Piper Rudnick LLP announced today that
Steven B. Feirman, a partner in the firms Franchise and Distribution practice
group, has won the 2004 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article "The
Legality of Rebates from Suppliers."
The Burton Award is dedicated
to the enrichment and refinement of writing in the legal profession. Every year
these awards honor lawyers who use clear, concise language to comment on important
legal issues. The awards are presented annually by the Burton Foundation, a nonprofit
cultural and academic organization devoted to promoting the legal profession.
"We are delighted that Steve has won this prestigious award,"
said Philip F. Zeidman, a senior partner at the firm. "His vast knowledge
of antitrust and franchise law and his clear, finely honed writing make him a
key member of the team we have built at Piper Rudnick, the largest franchise practice
of any firm in the world."
Piper Rudnick attorneys have won Burton
Awards in four of the last five years, becoming one of only two firms to have
been so honored.
Mr. Feirmans commentary, published in the Fall 2003
Franchise Law Journal, examined the viability of antitrust claims brought by franchisees
against franchisors based on supplier rebates to franchisors. This is an issue
that has received extensive attention in recent years.
Mr. Feirman concentrates
his practice in antitrust, franchising and distribution law, including antitrust
counseling and litigation, franchise law compliance, and "best practices"
in the development of franchise and distribution systems. A frequent lecturer
and contributor to legal publications on antitrust and franchising law topics,
he has assisted many companies in organizing and expanding their U.S. and international
franchising programs, licensing arrangements, and other distribution systems.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Feirman was a recipient of the Federal Trade
Commissions Meritorious Service Award. He is based in the firms Reston
and Washington offices.
Mr. Feirman will be honored in June at a dinner
in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.