WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 – Piper Rudnick LLP announced today that…

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 – Piper Rudnick LLP announced today that Steven B. Feirman, a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group, has won the 2004 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article “The Legality of Rebates from Suppliers.”

The Burton Award is dedicated to the enrichment and refinement of writing in the legal profession. Every year these awards honor lawyers who use clear, concise language to comment on important legal issues. The awards are presented annually by the Burton Foundation, a nonprofit cultural and academic organization devoted to promoting the legal profession.

“We are delighted that Steve has won this prestigious award,” said Philip F. Zeidman, a senior partner at the firm. “His vast knowledge of antitrust and franchise law and his clear, finely honed writing make him a key member of the team we have built at Piper Rudnick, the largest franchise practice of any firm in the world.”

Piper Rudnick attorneys have won Burton Awards in four of the last five years, becoming one of only two firms to have been so honored.

Mr. Feirman’s commentary, published in the Fall 2003 Franchise Law Journal, examined the viability of antitrust claims brought by franchisees against franchisors based on supplier rebates to franchisors. This is an issue that has received extensive attention in recent years.

Mr. Feirman concentrates his practice in antitrust, franchising and distribution law, including antitrust counseling and litigation, franchise law compliance, and “best practices” in the development of franchise and distribution systems. A frequent lecturer and contributor to legal publications on antitrust and franchising law topics, he has assisted many companies in organizing and expanding their U.S. and international franchising programs, licensing arrangements, and other distribution systems.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Feirman was a recipient of the Federal Trade Commission’s Meritorious Service Award. He is based in the firm’s Reston and Washington offices. Mr. Feirman will be honored in June at a dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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