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Chambers USA Ranks Wiley Rein's Franchise Practice Among Nation's Best; Robert A. Smith Named a "Leading Lawyer"

June 11, 2012

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business rates Wiley Rein's Franchise Practice once again as one of the best in the country and ranks Group chair Robert A. Smith as a "Leading Lawyer" in his field.

The practice, described by Chambers as "increasingly international in scope," is noted for its transactional work in New Zealand, China, Morocco and Brazil. The directory points out that the group offers a wide range of services to both startup and established franchise systems, handling such matters as structuring franchise programs, preparing FDDs and representing franchisors in litigation.  A source says "they're basically my right arm when it comes to our franchise work outside the USA."

Robert Smith "has a tremendous amount of experience" and possesses a "great business mind," according to Chambers.   Clients say the value he brings to their company "is extraordinary."  They add that he "makes himself available - it almost feels like he's our in-house counsel and he's in the office down the hall."

The Chambers ratings are based on extensive interviews of law firms' clients, colleagues and competitors.  Inclusion in the directory is determined through a rigorous vetting process.

To view the full Chambers editorial, click here.

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