Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., is pleased to announce that Paul F. Woody has joined the firm as counsel in the Franchising & Distribution and Business Services groups, based in Greensfelder’s St. Louis office.
“We are very pleased to welcome Paul to our acclaimed team of franchising and distribution attorneys,” said Greensfelder President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin T. McLaughlin. “Paul has a proven track record in the industry that will be highly beneficial to our franchising clients in matters involving corporate structuring, state and federal legal compliance, litigation and dispute avoidance, and more.”
A Certified Franchise Executive through the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, Mr. Woody works with franchisors in a variety of industries to help ensure their compliance with federal and state laws and proactively avoid disputes. He focuses on all aspects of the franchisor-franchisee relationship, as well as franchise litigation and litigation avoidance and prevention.
Previously, Woody served as general counsel for a large sports and recreation franchisor with more than 300 franchises throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. In that role, he provided legal guidance and contributed to strategic planning and key decisions, oversaw compliance and litigation strategies, and managed franchisee relationships, including franchise transfers, rectifying compliance issues, and franchise terminations. His experience also includes corporate and employment litigation. Prior to practicing law, he worked in state and local government and political communications.
Woody also teaches franchise law at Saint Louis University School of Law, from which he received his J.D. He received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Louis University.
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville.