Franchise Times Legal Eagle

Andrae Marrocco, Partner in the Toronto office of cross border law firm Dickinson Wright, has been selected as a 2016 Legal Eagle by Franchise Times. The annual list of Franchise Times Legal Eagles recognizes the best attorneys in franchising (across the US and Canada) as nominated by their clients and peers, and selected by the editorial board after additional research by Franchise Times

Every reporter knows that only one group of people will actually pick up their phones just about any time someone calls: lawyers. When you’re working on the clock for clients, it seems, you’re available early, late and in between, and you have no problem providing a quote for a story on the side. This knowledge comes in handy on a Wednesday afternoon just before Thanksgiving, or a Friday afternoon in July, when a deadline looms.

So it was no surprise when compiling this ranking, our annual list of Franchise Times Legal Eagles, when person after person mentioned superb client service as a reason to nominate their favorite franchise attorney. Our annual list relies heavily on the quantity and quality of nominations, especially from clients, and many attorneys on our ranking received accolades numbering in the double digits.

It wasn’t too shocking – although it made us a bit tired – when some of the attorneys we interviewed said they worked 80 hours a week or straight through the weekend. Franchise attorneys, and especially the top people in the field, as our Legal Eagles are, do whatever it takes.

But our interviews with two trios of Legal Eagles, which we drew from this year’s new inductees into the Hall of Fame and conducted during the International Franchise Association’s annual convention in February, took several unexpected turns. In the course of any 24-hour period, these franchise attorneys might be studying to become a gestalt therapist, or dreaming about being a wedding gown designer, or thinking about piloting a boat in the Virgin Islands.

They might be waking up at 2 a.m. to research an unorthodox legal tactic, or checking for antitrust cases popping up in franchising, or accepting an award from the IFA recognizing women in leadership. Then again, they could be showing off their Michigan tattoo, or recalling the time they were “sweating bullets” when a fraud case arose around documents they had certified.

Peek behind the scenes of our Franchise Times Legal Eagles, and everyone will find the same thing: Dedicated professionals, available whenever their clients need them, steeped in knowledge about all things franchising – with plenty of interesting aspirations and outlets beyond the boardroom or courtroom. We’ll call them 24/7/365 attorneys, and we salute the 2016 class.

The following excerpt (taken from the nomination submitted by one of Andrae’s clients) is included in the published list:

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Check out the April issue of Franchise Times for a complete list of honorees, or download a copy of the 2016 Franchise Times Legal Eagles.

Franchise Times is a highly regarded publication that covers the latest industry developments. Franchise Times Legal Eagles is an annual project to identify the top lawyers in franchising (across the US and Canada). Attorneys are evaluated by the number and quality of the nominations they receive from their peers and clients (with weight given to nominations from clients) together with their service to the industry, including by way of presentations and publications.

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