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Associations boosting legal engagement on behalf of members

Litigation arms and preferred legal services increasing; ‘Plenty of space for everyone’

May 12, 2017
By William Ehart

In the past six months, at least two trade associations have ramped up legal efforts to enhance industry advocacy, and observers expect more to come. Groups also are partnering with major law firms to offer legal guidance to members.

The $95 million-revenue National Restaurant Association incorporated the Restaurant Law Center late last year, a move that’s been on the drawing board since 2010.

Also last year, the $19 million-revenue International Franchise Association created the position of chief legal officer, within the association itself, to litigate on behalf of its industry.

The restaurant group is just the latest to join the club of trade associations with affiliated nonprofit litigation arms, led by the $304 million-revenue U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Litigation Center, established in 1977.

“This trend is going to continue,” predicted Angelo Amador, executive director of the Restaurant Law Center.