Franchise Practice Continues to Receive National Recognition

ATLANTA (April 8) – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that attorneys Rupert Barkoff and Alexander Tuneski were named Franchise Times 2014 Legal Eagles, representing the top 193 franchise attorneys in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Barkoff has been listed in this prestigious ranking every year since 2004, the first year Franchise Times published Legal Eagles. This is Mr. Tuneski’s first year receiving the recognition, further highlighting the strength of Kilpatrick Townsend’s franchising practice.

Franchise Times describes Legal Eagles as attorneys who are “stellar at their craft, thoughtful and superior attorneys.” To make the list, attorneys were nominated by their peers and clients, plus met the criteria of the Franchise Times editorial board.

Mr. Barkoff has been practicing franchise, distribution and corporate law for over 40 years. His franchise practice emphasizes solutions to registration and structuring issues and developing individual and collective solutions to franchisor-franchisee relationship problems. Mr. Barkoff was recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014 and the 13 years immediately preceding, as well as one of the leading practitioners for franchising globally by Chambers Global 2014. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Mr. Barkoff as one of only nine attorneys ranked “Band 1” domestically. In 2010, he received the prestigious Lew Rudnick Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising.

Mr. Tuneski concentrates his practice on representing franchisors and licensors domestically and internationally in a broad range of transactional and regulatory matters. In addition, he has significant experience in trademark licensing matters. Mr. Tuneski was recognized as a 2013 Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Franchise/Dealership Law by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2012, Mr. Tuneski received the Chair’s Future Leader Award from the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising. He was only the second person to receive the award.

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Franchise Team, chaired by Mr. Barkoff, was rated “Tier 1” nationally in franchising in the annual survey issued by U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers in America and was one of only two Tier 1 firms in franchising in the Atlanta market. The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business also ranked the firm’s franchise practice nationally.

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