DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Franchise partner Philip Zeidman has received Who's Who Legal's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his vast contributions to the practice of law and consistently outstanding performance in the publication's annual rankings. The publication honors a single individual each year who has attained a record of high achievement and is highly regarded by peers and clients. The award was presented last night at a formal dinner in London.
For nine consecutive years, Zeidman was named Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year by Who's Who Legal, which surveys private attorneys and corporate counsel to rank lawyers in specific disciplines. He received more votes from clients and peers than any other individual attorney worldwide, according to the publication, and statements from those interviewed referred to him as "immensely talented," "one of the best commercial franchise lawyers ever" and "without doubt, the number one franchise practitioner in the world."
Zeidman, who devotes his practice to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law, served as general counsel to the International Franchise Association throughout his career, was the first chairman of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section's Distribution and Franchising Committee and was the chairman of the International Bar Association’s Franchising Committee.
He also serves as counsel to a number of US and foreign companies and trade associations, and has advised many international governmental organizations on techniques for international development and the privatization of state-owned enterprises, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Center for Public Enterprises, the International Executive Service Corps, the US Agency for International Development, the Middle East Investment Initiative and the World Bank. Prior to entering private practice, he spent ten years in public service, including serving as Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States.
In addition, he is heavily involved in pro bono and community service efforts. Zeidman serves on the board of New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world. Zeidman is a founding member of Appleseed, a nonprofit network of public interest centers in the US and Mexico that aims to address systemic legal and economic problems, and also served as Appleseed's general counsel. He is an honorary life member of the Council of the International Bar Association.