IFA Legal Symposium | International Franchise Association

SAVE THE DATE! 52nd Annual IFA Legal Symposium // May 5-7, 2019 // JW Marriott, Washington, DC

The Legal Symposium Task Force is already hard at work to organize a slate of compelling and educational sessions for the 2019 Symposium. To do that, we need your help! We want to solve all the inquiries that have been swimming around your mind, but to provide the answers we need you to share your questions. Provide us with your best suggestion for an educational session, its moderator and potential speakers. When making suggestions, please keep in mind that our goal is to provide sessions relevant to franchising from a business and legal perspective. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 13, 2018.

Knowledge = Power

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. The program provides value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners. Sessions focus on the practical use of the law, and the how-to’s for navigating today’s business and regulatory environment. The Legal Symposium is a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know, and how to put it into practice.

Attendees can also earn CLE (Continuing Legal Education) and CFE (Certified Franchise Executives) credits by attending. Featuring expert speakers and timely content, our Symposium is a "must attend" event. 

What You’ll Experience:

  • Compelling programming that will allow you to engage, discuss and learn with your peers
  • Valuable real-world solutions from expert speakers
  • Multiple networking events including receptions, luncheons and breaks



Check back soon for a highlight of our 2019 speakers!


3:00 pm – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

3:30 pm – 5:00 pmLegal Legislative Committee Meeting

5:30 pm – 7:00 pmWelcome Reception

7:30 pm – 9:30 pmSpeakers' Networking Event
(for Legal Symposium moderators and speakers only)

8:00 am – 6:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:15 amWelcome & General Session

10:15 am – 10:30 amRefreshment Break

10:30 am – 11:45 amConcurrent Sessions

12:00 noon – 1:30 pmBoxed Luncheon & Roundtables

1:45 pm – 3:00 pmConcurrent Sessions

3:00 pm – 3:30 pmRefreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pmConcurrent Sessions

5:00 pm – 6:30 pmNetworking Reception

8:00 am – 3:30 pmRegistration Desk Open

8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 amGeneral Session with Judicial Update

10:00 am – 10:15 amRefreshment Break

10:15 am – 11:30 amConcurrent Sessions

11:45 am – 1:15 pmNetworking Luncheon with IFA Government Relations Update

1:30 pm – 2:45 pmConcurrent Sessions

2:45 pm – 3:00 pmRefreshment Break

3:00 pm – 4:15 pmConcurrent Sessions

4:15 pmLegal Symposium Adjournment

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

The 2019 Legal Symposium will be held at the JW Marriott in downtown Washington, DC - just steps from the White House! IFA has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel for a rate of $375/night for a single or double standard room. You may reserve your hotel room by calling 800-393-2503 or clicking the below link. The deadline for making a reservation is April 15, 2019, or when the IFA room block is filled, whichever is first. Once the room block is sold out, reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis at the group rate.


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

Do you have a speaker suggestion for this, or any other IFA event? Let us know!