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Kat Tidd

Kat Tidd

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Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
972-247-6934
Fax:
972-247-7535
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Kat Tidd formed her own law firm in Dallas, Texas in 1994 emphasizing all aspects of franchise and business opportunity laws. She currently advises small and medium sized businesses, franchisors and franchisees, dealers, and entrepreneurs in general and serves as a consultant to other attorneys on franchise and business opportunity matters. Her practice emphasizes business, corporate, franchise and transactional law, including compliance, disclosure and franchise start-up related matters. Kat has worked in and with the franchise industry for more than 20 years. Kat Tidd served as vice president and general counsel of franchising, licensing and distribution companies for 12 years. She has negotiated and structured franchise and license arrangements at the U.S. and international levels, as well as working with both start-ups and mature franchise systems. She developed and managed legal departments for such companies as Taco Time International, The Plus Companies and Pizza Inn. Before relocating to Texas in 1989, she also maintained a limited private practice counseling business and franchise owners, prospective franchisees and start-up franchisors.

Kat has been an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising and the Antitrust section since 1981, has served on the Forum Nominating Committee, published in the Franchise Law Journal, been speaker on ethics at the annual meeting of the Forum on Franchising, the Dallas Bar Association, and on Continuing Legal Education programs, as well as a frequent speaker on the topic franchises and franchising in the DFW area golf tournament chair for the Forum. She is also a member of the Texas and Oregon state bars, past Chair of the Franchise Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and past co-chair of the International Business Committee of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. She obtained her B.A. from the Honors College, University of Oregon and her J.D. from University of Oregon Law School.

"I've worked in and with franchising for more than 25 years (I'm not counting any more) - before, during, and after law school. 12 years as vice-president and general counsel of various franchisors, and now 11 years with my own firm. I counsel franchisors and franchisees, dealers, and entrepreneurs and working closely other attorneys (especially litigators) on franchise and business opportunity matters. My practice is 99% all things franchise [both franchisor and franchisee]: franchise disclosure and compliance, start-ups, transactions, franchise relationship and litigation/dispute resolution matters, and business opportunities."

Areas of Practice

  • Franchises and Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Franchise Distribution Law
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Dealer and Distributor
  • Corporate Law
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1981
  • Texas, 1990

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1981
  • University of Oregon, Honors College
    • B.A.

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Franchise Law , 2013 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in Texas in Franchise Law , 2012 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Franchise Law, 2005 - 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Franchise Section, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, Franchising and Distribution Law Committee
  • State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • National Association Women Business Owners, Member
  • Solo and Small Firm Task Force of the ABA Forum on Franchising, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Pizza Inn, Inc., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, 1991 - 1993
  • The Plus Companies, General Counsel, 1989 - 1991
  • The Itex Corporation, Vice President and General Counsel, 1985 - 1989
  • Taco Time International, Inc., General Counsel, 1981 - 1983
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Past Co-Chair, International Business Committee

Languages

  • French

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Law Offices of Kat Tidd, P.C.
One Lincoln Centre
5400 LBJ Fwy Ste 1200
Dallas, TX 75240
Telephone: 972-247-6934
Fax: 972-247-7535
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