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Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., announced that the firm’s attorneys Dawn M. Johnson, Beata Krakus, Leonard D. Vines and Susan Meyer have been named to the Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2018, which identifies the world’s leading franchising attorneys.

greensfelderlogo“We congratulate Dawn, Beata, Lenny and Susan on their continued successes that have earned them Who’s Who Legal: Franchise recognition for 2018,” said Greensfelder Chief Executive Officer Timothy R. Thornton. “Our attorneys and their accomplishments continue to earn praise from our clients, helping to maintain Greensfelder’s national and world leadership position in franchising law.”

An officer in the firm’s St. Louis office and head of Greensfelder’s Franchising & Distribution industry group, Johnson leads a team of transactional and litigation attorneys who represent clients nationally and internationally, from start-ups to some of the largest and most recognized brands. Johnson’s practice focuses on all aspects of the dealer, distributor and franchise relationship, including termination and non-renewal, claims under state and federal relationship laws, and claims such as breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, antitrust pricing, and trademark infringement.

An officer in Greensfelder’s Chicago office, Krakus works with clients across the United States and internationally. She has prepared franchise programs for concepts including real estate brokerages, hotels, restaurants, and fitness and personal health systems, among others. Krakus’ practice also encompasses other distribution models, assisting clients in managing their distribution networks.

An officer in the firm’s St. Louis office, Vines has extensive experience representing franchisors and distributors. He has assisted start-up and established franchisors, as well as franchisees and franchisee associations. Vines works closely with litigators on trial strategy and alternative dispute resolution and has represented companies and individuals on legal matters such as real estate transactions and mergers and acquisitions of franchise companies. He also frequently assists lenders who are loaning money to businesses that are acquiring other franchise companies. Mr. Vines also is a frequent lecturer and writer on franchise topics.

Based in Greensfelder’s Chicago office, Meyer serves as “of counsel,” advising businesses in the areas of intellectual property, franchising, and distribution, drawing on her experience as a former business owner. She represents companies in the United States and internationally in every stage of development. She frequently advises companies on matters related to commerce between the United States and Norway.

Published by London-based Law Business Research Limited and now in its 16th edition, the Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2018 seeks to identify the top lawyers in franchise law with experience assisting clients in the establishment, maintenance and growth of their franchise businesses. Only lawyers who receive the highest number of recommendations from peers and clients as determined through independent research are listed in the publication. The Who’s Who Legal guides serve as reference sources for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations of lawyers recommended by another party.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, has with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville.