Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Philip Zeidman

We are delighted to present Philip Zeidman, senior partner in DLA Piper’s Washington, DC office, with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Philip Zeidman attended Yale University, and Harvard Law School, before beginning his legal career as a trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and subsequently becoming General Counsel of the Small Business Administration. He spent a year as Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Hubert Humphrey, before entering private practice. He was a founding partner of Brownstein, Zeidman and Schomer, which through a series of mergers became today’s firm, DLA Piper.

His nearly 50 years of private practice have seen Zeidman be a pioneer, and then a market-leading authority, in franchising law. Bill Rosenberg, the founder of Dunkin’ Donuts and a key figure in the development of name-brand franchising as an industry following the Second World War, personally credited Zeidman for the quality of the legal advice he provided, which went a long way to making his business such a success.

For nearly his entire career Zeidman was general counsel of the International Franchise Association, only standing down in November 2016 after 56 years in the post. The association last year awarded him its inaugural Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award.

Zeidman has previously commented: “It has been one of the great privileges of my life to have been associated with franchising for my entire professional career.”

No one else in our research so completely embodies their practice area as Zeidman does Franchise law.

In addition to all of the other accolades he has received, Zeidman was Who’s Who Legal Franchise lawyer of the year nine times in a row from 2005 to 2013. We now crown this incredible achievement by presenting him with our Lifetime achievement award.

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