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J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif

B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia

Law Journals

Associate, The George Washington Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Maureen A. O'Brien

Of Counsel

Practice Areas

Maureen counsels franchisors, licensors, and manufacturers regarding transactional, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance matters.

Representative Experience

  • Counsels franchisors regarding the development and restructuring of franchise programs, drafting franchise, license, and development agreements, franchise sales process, regulatory compliance, and sale of franchise systems.
  • Drafts domestic and international franchise disclosure documents and related franchise, license, and development agreements.
  • Advises franchisors regarding the spectrum of the franchise relationship, including enforcement of system standards, defaults, terminations, renewals, workouts, transfers, acquisition of franchised outlets, and sale of company-operated outlets.

Professional Experience

  • Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division (1999)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)


  • Named by Franchise Times as a "Legal Eagle" (2015-2016)
  • Included in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in Franchise (2016)

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