Marisa Faunce Partner - Plave Koch PLC

Marisa Faunce is a partner with the franchise law firm of Plave Koch PLC in Reston, Virginia. Marisa counsels franchisors, licensors, and manufacturers on transactional, regulatory and intellectual property issues involved in developing and growing franchise programs. She also counsels franchisors regarding all aspects of the franchise relationship, including operational compliance, system standards, default and termination strategies and franchise workouts. Marisa represents franchisors ranging in size from start-ups to category leaders in connection with the development and maintenance of their franchise programs. She has extensive experience in structuring and revamping franchise programs, drafting franchise, license and area development agreements and counseling franchisors with regard to regulatory (FDD) compliance issues. She also represents franchisors with regard to corporate transactions, contract negotiations, master franchise programs, captive market development, international transactions, and dispute resolution matters.

Marisa counsels trademark owners on brand protection strategies and handles domestic and international trademark portfolios. She regularly represents our clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in trademark prosecution actions and handles trademark-licensing transactions around the world.

Marisa regularly trains franchisor executives with respect to franchise sales, relationship and regulatory compliance issues.

Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Friday, June 16, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Walking the Line – How to Administer a Franchise System in Light of the NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard

Room: 1B05

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide; Andrew Seid, Consultant, MSA Worldwide; Marisa Faunce, Partner, Plave Koch PLC

Recent actions by the National Labor Relations Board have the franchise industry on edge. This session will provide guidance to franchisors with respect to joint employment and vicarious liability standards. The panel will evaluate franchise agreement terms that can impact joint employer liability and will offer practical advice with respect to training programs, operations manuals, brand standards and franchise relationships.
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