Manning Fulton is pleased to announce that partner Ritchie Taylor has been appointed Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Business Law Section effective June 1, for a two-year term. He has served on the Business Law Section Council since 2008, is the founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section’s Franchising Committee and founded the Association’s Basics of Franchise Law continuing legal education program, one of the only such programs in the country.
The Business Law Section concentrates on areas of law relating to the conduct of business, including banking law, securities regulation, business financing, acquisitions, antitrust, contracts, corporations, director liability, mergers, franchising, and guarantees. The Business Law Section also proposes and monitors changes to state business laws and regulations.
In his practice, Ritchie counsels business clients throughout each organization’s life cycle from formation to successful exit. He serves as general counsel to numerous emerging and middle market businesses across all industries with a particular concentration in representing clients in the franchising, retail, hospitality, and education sectors. As the leader of the largest franchise law practice in the Carolinas, Ritchie represents franchisor clients as their strategic advisor through all phases of growing and protecting their brand. He represents scores of franchisees—including some of the largest multi-unit franchisees in the country—in growing and protecting their investments.