Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli
has added a top-ranked Global Franchise and Supply Network practice, bringing decades of experience leading domestic and multi-national product and services companies with particular emphasis on the food, beverage, manufacturing and retail industries.
Distinguished attorneys Joyce Mazero and Len MacPhee have joined Polsinelli and will co-chair the practice. Based in Dallas and Denver, the group will build upon the firm’s well-recognized and growing corporate transactions, intellectual property, food and beverage, FDA, emerging business, health care and litigation practices in 20 offices across the U.S.
“Joyce and Len have rightfully earned their reputations as best-in-class practitioners in franchising, distribution and supply chain law,” said Jennifer Evans, office managing partner for Polsinelli in Denver. “We are so pleased to attract such great individuals who are also incredibly talented and are firmly dedicated to serving global businesses across multiple industries and channels under Joyce and Len’s strong and proven leadership.”
Joining Polsinelli from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, the team’s practice focuses on major business initiatives, including structuring franchise and distribution networks, purchasing cooperatives and buying groups; negotiating strategic alliances, joint ventures, domestic and international licensing, franchising, manufacturing and logistics deals; and litigating franchise, intellectual property and distribution disputes around the world.
“We welcome this dynamic team and their contributions to our ongoing plans to strategically grow our corporate and transactional practice,” said Jon Henderson, chair of both Polsinelli’s Corporate and Transactional practice and its Business Services Division, as well as office managing partner for Polsinelli in Dallas. “With the practice based in both Denver and Dallas, we anticipate significant benefits will result from our collaborative culture.”
Recognized for 10 consecutive years by Chambers USA as a “Top Ranked” lawyer in franchising and for global franchising by Chambers Global, Mazero is a member of Franchise Times’ Legal Eagles Hall of Fame, has been honored by both the International Franchise Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum for leadership excellence, honored by the Dallas Business Journal as a Women in Business awardee and repeatedly recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in Dallas by The Best Lawyers in America.
She recently co-authored Franchise Management, a widely-read “For Dummies” (Wiley brand) series publication, is a contributing writer for the American City Business Journals and served as co-editor of the ABA Forum on Franchising’s monograph on “Financial Performance Representations.” Mazero serves on the advisory council to the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Executive Group and on the board of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of North Texas, is a past board member of the International Franchise Association, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Women’s Foodservice Forum and Susan G. Komen Foundation, and is a founding member and chair emeritus of the Women’s Corporate Directors’ Dallas chapter.
“Polsinelli’s award-winning reputation for client service, dynamic and diverse culture, and proven commitment to innovation and technology necessary to exceed our client’s expectations for legal services are outstandingly positive benchmarks for our team’s exciting future,” Mazero said.
Acclaimed attorney Len MacPhee repeatedly has been highly ranked for franchise law by Chambers USA and by Best Lawyers in America, including as Franchise Lawyer of the Year in Denver, and has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer. He has served the International Franchise Association (IFA) on numerous committees and will be serving as vice chair of the IFA’s 2019 Legal Symposium, and is frequent speaker and writer on supply chain, franchise and distribution matters.
“We are excited to take advantage of the platform Polsinelli offers for our international distribution and supply chain practice,” said MacPhee. “With established and growing transactional, litigation and regulatory practices, Polsinelli offers tremendous synergies for our practice and servicing clients.”
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices. Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1
and #10 for best client relationships2
among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation3
. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage and business litigation. www.polsinelli.com
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