Antonia K. Scholz
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Did you know?

  • Antonia once spent 7 days trekking in Cappadocia, Turkey. She set off on this trip the day after she took the bar exam.
  • Antonia is an avid reader and is known to enjoy the works of Stephanie Meyer as much as those of Jane Austen
  • The only thing Antonia loves more than Maryland crabs, is the Baltimore Ravens. As you might guess, Antonia is from Maryland.
  • One of Antonia’s life goals is to visit every U.S. National Park and Monument. Yes, that includes the ones in Guam and American Samoa.
  • If you spot Antonia around Chicago, she is more often than not accompanied by her rat terrier, Cleo.
  • As a child, Antonia spent a year living in Essen, Germany, where she completed 4th grade.
  • Antonia’s favorite album is David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
  • Antonia was raised in a town of 4000 and graduated high school in a class of 45.
  • Antonia attended Lollapalooza for the first time in 2013 and hopes to never miss another year.
  • Antonia loves going to the movies and tries to go every week, regardless of the caliber of movie showing.

Antonia is a general corporate and commercial transactional attorney practicing in franchise and licensing law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and transactions, private equity financing, and general corporate and organizational matters.  She represents franchise companies of all development stages, from industries as diverse as pet-care, fitness, restaurants, and retail.  She has extensive experience guiding emerging brands through the complexities of developing a franchise program and provides sophisticated ongoing support to companies of all sizes through every step of growth.  Representative matters include drafting disclosure documents, counseling clients on regulatory and compliance issues, negotiating commercial business relationships, restructuring existing franchise systems,  developing  or acquiring competitive concepts, expanding domestically and internationally, acquiring or divesting brands and assets, and managing the ongoing contractual needs of a franchise program.   Antonia also has significant general corporate and transactional experience in matters such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, and securities laws.  Combining her general business experience with her specialization in the franchise industry, Antonia is able to provide a solution to every client’s evolving business needs, offering personalized and efficient solutions that address the unique complexities of each business.

Antonia earned her law degree from The University of Chicago Law School, where she focused her class work on corporate and transactional law.  In law school, Antonia also joined the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, a legal clinic offering assistance to local small businesses.   Much of Antonia’s passion for business law comes from having started her own pet care company, which she operated for two years prior to enrolling in law school.

Antonia is a member of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising.  Antonia is also the Young Lawyer’s Division Liaison to the ABA’s Governing Committee of the Forum on Franchising, and a Co-Chair of the International Franchise Association’s Women’s Franchise Network (Chicago Chapter).  Prior to joining Cheng Cohen, Antonia practiced at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP in Chicago, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities and governance, commercial finance and general corporate matters.

  • Juris Doctor, The University of Chicago Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, with honors, The University of Chicago
Bar Admissions
  • State of Illinois
  • International Franchise Association
    • Women's Franchise Committee, Committee-Member
    • Women's Franchise Network (Chicago Chapter), Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
    • Membership Committee, Committee-Member
  • Northern Illinois Franchise Association
  • Illinois Restaurant Association

Recent Speaking and Publications

  • Author and Speaker, Between You and Me: A Toolkit to Counsel in and to Smaller Systems, Annual Forum on Franchising (Oct. 2017, Palm Desert)
  • Author, Plenary with Griffin and Weil Looks at Joint Employer Liability, The Franchise Lawyer (Vol. 19 No. 1, Winter 2016)
  • Co-Author, Are You Ready to Franchise?, Food Industry News (Dec. 2015)

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