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Vanessa Wheeler Receives Edward Wood (Jack) Dunham Rising Scholar Award from the ABA Forum on Franchising



Franchise and litigation attorney Vanessa Wheeler has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Edward Wood (Jack) Dunham Rising Scholar Award by the ABA Forum on Franchising. Each year, this award recognizes a Franchise Law Journal contributor in his or her first seven years of practice for their scholarship and dedication to the industry. Winners are selected by members of the Franchise Law Journal and Franchise Lawyer editorial boards, with input from the Chair of the Forum. Wheeler was chosen in connection with her recent article, “Intangible Cruelty: The History, Risks, and Challenges of the Prejudgment Attachment of Intellectual Property and its Implications for Franchisors.”

About Vanessa Wheeler
Wheeler is an experienced commercial litigator with a demonstrated history of success in intellectual property, real estate, franchise, cannabis, and general commercial litigation. Wheeler’s broad commercial litigation experience encompasses disputes over real estate brokerage services, franchise agreements and representations, regulatory claims, trademark and copyright infringement, and contractual interpretation. Wheeler has also worked on day-to-day legal issues with her clients while serving as general counsel. She is known for her innovative case strategies and investment in understanding the ins-and-outs of her clients’ businesses.

Wheeler is very active within the firm and in the broader legal community. She is a longstanding member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion and Hiring Committees. Wheeler is actively involved in law student recruiting and mentoring the firm’s Diversity Fellows. As part of her pro bono work, she works with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to represent undocumented children in asylum cases. She also serves as the Topics & Articles Editor for the Franchise Law Journal, on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Loren Miller Bar Association, and participates as part of the Young Lawyers Committee for the ABA Forum on Franchising.