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Nancy L Lanard

Nancy L Lanard

Lanard and Associates
  • Business Law
  • Pennsylvania
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Biography

Nancy has decades of experience as both a nationally recognized franchise attorney and general business attorney. Nancy started her franchise legal career as an in-house attorney for the #1 weight-loss company in the US with over 1300 franchised locations. From there Nancy formed her own law firm growing it to over 5 attorneys at its peak. Nancy is Senior Partner at Lanard and Associates. Nancy has received awards from leading franchise periodicals naming her one of the top franchise attorneys in the U.S. Nancy is recognized by both her peers and her clients as a premier franchise attorney having not only the knowledge and experience, but also the compassion for her clients.

Practice Area
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Franchise Law
  • Commercial Real Estate Tenant Representation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free phone consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept VISA, MasterCard and AMEX
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We handle most franchise matters and some business matters on a flat fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Senior Partner
Lanard and Associates
- Current
Senior Partner
Spadea, Lanard & Lignana
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Partner
Law Offices of Nancy L. Lanard, P.C.
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Assistant General Counsel
Nutri/System, Inc.
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Education
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (1978) | Law
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Honors: Law Review
Activities: Law Review
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University of Pennsylvania
M.S. (1975) | Education
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Honors: Graduated with Honors
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1974) | Spanish
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Awards
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Prestigious Legal Eagle Award given to the top franchise attorneys in the U.S. and Canada by Franchise Times
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Top franchise attorneys in the U.S.
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
One of the top franchise attorneys in the U.S.
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Top rated attorney in the U.S.
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Professional Associations
International Franchise Association
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of Business Law Section and the Forum on Franchising
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Professional Business Network
Board of Trustees
- Current
Activities: Monthly networking event
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Pennsylvania State Bar  # 28616
Member
- Current
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Montgomery Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Committee and the Franchise Law Committee
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Section and the Solo and Small Firm Section
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Fend Off Franchise Fiascos
Costco Magazine
Websites & Blogs
Website
Lanard and Associates
Blog
Blog – Lanard and Associates
Legal Answers
22 Questions Answered
Q. What do I do when you become aware someone is using your registered trademark in another state?
A: First you should check to see when the other business started using the name. If they used it prior to your trademark registration being complete in 2021, then that other business will have rights to use that name in their marketing area. To clarify, they will not have rights nationally, your registered federal trademark gives you that right except where there is another business using the same or similar name prior to your federal registration. Other than a business that was using the name prior to your trademark registration, you should have priority rights to the name. If you learn that the other business just started using the name after your trademark was registered, then you should retain counsel to immediately send a “cease and desist” letter letting the owner know that they have violated your federal trademark rights and need to stop immediately. Good luck!
Q. Establishment LLC
A: It means that any LLC property (business assets, such as computers, phone systems, POS, real estate, vehicles, etc.) are owned by the LLC and not owned by any of the owners/members of the LLC personally. These business assets are the property of the LLC and not property of the owners of the LLC. I hope this clarifies this for you.
Q. NDA for consultation?
A: The NDA (which includes a non-compete provision) can be entered between two individuals - it does not need to be between business entities. Make sure the NDA is strong and thoroughly defines confidential information to include all forms that the information could be - in other words, the definition of confidential information should be broad. The penalties for violating the NDA should be clearly stated and harsh enough that it would not pay for the professor to violate them. The NDA should include non-compete language as well. I would recommend contacting an attorney to help you draft a strong NDA that covers all contingencies for this situation.
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Contact & Map
600 W. Germantown Pike
Suite 400
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Telephone: (215) 392-0030 Ext. 101
Fax: (215) 392-2610
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