About Us

The mission of the Forum on Franchising is to be the preeminent forum for the study and discussion of the legal aspects of franchising.


  • To provide high quality educational programs and publications on the legal aspects of franchising.
  • To stimulate discussion of the legal aspects of franchising, in order to educate the legal community and the franchising community on issues of current concern.
  • To promote full and equal participation of minorities, women and other under-represented groups in Forum activities.
  • To enhance the professional growth of Forum members, among other ways by encouraging practitioners in all areas of franchise practice to participate fully in Forum activities.

Want to get involved with the Forum on Franchising?

The Forum actively solicits your involvement in and contribution to its activities.  These activities are not only a pathway to leadership in the Forum, but collegial endeavors that permit Forum members from all over the country—and the world—to get to know one another and work together in ways that build professional relationships and friendships. The below attachment lists those opportunities that are available.

Pathways to Leadership


Forum Leadership

Will K. Woods, Chair
Baker McKenzie
Dallas, TX

Eric H. Karp, Immediate Past Chair
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP 
Boston, MA

Ron Coleman, Incomng Chair
Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP
Atlanta, GA

Governing Committee

Gary R. Batenhorst
Cline Williams Wright Johnson and Oldfather, LLP

Elizabeth Weldon
Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Michael R. Gray
Lathrop GPM

Dawn Newton
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Julie Lusthaus
Lusthaus Law

Beata Krakus
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC

K Whitner
Paul Hastings

Robert Lauer
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Bethany Appleby
Appleby & Corcoran

Jason Adler
Cellairis Franchise, Inc.

Nicole Micklich
Urso, Liguori & Micklich

Ben Reed
Plave Koch

Yolanda Muhammad,
Forum Director
American Bar Association

Click here to view the full Leadership Chart.