Ritchie W. Taylor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Manning, Fulton & Skinner, PA
 | 3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: 919-944-4889
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

    Ritchie Taylor is a business and corporate attorney at the firm of Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A., in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Taylor has over 20 years of experience and serves clients from all the firm’s North Carolina offices.

    Mr. Taylor handles a wide range of business and corporate matters, including those involving corporate finances, hospitality, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and franchise compliance, registration, franchisee representation and international franchising. He is experienced in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution and is general counsel to several businesses.

    His knowledge and experience in corporate and franchise law have earned Mr. Taylor a listing in the publication The Best Lawyers in America. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as a council member in the association’s Business Law Section and a member of the International Practice Section. He also belongs to the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising.

    Mr. Taylor is also active in the International Franchise Association. He sits on the association’s Supplier Forum Board of Directors and Social-Sector Franchising Task Force and belongs to the Membership and Legal/Legislative committees. He enjoys staying involved in his community through participation in the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council.

    Mr. Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management and graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. He is a certified franchise executive from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and sits on the organization’s board of governors. He holds licenses to practice law before all North Carolina state courts and the U.S. Tax Court.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Franchise/Dealership
    • 20%Mergers & Acquisitions
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    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, 2020
    • Selected by Franchise Times magazine as one of the top franchise attorneys in America, Franchise Times Legal Eagle, Franchise Times, 2020
    • 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”)
    • Recognized as North Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly Leader in the Law, Leaders In The Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2017
    • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Franchise/Dealership Law, 2018 - 2019
    • Who's Who in American Law

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Fran-Guard Certified Trainer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • North Carolina Bar Association, Course Planner, Basics of Franchise Law Continuing Legal Education Course, 2008 to 2019
    • North Carolina Bar Association, International Law Section
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Curriculum Committee, Past Member
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Chair, 2019 - 2021
    • 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 2019
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Vice-Chair 2019 to 2021
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law, Council Member, 2007 to Present
    • 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:

    • Lead workshop at 2020 International Franchise Association Convention on what emerging franchisors can do now to prepare their business now to maximize value upon exit., Facilitator, Preparing your brand now for for ultimate exit, International Franchise Association, 2020
    • Presenter, Negotiating with Private Equity
    • The Ins and Outs of Contests and Sweepstakes, 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 W. Taylor

    3605 Glenwood Avenue
    Suite 500
    Raleigh, NC 27612

    Phone: 919-944-4889

    Fax: 919-325-4624

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