June 12, 2018

About Us

About Us

Please see below for more details.

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

Eric H. Karp,
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP 

Karen B. Satterlee,
Immediate Past Chair
Hilton Worldwide, Inc.

Governing Committee

Ronald T. Coleman, Jr.,
Technology Officer/Webmaster
Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP

Beata Krakus,
Information Officer
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC

David W. Oppenheim,
Publications Officer
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael Gray, 
Gray Plan Mooty
Finance Officer, 2018 Co-Chair

Dawn Newton
Programming Officer
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Will K. Woods
Membership Officer
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Natalma (Tami) M. McKnew
Diversity Caucus Officer
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Julie Lusthaus
Franchise Administrators/Legal Assistants,
2018 Co-Chair
Lusthaus Law

K Whitner
Marketing Officer
Paul Hastings

Bethany Appleby
Women's Caucus Officer
Franchise World Headquarters, LLC (Subway)

Peter Lagarias
Solo and Small Firm Officer
Lagaris & Napell, LLP

Gerald Wells

Dessange Group North America

Vanessa Szajnoga
Liberty Tax
Corporate Counsel

Benjamin Reed
Plave Koch PLC

Lulu Chiu Gomez
Snell & Wilmer, LLP
YLD Liaison

Tao Xu
DLA Piper
International Division

Heather Carson Perkins
Faegre, Baker & Daniels LLP
The Franchise Lawyer

Gary Batenhorst
Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P.
Franchise Law Journal

Yolanda Muhammad
Forum Director
American Bar Association

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