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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

  • Represents franchisors on international franchise deals, including structuring and negotiating master franchise, development, subfranchise, and area representative arrangements; creating and registering international disclosure documents; and ensuring franchisor compliance with applicable host country law.
  • Assists franchisors in creating and updating Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs); registering, seeking an exemption for, and renewing FDDs/franchise offerings; and otherwise complying with federal and state franchise laws.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assists franchisors in designing licensing programs that avoid franchise registration/disclosure and relationship laws.


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


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Franchise Law (2020)
  • Listed as a "Recognized Practitioner" by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Franchising (2016-2019)
  • Named by Franchise Times as a "Legal Eagle" (2015-2019)
  • Included in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in Franchise (2016-2018)
  • Included in Who's Who Legal: Franchise (2016-2019)

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