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Maisa Jean Frank

Maisa Frank represents clients in a variety of litigation matters. Whether conducting pre-dispute investigations, navigating litigation, or negotiating resolutions, Maisa’s advice and strategy is vital to clients facing complex legal issues such as:

  • Franchise dispute resolution, both domestic and international, including enforcement of noncompete agreements
  • Commercial litigation, including breaches of contract and business torts like fraud, misrepresentation, and interference with contract
  • Trademark infringement disputes
  • Investigations, including conducting internal investigations and representing clients in government investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and advising

A dancer since the age of five, Maisa extends practice-honed precision to each aspect of her work. She prioritizes a relationship of trust with clients, often adopting roles as both legal and strategic adviser to alleviate the burden of ongoing litigation and allow clients to remain focused on their business goals. Maisa approaches each case with a panoramic perspective, acutely aware of the effect one action can have on a business’s future. Maisa serves as editor of The Franchise Memorandum by Lathrop GPM, a monthly newsletter that summarizes recent legal developments of interest to franchisors. 

Prior to joining the firm, Maisa served as a law clerk with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, where she worked on landlord-tenant disputes in the Hennepin County, Minnesota, Housing Court. Before law school, Maisa worked at an urban study program dedicated to social justice initiatives. She continues her focus on social justice and diversity, serving as chair of the firm’s Diversity Professionals Network.

Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

  • “Legal Eagle,” Franchise Times, 2020
  • “Washington, D.C. Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Steven M. Block Prize for scholarship in civil rights or civil liberties

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Diversity Caucus Steering Committee
  • International Franchise Association, Legal Symposium Task Force
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, Board of Directors, 2013-2015

Community Involvement

  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity scholar

Publications

  • “Approaches to Resolving Cross-Border Disputes Between Franchisee and Franchisor,” chapter co-author, Getting the Deal Through, April 2019
  • "Vicarious Liability May Apply: TCPA-Compliant Text Message Advertising in Franchise Systems," co-author, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, January 2016
  • “Court Clarifies Enforceability Of Forum-Selection Clauses,” coauthor, The Franchise Lawyer, ABA Forum on Franchising, Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2014
  • “U.S.A.: Appellate Court Reverses Lower Court's Finding That Franchise Agreement Was Renewable In Perpetuity,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, October 2013
  • "Alumni Perspective: Maisa Frank," Franchise Law and Business Review, September 16, 2013
  • “Franchised Employees Might Be Employees of Franchisor,” coauthor, Law Journal Newsletters, Franchising Business & Law Alert, Volume 19, Number 6, March 2013
  • "Liberty Tax Ruled Vicariously Liable For Illegal Franchisee Advertising," Blue Mau Mau, February 15, 2013
  • “U.S.A.: Quick Service Pizza Franchisor Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Unsolicited Text Message Advertising,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, February 2013
  • “U.S.A.: Recent Decisions Find That Cleaning System Franchisees Should be Classified as Employees Under Massachusetts Law,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, November 15, 2012
  • “U.S.A.: Lost future royalties recoverable following franchise termination,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, April 18, 2012
  • “U.S.A.: Control Over National Advertising Strategy,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, January 1, 2012
  • “U.S.A.: State Challenges to Resale Price Controls,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, November 15, 2011
  • "USA: Enforcing Post-Termination Covenants Not to Compete," International Distribution Institute Newsletter, September 1, 2011
  • “U.S.A.: Enforcement of Noncompete Covenants in Internet Sales,” coauthor, International Distribution Institute, July 18, 2011
  • “Note: Challenging Peremptories: Suggested Reforms to the Jury Selection Process Using Minnesota as a Case Study,” 94 Minnesota Law Review 2075, January 1, 2010

Presentations

  • “Top Issues in Franchise Litigation,” co-presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, July 27, 2017
  • 2015 MSBA Business Law Institute, April 22, 2015
  • “Is it a Franchise, and Why Does it Matter?,” co-presenter, Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, April 22, 2015
  • “Data Ownership, Use, and Protection in Franchise Systems,” co-presenter, Maryland State Bar Association, Franchise and Distribution Law Committee Meeting, May 28, 2014
  • International Franchise Association Annual Convention 2014, February 22, 2014
  • “Business Solutions Roundtables: Evaluating and Learning from Franchise Terminations,” facilitator at the IFA 54th Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1, 2014

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