Nancy Lanard

Award Winning 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.

Awards & Recognition



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 25 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 advising and assisting with evaluation of franchise documents, 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.

Representative Clients

Nancy represents such corporations as Materials Sciences Corporation (engineering consultants), Superior Play Systems, Inc. (manufacturer and franchisor of playground equipment), franchisees of various systems, and real estate developers, medical joint venture partners, physicians, 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, My Salon Suite, Pet Supplies Plus, Sylvan Learning Center, Huntington Learning Center, The Exercise Coach, 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 has sat on 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  and is Chair of the Virtual Programming Committee which includes the Virtual Speaker Series, is on the Board of Directors of PBN (Professional Business Network), has been an Ambassador for the Suburban Horsham Willow Grove Chamber of Commerce and 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.

Home Life

Nancy resides in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with her family.  Her favorite pastime is photography - particularly photos of sunsets, birds and her family.

Contact Nancy L. Lanard

"Once again thank you for all your efforts and assistance on my legal matter. You were extremely helpful, professional and a real people person.

I truly found a friend, trustworthy attorney with real knowledge and experience, to get me thru a difficult legal issue. Nancy Lanard is the real deal!"

-A. B.

"Nancy, I just had to thank you for everything you've done for me in the past few weeks. You are an efficient, thorough, and extremely professional attorney who actually understands and cares about deadlines."

-Sue Adler, Keller Williams Realty

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