Thomas M. Pitegoff

Business and Franchise Attorney
LeClairRyan
New York, New York

Tom Pitegoff is a business and franchise attorney with LeClairRyan in New York City. His law practice focuses on franchise law, business transactions, licensing and international business. For franchisors, Tom drafts franchise agreements and disclosure documents, obtains state franchise registrations and provides ongoing franchise compliance counseling services. He also counsels businesses on the scope of franchise laws and he represents entrepreneurs in the purchase and sale of franchises and area development rights. In his international work, he represents foreign franchisors in their U.S. business and U.S. franchisors expanding abroad.

Tom also helps U.S. and non-U.S. companies establish distribution and licensing systems that are not franchises. His transactional work includes entity formation, acquisitions, commercial leases, license agreements, service agreements and intellectual property matters. He also acts as general U.S. counsel for foreign companies and he provides outside general counsel services for U.S. companies.

Tom is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section, the Chair of the Section’s Legislative Committee and former Chair of the Section’s Franchise Law Committee. He is a former member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, and a former editor of the Franchise Law Journal. He is also a member of the Legal/Legislative Committee of the International Franchise Association.

Tom also covers the gamut of issues in franchise law for the Firm's blog, Franchise Alchemy

Tom can be contacted by email tom.pitegoff@leclairryan.com or by phone at 212.634.5032.

Content by Thomas M. Pitegoff

State Regulation of Business Opportunities

The FTC business opportunity rule does not preempt the state business opportunity laws, but allows the states to impose their own requirements. 26 states in the U.S. have laws that govern the sale of business opportunities.

  • 01/25/2016
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  • Franchises
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How Is a Business Opportunity Different Than a Franchise Opportunity?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates business opportunity sales under its authority to regulate unfair or deceptive trade practices and it's definition differs from the definitions under the laws of the 26 states that regulate biz ops.

  • 01/13/2016
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  • Franchises
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California Toughens Its Franchise Relationship Law

California franchisees will soon have additional statutory protections against a franchisor’s termination or non-renewal of the franchise without good cause, and new protections against the franchisor’s refusal to approve the transfer of the franchise without good cause.

  • 11/24/2015
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  • Franchises
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