Greensfelder attorneys named to Who's Who Legal: Franchise list

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 9, 2018

Four attorneys from the St. Louis-based Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale firm have been named to this year's Who's Who Legal: Franchise list. 

Attorneys Dawn M. Johnson, Beata Krakus, Leonard D. Vines and Susan Meyer have been named to the 2018 list. The recognition identifies the world’s leading franchising attorneys. 

“Our attorneys and their accomplishments continue to earn praise from our clients, helping to maintain Greensfelder’s national and world leadership position in franchising law," Chief Executive Officer Timothy R. Thornton stated in a press release. 

Serving as lead to Greensfelder's Franchising & Distribution industry group, Johnson works in the St. Louis office. She leads a team of transactional and litigation attorneys who represent clients nationally and internationally. 


Vines, of the St. Louis office, has assisted start-up and established franchisors, as well as franchisees and franchisee associations. He works closely with litigators on trial strategy and alternative dispute resolution and has represented companies and individuals on legal matters such as real estate transactions and mergers and acquisitions of franchise companies. Vines also is a frequent lecturer and writer on franchise topics and assists lenders with loaning money to businesses that are acquiring other franchise companies.

Krakus works in Greensfelder’s Chicago office, where she works with clients across the United States and internationally. She has prepared franchise programs for concepts including real estate brokerages, hotels, restaurants, and fitness and personal health systems. 

Meyer works in Greensfelder’s Chicago office, where she advises businesses in the areas of intellectual property, franchising, and distribution, drawing on her experience as a former business owner. She frequently advises companies on matters related to commerce between the United States and Norway. 

Now in its 16th edition, the Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2018, is published by London-based Law Business Research Limited. The publication identifies the top lawyers in franchise law with experience assisting clients in the establishment, maintenance and growth of their franchise businesses. 

"Only lawyers who receive the highest number of recommendations from peers and clients as determined through independent research are listed in the publication," the press release states.  

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