Marco’s Pizza Declares Kristin Corcoran as Vice President of Company Counsel

The Trade Veteran Brings Many years of Authorized Expertise to the Place

Marco’s Pizza, an Ohio-based pizza franchisor, introduced Kristin Corcoran as vice chairman of company counsel. Leveraging her authorized experience, Corcoran will assist Marco’s authorized group and supply authorized recommendation. 

“It’s an thrilling time to affix the Marco’s group. With a number of initiatives in improvement, franchise growth surging, and new partnerships being fashioned, it’s my aim to supply the authorized recommendation wanted to maintain up with new traits, challenges, and alternatives, as Marco’s continues on the quick observe to pizza royalty,” Corcoran mentioned in a press release. Different current additions to the pizza model’s management group embody CDO Gerardo Flores. 

After assembly Shannon Iverson, vice chairman of franchise gross sales at Marco’s Pizza, at an Worldwide Franchise Affiliation (IFA) networking occasion, Corcoran was impressed by the pizza model’s imaginative and prescient. “Shannon is a good model ambassador, and I do not forget that she instructed me that Marco’s believes in ‘individuals first, hospitality all the time.’” Corcoran appreciated all the pieces in regards to the pizza franchise and jumped on the alternative to fulfill the remainder of the management group. 

Kristin Corcoran, Marco's Pizza
Kristin Corcoran is the brand new vice chairman of company counsel for Marco’s Pizza.

“She is a extremely completed lawyer whose management, experience, and enterprise contributions have had a considerable, optimistic impression on the manufacturers she’s suggested. Her expertise navigating franchise legislation in earlier positions makes her extremely certified for this new position. She is the appropriate individual to assist our franchise regulatory and compliance capabilities as we dive into new and thrilling strategic initiatives,” mentioned Marco’s Pizza senior vice chairman and chief authorized officer Todd Watson.

Corcoran’s Authorized Path

Shortly after graduating from legislation college, Corcoran was an affiliate in a litigation legislation agency and had the chance to characterize Dunkin Manufacturers. “I loved studying about franchise legislation, and ultimately these experiences with Dunkin’ led to my place with Subway.”

Throughout her 25 years with Subway, the legacy model grew from 10,000 models to over 40,000 in additional than 110 international locations, Corcoran mentioned. “I’ve all the time discovered that understanding the enterprise aims and offering sensible authorized recommendation to the administration group is critically necessary. As a companion in a franchise legislation agency, I supplied steering to each established in addition to new and rising franchisors on all kinds of points.”

Corcoran additionally served as counsel at DLA Piper, a multinational legislation agency, and was a companion in Appleby & Corcoran, LLC. 

The Significance of Authorized Counsel

Corcoran stresses the significance of sound authorized counsel for franchisees and franchisors. “I’d recommend [franchise professionals] discover a lawyer who actually understands what you are promoting — who tried the product, downloaded the app, and made a concerted effort to independently analysis and get to know what you are promoting.” 

Corcoran enjoys seeing franchisors help franchisees in rising their enterprise. “The franchise mannequin makes that attainable.” Corcoran provides that there’s “by no means a boring second in franchising because it encompasses so many areas of legislation — regulatory, transactional, worldwide, dispute decision and litigation.”

She suggests entrepreneurs who’re concerned about franchising ought to become involved with the IFA and different organizations, attend commerce exhibits and conferences, and community with suppliers and different franchise professionals. “Many are completely satisfied to share info and supply recommendation. Make certain to think about skilled recommendation from attorneys and tax advisors. Attending to these points — securing the trademark, contemplating the suitable company construction, and attending to regulatory issues — will lay the muse from which your model can develop.”