Manning, Fulton &, Skinner, P.A. is pleased to announce that Ritchie W. Taylor, head of its Franchise & Hospitality practice group, has been named 2023 ‘Legal Eagles’ by Franchise Times magazine. Franchise Times, a national industry publication for franchisors and multi-unit franchisees, annually recognizes the ‘star legal professionals in the franchise industry.
‘Legal Eagles’ are nominated by their clients and peers, then independently vetted by the Franchise Times editorial board.
Over the years, Ritchie has repeatedly received this recognition.
‘These lawyers live and breathe franchising and truly understand the nuances of the unique business model. In a world of chaos and uncertainty, these exceptional professionals are more necessary than ever. With a keen mind for both the legalese and business, they understand the gravitas of every single legal battle, every transaction and the importance of every document. That engenders a spirit of collaboration and efficiency among this tight-knit group of legal professionals. No matter the issue, the Franchise Times Legal Eagles want to get it solved so everyone can get back to business.’
When Franchise Times asked Ritchie to identify the biggest trends for 2023 he said: “With interest rates at 10 percent, franchisors are laser-focused on unit-level economics. Being focused on franchisee profitability and cash flow has never been more important.”
As a national thought leader on franchising and founder of the largest franchise law practice in the Carolinas, Ritchie is routinely recognized for his work in franchise and business law by a variety of publications including Franchise Times, Whose Who Legal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, and North Carolina Legal Elite.