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2022 Legal Symposium

Invigorating content. Engaging discussions. Worldwide franchise legal professionals.
CFE Credits Available
Yes
May 15 - 17, 2022
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Grand Hyatt
Washington , DC
United States

RAISING THE BAR - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

IFA’s Legal Symposium is designed by a task force of member volunteers with a particular emphasis on how legal and regulatory issues affect the everyday business operations of the franchise system.
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Pioneer the Future of Franchise Law
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Meet Industry Trailblazers
Earn CLE & CFE credits

Speakers

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Agenda

Below is a high-level look at this year's agenda! Please click on "2022 Brochure" below to see full session titles and descriptions.
Sunday, May 15
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
Session Title
Legal Legislative Committee
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:30 pm
Session Title
Welcome Reception
Time Start
05:30 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Session Title
Speakers' Networking Event
Time Start
07:00 pm
Time End
09:30 pm
Monday, May 16
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
Welcome and General Session
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Round #1 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – best and unsuccessful practices to leverage diversity to impact the bottom line

(ONLY SCHEDULED ONCE)

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. New and Recurring Issues in Franchise Brand Acquisitions

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Ensure Your Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Assisting Struggling Franchisees

RELATIONSHIP TRACK

  1. Disputes regarding Supply Arrangements and Rebates – Franchisors’ Rights vs. Franchisee Revolts

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Master vs. Multi-Unit in International Franchising

INTERNATIONAL TRACK

  1. Registration & Disclosure

 BASICS TRACK

  1. State Registration Requirements Update:  Insights from the regulators 

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

Time Start
10:30 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Boxed Luncheon & Roundtables
Time Start
12:00 pm
Time End
01:30 pm
Session Title
Round #2 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and other trademark developments: Impacts on Franchising

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Ethics of Joint Representation of the Franchisor, Franchisee, and Their Officers, Employees or Affiliates [Ethics Class]

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Item 19 in the Time of COVID

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Creative approaches to the nationwide labor shortage dilemma  

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK 

  1. May the Force Be With You: A close examination of the drafting and enforcement of force-majeure clauses.

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Maximizing Recovery in a Franchise Case

LITIGATION TRACK 

  1.   Handling Defaults and Terminations

BASIC TRACK

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Round #3 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. New and Recurring Issues in Franchise Brand Acquisitions

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Current issues in promoting your brand:  How do you protect and enforce your intellectual property in the world of Tik Tok, use of celebrities after the NCAA v. Alston 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Combining Different Concepts in One FDD: Disclosures re Ghost Kitchens, Food Trucks, and Alternative Popular Formats

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK 

  1. International

BASICS TRACK

  1. Best Practices in Law Department Administration

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Enforcing System Standards after COVID

LITIGATION TRACK

Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
Session Title
Networking Reception
Time Start
05:00 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Tuesday, May 17
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
General Session with Judicial Update
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:00 am
Session Title
Round #4 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Best Practices in Law Department Administration

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Current issues in promoting your brand:  How do you protect and enforce your intellectual property in the world of Tik Tok, use of celebrities after the NCAA v. Alston

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Enforcing System Standards after COVID

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Combining Different Concepts in One FDD: Disclosures re Ghost Kitchens, Food Trucks, and Alternative Popular Formats

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. May the Force Be With You: A close examination of the drafting and enforcement of force-majeure clauses.

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Trademarks & IP

BASICS TRACK: 

Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Networking Luncheon with IFA Government Relations Update
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Round #5 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Supply The Public Company Franchisor: Unique Issues

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK (only scheduled once)

  1. Master vs. Multi-Unit in International Franchising

INTERNATIONAL TRACK

  1. Ensure Your Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Assisting Struggling Franchisees

RELATIONSHIP TRACK

  1. Disputes regarding Supply Arrangements and Rebates – Franchisors’ Rights vs. Franchisee Revolts

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. State Registration Requirements Update:  Insights from the regulators 

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Franchise Litigation

BASICS TRACK: 

Time Start
01:30 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
02:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Round #6 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Item 19 in the Time of COVID

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and other trademark developments: Impacts on Franchising

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Ethics of Joint Representation of the Franchisor, Franchisee, and Their Officers, Employees or Affiliates [Ethics Class]

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. BASICS TRACK:  Mergers & Acquisitions
  1. Creative approaches to the nationwide labor shortage dilemma  

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Maximizing Recovery in a Franchise Case

LITIGATION TRACK

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Legal Symposium Adjourns
Time Start
04:15 pm
Sunday, May 15
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
07:00 pm
Session Title
Legal Legislative Committee
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:30 pm
Session Title
Welcome Reception
Time Start
05:30 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Session Title
Speakers' Networking Event
Time Start
07:00 pm
Time End
09:30 pm
Monday, May 16
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
Welcome and General Session
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:15 am
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
10:30 am
Session Title
Round #1 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – best and unsuccessful practices to leverage diversity to impact the bottom line

(ONLY SCHEDULED ONCE)

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. New and Recurring Issues in Franchise Brand Acquisitions

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Ensure Your Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Assisting Struggling Franchisees

RELATIONSHIP TRACK

  1. Disputes regarding Supply Arrangements and Rebates – Franchisors’ Rights vs. Franchisee Revolts

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Master vs. Multi-Unit in International Franchising

INTERNATIONAL TRACK

  1. Registration & Disclosure

 BASICS TRACK

  1. State Registration Requirements Update:  Insights from the regulators 

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

Time Start
10:30 am
Time End
11:45 am
Session Title
Boxed Luncheon & Roundtables
Time Start
12:00 pm
Time End
01:30 pm
Session Title
Round #2 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and other trademark developments: Impacts on Franchising

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Ethics of Joint Representation of the Franchisor, Franchisee, and Their Officers, Employees or Affiliates [Ethics Class]

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Item 19 in the Time of COVID

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Creative approaches to the nationwide labor shortage dilemma  

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK 

  1. May the Force Be With You: A close examination of the drafting and enforcement of force-majeure clauses.

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Maximizing Recovery in a Franchise Case

LITIGATION TRACK 

  1.   Handling Defaults and Terminations

BASIC TRACK

Time Start
01:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
03:30 pm
Session Title
Round #3 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. New and Recurring Issues in Franchise Brand Acquisitions

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Current issues in promoting your brand:  How do you protect and enforce your intellectual property in the world of Tik Tok, use of celebrities after the NCAA v. Alston 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Combining Different Concepts in One FDD: Disclosures re Ghost Kitchens, Food Trucks, and Alternative Popular Formats

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK 

  1. International

BASICS TRACK

  1. Best Practices in Law Department Administration

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Enforcing System Standards after COVID

LITIGATION TRACK

Time Start
03:30 pm
Time End
04:45 pm
Session Title
Networking Reception
Time Start
05:00 pm
Time End
06:30 pm
Tuesday, May 17
Session Title
Registration Desk Open
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
06:00 pm
Session Title
Continental Breakfast
Time Start
08:00 am
Time End
09:00 am
Session Title
General Session with Judicial Update
Time Start
08:30 am
Time End
10:00 am
Session Title
Round #4 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Best Practices in Law Department Administration

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Current issues in promoting your brand:  How do you protect and enforce your intellectual property in the world of Tik Tok, use of celebrities after the NCAA v. Alston

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Enforcing System Standards after COVID

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. Combining Different Concepts in One FDD: Disclosures re Ghost Kitchens, Food Trucks, and Alternative Popular Formats

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. May the Force Be With You: A close examination of the drafting and enforcement of force-majeure clauses.

TRANSACTIONAL TRACK

  1. Trademarks & IP

BASICS TRACK: 

Time Start
10:15 am
Time End
11:30 am
Session Title
Networking Luncheon with IFA Government Relations Update
Time Start
11:45 am
Time End
01:15 pm
Session Title
Round #5 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Supply The Public Company Franchisor: Unique Issues

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK (only scheduled once)

  1. Master vs. Multi-Unit in International Franchising

INTERNATIONAL TRACK

  1. Ensure Your Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Assisting Struggling Franchisees

RELATIONSHIP TRACK

  1. Disputes regarding Supply Arrangements and Rebates – Franchisors’ Rights vs. Franchisee Revolts

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. State Registration Requirements Update:  Insights from the regulators 

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Franchise Litigation

BASICS TRACK: 

Time Start
01:30 pm
Time End
02:45 pm
Session Title
Refreshment Break
Time Start
02:45 pm
Time End
03:00 pm
Session Title
Round #6 Concurrent Sessions
Session Summary
  1. Item 19 in the Time of COVID

REGISTRATION & DISCLOSURE TRACK

  1. Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and other trademark developments: Impacts on Franchising

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRACK

  1. Ethics of Joint Representation of the Franchisor, Franchisee, and Their Officers, Employees or Affiliates [Ethics Class]

LITIGATION TRACK

  1. BASICS TRACK:  Mergers & Acquisitions
  1. Creative approaches to the nationwide labor shortage dilemma  

BUSINESS ISSUES TRACK

  1. Maximizing Recovery in a Franchise Case

LITIGATION TRACK

Time Start
03:00 pm
Time End
04:15 pm
Session Title
Legal Symposium Adjourns
Time Start
04:15 pm
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Location & Travel

IFA's 2022 Legal Symposium will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. IFA has a room block available for a discounted rate of $359/night + 14.95% tax. Booking within the IFA room block is now open and will close on May 6, 2022 or when the room block is full - whichever comes first! Rooms may be booked through the link below.

FAQs

To contact the IFA Conferences Department, please email
events@franchise.org or call 202-662-0763.

General Event FAQs

WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE CONFERENCE CITY AND VENUE?

How do I get CLE and CFE credits for attending?

What else is there to do in Washington, DC?

Please Note: NO third-party vendors are authorized to sell our symposium attendee list, and NO third-party vendor is authorized to book hotel rooms through our room block. Be sure to book your reservations for IFA's Legal Symposium through the website and phone number listed in the Location section of this webpage or directly through the hotel of choice. Don't be fooled by offers from third-party sources indicating that they are officially booking rooms or selling attendee lists for the IFA Legal Symposium - they are NOT affiliated with IFA or our Symposium. Buyer beware many of these offers are fraudulent attempts to solicit money from you for a non-existent reservation or list.