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Nancy L Lanard

Nancy L Lanard

Lanard and Associates
  • Business Law, Trademarks
  • Pennsylvania
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Summary

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 Areas
  • Business Law
  • Trademarks
Additional Practice Area
  • Franchise Law
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
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. / Law (1978)
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Honors: Law Review
Activities: Law Review
University of Pennsylvania
M.S. / Education (1975)
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Honors: Graduated with Honors
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. / Spanish (1974)
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of Business Law Section and the Forum on Franchising
Professional Business Network
Board of Trustees
- Current
Activities: Monthly networking event
Pennsylvania State Bar # 28616
Member
- Current
Montgomery Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Committee and the Franchise Law Committee
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Section and the Solo and Small Firm Section
Publications
Articles & Publications
Fend Off Franchise Fiascos
Costco Magazine
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. I'd like to buy a business in my town - should I buy it as a corporation?
A: You should buy only the assets of the business, not the stock or membership interest of the entity that currently owns the business. Most like you should form your own entity - either a corporation or limited liability company to own the business. You should consult with an attorney to advise you. Depending on the type of business, it is likely you will want to own the business as a corporation or LLC.
Q. How do i begin the trademark process?
A: It sounds like you are asking how to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Although uspto.gov does have instructions for filing. However, this can be a difficult legal process that should start with a nationwide trademark search and then filing in the proper category. I strongly suggest that you retain experienced counsel to handle this for you. The process is lengthy - typically 9 months or more.
Q. I signed a promissory note for money to start a business. I am in default, what kind of lawyer do I need? Thankyou
A: Any business attorney should be able to assist you. I do not know you and have not reviewed all the facts, but you may want to discuss this with the lender and see if you can work out a payment plan or some new terms. Good luck.
Q. Can my husband start his own company selling something he originally created for his current employer to use?
A: I do not represent you and do not know all the facts, but it sounds like this was a "work for hire" and that the company he worked for owns the rights to it. However, he could approach the company and see if he is able to sell to others. It sounds like he has a strong position in being able to ask the employer to allow him to sell to others. This response does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to provide legal advice for your specific situation.
Q. I want to start selling private label Hot sauce and salsa. I want to use my last name with the word salsa or hot sauce
A: You do not need to have a trademark to sell. However, the federal trademark does protect the name so others cannot come in and copy it. I would also recommend that you copyright your recipe for the sauce. Good luck!
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600 W. Germantown Pike
Suite 400
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
USA
Telephone: (215) 392-0030 Ext. 101
Fax: (215) 392-2610