Ritchie Taylor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Manning, Fulton & Skinner, PA
 | 3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: 919-510-9270
Fax: 919-325-4624
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Franchise/Dealership (60%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Portuguese
Attorney Profile

A partner at Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A., Ritchie W. Taylor focuses his practice on corporate law, with a particular emphasis on franchising. From the firm's offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, he represents companies and individuals throughout the area, including Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, and other parts of the state. In his practice, Mr. Taylor provides advice and counsel on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity financing, and other transactions. He also works with management and boards of directors on regulatory compliance.

A recognized leader in franchising, more than 50 domestic and international franchise systems rely on his strategic legal counsel where he leverages decades of experience helping establish, grow, and protect franchisors. His work has included advising clients through all stages of growing a successful franchise brand including preparation of franchise disclosure documents, master franchise agreements, area development agreements, and area representative agreements.  

Mr. Taylor also provides representation to numerous single and multiunit franchisees, helping them to protect and grow their considerable investments including reviewing their franchise disclosure documents, negotiating the terms of their franchise agreements, and franchise merger and acquisition transactions.

He is an active participant in the International Franchise Association, and he has served on that organization's  Membership and Legal/Legislative committees. Mr. Taylor has also been a member of the IFA's Supplier Forum Advisory Board, and he has received the Certified Franchise Executive designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. He has previously served on the ICFE board of governors.

After growing up in Cary, Mr. Taylor enrolled at Brigham Young University, where he majored in business management and received a Bachelor of Science in 1996. Remaining in Provo, he pursued his legal education at the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1999. Admitted to practice in North Carolina and before the United States Tax Court, Mr. Taylor has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Franchise/Dealership (60%)

Mergers & Acquisitions (20%)

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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About Ritchie Taylor

Admitted: 1999, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.manningfulton.com/people/attorneys/ritchie-w-tay...

Honors/Awards:

  • Since 2011, selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America for franchise law.  , The Best Lawyers In America, 2018
  • Selected by Franchise Times magazine as one of the leading franchise practitioners, Franchise Times Legal Eagle, Franchise Times, 2019
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • First North Carolina Attorney included for Franchise Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Franchise/Dealership Law, 2009-2011
  • Certified Franchise Executive (“CFE”) Designation Award, Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (“ICFE”)
  • Leaders In The Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Franchise/Dealership Law, 2017
  • Who's Who in American Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • American Bar Association, Business Law
  • Institute of Certified Franchise Executives Board of Governors
  • International Franchise Association Supplier Forum’s Board of Directors 2015 to 2021
  • International Franchise Association, Legal & Legislative Committee, Member, 2010
  • International Franchise Association, Membership Committee, Member, 2010
  • International Franchise Association Emerging Franchisor Task Force, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Committee on Franchising, Founding Chair 2007 to 2020
  • North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section Vice Chair 2019 to 2020
  • North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section Council 2007 to 2020
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Raleigh-Durham Chapter, Chairman
  • United States Tax Court, 2000
  • Admitted to North Carolina Bar, 1999

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Board of Directors
  • Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Endowment Committee, Chairman
  • Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Friends of Scouting Campaign, Vice Chairman
  • Families Supporting Adoption
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elders Quorum, Financial Clerk
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elders Quorum, President
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sunday School President and Teacher
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Chair
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Volunteer Missionary in Brazil, 1991-1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, The Ins and Outs of Contests and Promotions, Franchising World Magazine, 2012
  • Presentation, Franchising & Advertising: Achieving Maximum Effect with Minimum Risk
  • Article described common mistakes business people and attorneys make in approaching franchising and how to avoid them, Author, Franchising's Minefield for Business Lawyers, Notes Bearing Interest, North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, 2012
  • Author, Beware Becoming An Accidental Franchisor, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2014
  • Presentation, Legal Considerations for Starting Your Business
  • Presentation, Franchise Law – Enforcing System Standards without Litigation
  • Presentation, How to Grow Your Business During Today’s Trying Times
  • Presentation, Franchise Legal Update
  • Presentation, Different Models for Franchise Growth – Broker Network, Area Representative, and Development Agent
  • Presentation, Protecting Future Value of Your Franchise System
  • Presentation, Franchise Development During a Credit Crunch
  • Presentation, Franchise Advertising Funds – What You Need To Know
  • Presentation, Multi-Unit Expansion Franchisor/Franchisee Perspective
  • Presentation, Keys to Successful Franchise Relations
  • Presentation, Web Portals or Brokers – What Works Best?
  • Presentation, The New FTC Franchise Rule: It’s Here! What do you Need to Know?
  • Presentation, Keys to Enforcing System Standards Before The Lawyers Get Involved
  • Small Business Administration Seminar for Minorities, Veterans, & Women, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2011
  • Presentation, Keys to Attracting Top Notch Franchisees To Your Franchise System
  • Presentation, Legal Considerations in Buying a Franchise
  • Presenter, Resolving Disputes Without Litigation, International Franchise Association Convention, 2011
  • Presentation, Earnings Claims: Should I Make Them?
  • Course Planner, NCBA Basics of Franchise Law, CLE Program, 2011
  • Presentation, The FTC Franchise Rule: What Do I Really Need To Know
  • Speaker, The Inadvertent or Accidental Franchisor, NCBA Business Law, International Law, and Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Member, CLE Planning Committee, NCBA Business Law, Corporate Counsel Section, Joint Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Presentation, Overview of Proposed FTC Franchise Rule
  • Speaker, Legal Aspects of Franchising, International Franchise Association, The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Presentation, Buying and Selling a Business
  • Speaker, Franchising 101: Registration and Disclosure Issues, North Carolina Bar Association Basics of Franchise Law, 2008-2009
  • Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, Advanced Franchise Education Task Force, Member
  • Speaker, Franchise Sales Under Revised FTC Franchise Rule, International Franchise Association FBN Meeting, 2008
  • National Business Institute, Faculty
  • Speaker, Multi-Unit Franchising:  Is it right for you?, International Franchise Association FBN Meeting, 2006
  • Roundtable Presenter, Sweepstakes and Promotions, International Franchise Association Convention, 2012
  • Speaker, Franchising 101: Registration and Disclosure Issues, North Carolina Bar Association Basics of Franchise Law, 2011
  • Roundtable Presenter, Proactive Use of a Franchisee Exit Strategy Program, International Franchise Association Convention, 2013
  • Member, CLE Planning Committee, NCBA Business Law, International Law Section, Joint Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Presenter, Best Practices in Dealing with Difficult Franchisees Through Non-Confrontational Methods, International Franchise Association Convention, 2009

Transactions:

  • Represented ESOP owned software company in sale to strategic buyer, 2017
  • Represented hospitality services company in $100 million sale to private equity fund, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management, B.S., Major: Business Management (Corporate Finance Emphasis), 1996

Industry Groups

  • Education
  • Franchising
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
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Office Location for Ritchie Taylor

3605 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Phone: 919-510-9270

Fax: 919-325-4624

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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