Steven Feirman is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC. As a member of the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group, he focuses his practice on domestic and international franchise and distribution law, as well as antitrust and trade regulation matters.
Steve has extensive experience counseling clients on U.S. and international franchising programs, licensing arrangements, and other distribution systems, including structuring and documenting such arrangements. He negotiates and prepares franchise, license, supply, distribution, asset purchase, and national account agreements, and has developed franchise disclosure documents for numerous jurisdictions.
Many franchisors call on him to address their most difficult issues, and he serves as both their legal advisor and strategic business advisor. In the area of antitrust, he represents clients on pricing, tying, mergers and acquisitions (including Hart-Scott-Rodino), and other competition issues. Steve conducts antitrust and franchise compliance programs, and assists clients in litigation and other dispute resolution matters. In addition, he represents companies before federal and state government agencies on antitrust and franchising matters. He served as antitrust counsel for the Coalition for Fair Consumer Pricing appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Steve is a frequent lecturer and contributor to legal publications on antitrust and franchising law topics. He has served as an editor of some of the leading publications in the field, including Franchise Law Journal and Franchise Legal Digest, and also as a contributor to Global Competition Review and Franchising World.
For the eighth consecutive year, Steve was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a national listing based on a rigorous peer-review survey, and was ranked nationally in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA for Franchising. He was also included in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. Additionally, he has been recognized for the past nine years as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times, an honor accorded the top franchise lawyers in the United States based on peer and client nominations. Steve is a past recipient of the Federal Trade Commission’s Meritorious Service Award and the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement.