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Press Release
: : 14 August, 2004


Piper Rudnick LLP has been ranked as the number one firm in the world in the area of Franchise law, according to the fourth edition of The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, published by Who’s Who Legal.

Piper Rudnick was the most highly nominated firm with 15 lawyers named – more than any other firm. (The firm with the next highest group of nominees had 6 lawyers named.) In addition, the lawyer with the single highest number of nominations is from Piper Rudnick, and the firm’s practice has more nominated lawyers in more jurisdictions than any other law firm.

The book, first published in 1997, is a result of six months of independent research incorporating feedback from lawyers and in-house counsel. According to the publication, only those lawyers who receive sufficient nominations from their peers can be included in this listing.

“We are delighted to have received such strong recognition for our Franchise & Distribution practice,” said Francis B. Burch, Jr., and Lee I. Miller co-chairs of Piper Rudnick in a joint statement. “This is particularly gratifying since this recognition comes from nominations of lawyers from clients and peers.”

“Having such a large number of lawyers from this practice nominated is a great honor and recognition of the quality of work performed by our practice,” said Dennis E. Wieczorek, co-chair of the Franchise and Distribution practice group. “We are pleased to see how well regarded our lawyers are and to see that recognition extend to so many of our lawyers and offices.”

The Piper Rudnick LLP lawyers included in this listing are:

  • David A Beyer (Tampa, FL office)
  • Michael G Brennan (Chicago, IL office)
  • Fredric A Cohen (Chicago, IL office)
  • John F Dienelt (Washington, DC office)
  • Barry M Heller (Washington, DC office)
  • Stuart Hershman (Chicago, IL office)
  • Ann Hurwitz (Dallas, TX office)
  • H Bret Lowell (Washington, DC office)
  • Lee J Plave (Washington, DC office)
  • Lewis G Rudnick (Chicago, IL office)
  • Michael E Santa Maria (Dallas, TX office)
  • Joseph W Sheyka (Chicago, IL office)
  • Dennis E Wieczorek (Chicago, IL office)
  • Erik B Wulff (Washington, DC office)
  • Philip F Zeidman (Washington, DC office)
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Piper Rudnick LLP
Piper Rudnick is a business law firm of over 975 lawyers with offices in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Edison, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Reston, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington.
Fourty of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004). The American Lawyer's Global 100 rankings for 2003 placed the firm 32nd by revenue worldwide and 31st by size.

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