Fredric A. Cohen
Partner
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Did you know?

  • Ric ran the hottest Boston Marathon ever in 2004.
  • Ric is a Cooking Channel addict.
  • Ric left his appendix in South Carolina.
  • Ric thinks that the only thing better than a Sox win is a Cubs loss.
  • Ric dreads participle fusion like the plague.
  • Ric took a "which breed" test and scored a Siberian Husky.
  • In the third grade, Ric won the rotten gumball prize for being the worst kid in class.
  • Ric loves the Great American Songbook.
  • Ric attributes his personality flaws to being knocked out cold by a tank cannon.

Ric is a seasoned business and commercial litigator and trial lawyer.  He represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation.  Ric has extensive experience in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, valuation, technology and finance, among others.

Ric spends most of his time keeping the world safe for franchising.  For nearly thirty years Ric has represented many of the nation’s most prominent franchise, licensing and distribution companies in a wide variety of lawsuits from complex multi-forum class action litigation to standard enforcement actions and everything in between.

Ric has helped franchisors develop programs to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights like trademarks and trade secrets, and he regularly defends franchisors against fraud, breach of contract, good faith and fair dealing, tortious interference, registration and disclosure violations and similar claims.  Ric also works with franchisors to develop effective responses to state and federal regulatory inquiries and investigations, as well as strategies to defend state and federal enforcement actions.  Chambers USA commented that Ric “is hailed by peers as an excellent litigation lawyer” and “one of the great litigation experts in [the franchising] field.”

Before forming Cheng Cohen LLC, Ric was a partner with DLA Piper US LLP and its predecessor firms for nearly his entire career. He was a member of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Franchise & Distribution practice groups, co-chaired the firm’s Franchise Litigation practice group, and served as the firm’s hiring partner.

Education
  • Juris Doctor, with honors, DePaul University College of Law
    • Member, DePaul Law Review
    • Justice, Moot Court Board
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bar Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan, Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, District of Colorado
Awards and Recognitions
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Ranked by Chambers USA (for Franchising)
  • Franchise Times Legal Eagle Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Selected as Illinois Leading Lawyer
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Franchising
    • Section on Litigation
  • International Franchise Association
Recent Speaking and Publications
  • Presenter, Annual Developments, 2015 American Bar Association's 38th Annual Forum on Franchising, October 2016 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Co-Author, Anti-Waiver Arguments and Enforcement of Forum-Selection Clauses, Franchising Business & Law Alert (Aug. 2014)
  • Panelist, Negotiating a Settlement Agreement, 2013 IFA Legal Sumposium, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist, 10 Decisions Every Franchisor Needs to Make, 2012 Emerging Franchisor Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Panelist, When is Franchisor Control Out of Control?, 2011 ABA Franchising Forum, Baltimore, MD
  • Moderator, The Mass Franchise Dispute: Revolution or the Cost of Doing Business?, 2011 IFA Legal Sumposium, Washington, D.C.
  • Panelist, The Anatomy of a Franchise Class Action, American Bar Association's 31st Annual Forum on Franchising, October 2009 (Toronto, Canada)
  Cohen, Fredric A
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