Philip F Zeidman is a senior partner with DLA Piper's Franchise and Distribution practice, based in Washington, DC. He devotes his practice to domestic franchising law and the rapidly growing field of international distribution, licensing and franchising law.
Mr Zeidman was recently named Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year at the Who's Who Legal Awards for the ninth consecutive year, by Who's Who Legal, publisher of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. In the course of research preceding the honor, Mr Zeidman received more votes from clients and peers than any other individual worldwide. Editor in chief Callum Campbell said, 'Philip Zeidman received unrivalled levels of praise our sources both in private practice and in house across the globe, and we are delighted to declare him the leading lawyer in the world for franchise work.'
Both Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business rank him among the foremost practitioners of franchising law. In 2011, Chambers USA named him a Senior Statesman, quoting a client who said, 'You'd have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to know Phil Zeidman.' Chambers Global 2012 quotes one client calling him 'one of the most effective lawyers in this sector'. In 2010, it deemed him the 'best-known lawyer in the world on the international front' for franchising. In 2009, it described him as 'the godfather of international franchising'. In 2008, it noted that he is 'considered an icon of the franchise industry' and has a reputation 'second to none'.
Mr Zeidman is counsel to a number of US and foreign companies and trade associations. He served as general counsel to the International Franchise Association throughout his career and also served as Special Counsel to the Japan Franchise Association. He has engaged in an international transactional practice, testified on franchising before governmental bodies, participated in judicial and administrative proceedings, taught at universities and appeared before business and professional groups in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, and before the Commission of the European Union as well as before numerous US congressional committees as well as the World Bank.
Mr Zeidman has been retained to advise a number of international governmental organisations on the subject of franchising as a technique for international development, and for the privatisation of state-owned enterprises by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), for work in Central and Eastern Europe; by the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva), to assist in the development of its franchising guide for developing countries; by the International Center for Public Enterprises (Ljubljana), to help create an international franchising databank for use in transitional economies; by the International Executive Service Corps, to introduce franchising into Morocco; by Unidroit, a US-affiliated agency (Rome), to advise on the issue of the regulation of international franchising; and by the US Agency for International Development (for work with the Indian government, to assist black entrepreneurs in post-apartheid South Africa, and to assist the privatisation agencies of the former Soviet Union).
Mr Zeidman speaks and writes frequently on both domestic and international distribution, licensing, and franchising matters. He regularly speaks on the antitrust aspects of franchising for the Practicing Law Institute, has co-chaired the Law Journal Seminar on Distribution and presented sessions at the International Franchise Association’s annual conventions and annual legal symposia. He chairs the global expansion track of the educational programs at the International Franchise Exposition. Mr Zeidman is frequently interviewed about franchising by the media.
Mr Zeidman is on the board of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's non-profit affiliate established to provide pro bono legal support for projects of global concern. Through New Perimeter, lawyers from DLA Piper's offices around the globe provide legal assistance on projects addressing issues including healthcare, hunger, economic development, law reform and human rights.