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  • Education
    • J.D., Howard University, 2007
    • B.A., Georgetown University, 2004
    • Exchange Program, L'Universite des Antilles, Martinique, Summer 2003
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2008
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2009
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 2009

Diana Vilmenay partners with clients to develop and expand their franchise systems in the U.S. and internationally.   With more than a decade of experience in franchising, Diana counsels clients on a variety of franchise matters, including structuring franchise programs for growth domestically and abroad, mergers and acquisitions, compliance issues, and franchise relationship issues.  She is adept at preparing franchise disclosure documents and managing domestic and foreign franchise filing and registrations. She draws on her previous experience as a commercial litigator and an in-house intern for one of the largest global hospitality chains to review, prepare and negotiate all forms of commercial agreements with an eye towards protecting her clients’ best interests.

Diana is a prolific writer and speaker, particularly on legal and business topics governing international franchising. She served as an editor for the “Franchising In” international series, published by the LexNoir Foundation. Her experience also includes the review and preparation of country chapters for the second edition of International Franchise Sales Laws, published by the ABA Forum on Franchising.

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Co-Author, Franchising.com
November 14, 2019
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Author, Franchising.com
September 12, 2019
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Understanding International Franchising Strategies
Co-presenter, U.S. Commercial Services, New York, NY
May 29, 2019
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Franchise 2.0: Tools for Taking Your Franchise Model to the Next Level
Co-presenter, International Franchise Expo, New York, NY
May 31, 2018
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Thorny FDD Disclosure Issues
Co-presenter and Co-author, International Franchise Association, Washington, D.C.
May 2018
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Franchising Your Business
Co-author, International Franchise Association
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Succession Planning and Related Requirements for Franchisees
Presenter, MSBA Franchise and Distribution Law Committee Meeting
November 15, 2017
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International Franchise Sales Laws, Second Edition
Chapter coordinator, ABA Forum on Franchising
August 2015
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Franchising in Asia 2015: Legal and Business Considerations
Assistant editor and chapter co-author, LexNoir Foundation
July 2015
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United States
Co-author, The Franchise Law Review, Second edition, Chapter 46
January 2015