Polsinelli Adds Global Franchise and Supply Network Practice

Polsinelli announced yesterday the firm has added a global franchise and supply network practice and, with it, two attorneys in its Dallas and Denver offices.

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 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, now Foley Gardere, 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.

Mazero 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.” She 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.

MacPhee has served the International Franchise Association on several 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.