Kilpatrick Stockton Partner Elected Vice-Chair of Franchise Section of State Bar of Georgia

ATLANTA (February 25) — Kilpatrick Stockton announced today that Partner, Rupert Barkoff, has been elected Vice-Chair of the newly formed Franchise Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Barkoff has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1973. He previously served three years as Chair of the American Bar Association’s 2,000 member Forum on Franchising and served six additional years on its Governing Committee.

Mr. Barkoff has been practicing franchise, distribution and corporate law for 35 years. His franchise practice emphasizes solutions to registration and structuring issues and developing individual and collective solutions to franchisor-franchisee relationship problems. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America®, published by Woodward/White. Mr. Rupert was named a “Most Highly Regarded Individual for Franchise” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for 2006, ranking #9 globally. This peer-nominated distinction is based upon a comprehensive and independent survey of both general counsel and private practice attorneys worldwide. Most recently, the firm’s Franchise Team, which Mr. Barkoff chairs, tied for third among the world’s top practices according to Chambers Global 2008.
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About the Franchise Section of the State Bar of Georgia
The 40th section of the State Bar of Georgia was formed in November, 2007. The purpose of the section is to promote the education and best practices of franchise and distribution law among Bar members.

About Kilpatrick Stockton
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP is a full-service international law firm with more than 500 attorneys in nine offices across the globe: Atlanta and Augusta, GA.; Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, NC.; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Stockholm, Sweden. Kilpatrick Stockton’s delivery of innovative business solutions provides results-oriented counsel for corporations, from the challenging demands of financial transactions and securities to the disciplines of intellectual property management. Collaboration among Kilpatrick Stockton’s corporate, litigation and intellectual property attorneys provides knowledgeable and proactive guidance for companies at every stage of the business life cycle. For more information, please visit


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