Business Franchise expertise
Nancy is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, obtained her Masters of Science degree in Education the following year, with honors, and then subsequently graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law in the top ten percent of her class and on the Law Review.
Nancy started her legal practice working as an in-house attorney for several very large corporations, the last of which was Nutri/System, Inc., which at the time was the number one weight-loss company in the United States, having 1300 franchised locations and 500 corporate locations. When Nutri/System, Inc. went into bankruptcy over 20 years ago, Nancy started her firm.
With her years of experience as an in-house attorney and as a business owner herself, Nancy can better advise her business clients, and brings to the relationship understanding and compassion for their business situations and needs.
Nancy's experience has included general corporate and real estate counseling (including negotiating and drafting contracts, handling the purchase and sale of businesses, drafting joint venture agreements, and representing businesses in the buying, selling, developing, managing, and leasing of real estate).
She has also assisted with hiring, firing, promoting and managing employees and the issues surrounding those actions; preparing financing documentation; advising on federal regulations; and drafting and negotiating documentation for the sale and acquisition of franchises, including preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents and Franchise Agreements.
She has overseen mass tort litigation of over 500 personal injury/product liability lawsuits, responded to federal investigations of her clients by the FDA and FTC, advised on American's with Disabilities Act compliance, prepared employment manuals, assisted with international and national trademark and patent licensing and provided bankruptcy and antitrust advice.
Nancy represents such corporations as Materials Sciences Corporation (engineering consultants), Superior Play Systems, Inc. (manufacturer of playground equipment), The Skinny Dip (frozen yogurt franchise) and real estate developers, medical joint venture partners, website developers, computer software development companies, general contractors, as well as franchisees and potential franchisees of a myriad of franchise systems, including, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Sylvan Learning Center, Rita's Italian Ice, Scout & Molly's, ProMartial Arts, CycleBar, Club Pilates, and many others.
Nancy is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising, the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she sits on the Solo Council, the board of the Solo and Small Firm Section, and has been appointed to the Women in the Profession Commission, and the Montgomery County Bar Association's Business Law Section and Franchise Law Committee. She sits on the Board of Directors of PBN (Professional Business Network), has been an Ambassador for the Suburban Horsham Willow Grove Chamber of Commerce, was active in the Women's Resource Group of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and former chair of the Women's Business Resource Network of the Horsham Chamber of Commerce.Nancy is active in neighborhood relations and has assisted the youth in her community through various volunteer activities.
Nancy resides in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite pastime is photography - particularly sunsets and family photos.