Franchise & Distribution | Virtual Annual Meeting & CLE | Call for Nominations

*REMINDER* Franchise & Distribution | Virtual Annual Meeting & CLE | Call for Nominations

Dear Section Members:

Please join the Franchise and Distribution Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia on June 30 from 12 – 1 p.m. for a virtual Annual Meeting and CLE program. As the Section year is coming to an end, we need to vote in the 2020-21 slate of officers. There is one open position for Member-at-Large; details on the nominations process are below.

Following a short business meeting to elect the officers, we will have a CLE program:

Successfully Integrating Legal Counsel with Franchised Businesses

This program will explore the perspective of business leaders, in-house counsel, and outside counsel in a practical and informative discussion about how these three important roles work together to support business initiatives, navigate business challenges and mitigate business risks. Discussion topics will include: how attorneys can help or hurt a business; implementation of internal legal processes and systems that align with the business landscape; how to manage legal fees and simplify budgeting; how to conduct attorney/client communications in an efficient and effective manner; and how to avoid common pitfalls and breakdowns in the relationship between business leaders and legal counselors. This program will give real-life practical pointers that will help in-house and outside attorneys maximize the value they provide their business clients.


– Mike Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer, Altitude Trampoline Parks
– Andra Terrell, Deputy General Counsel, Church’s Chicken
– Anne P. Caiola, Partner, Caiola & Rose

Click here to register [ ] . After registering, please RSVP to Lane Sosebee [ ] in order to receive the Zoom meeting link. The program is eligible for 1 hour of ethics CLE hour. The registration fee is $10.

Call for Nominations: At this meeting we will elect a slate of officers for the 2020-21 Section year, including a new Member-at-Large. You may nominate yourself or another member to serve as Member-at-Large. Please submit your nominations to by June 18. Three of our esteemed Section members — Kathryn Rookes, Michael Rosenthal and Mark VanderBroek have agreed to serve on the Nominations Committee this year. They will be responsible for evaluating the nominees and selecting the Member-at-Large from the nominations received.

Should you have questions regarding the Section or participation, please reach out to any of the current officers:

Chair: Kristin Goran (
Vice Chair: Jared Miller (
Secretary: Annie Caiola (
Member-at-Large: Meredith Barnes (

Thank you, and we hope you can join us!

Kristin Goran, Chair
Franchise and Distribution Law Section
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303-2743
Phone – 404-527-8700 Fax – 404-527-8717