteer editor of the ABA Franchise Desk Book.

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