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Peter J. Klarfeld

Peter J. Klarfeld

Gray Plant Mooty

Washington, DC, USA


Mr. Klarfeld is a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Gray Plant Mooty.  He has specialized in franchise dispute resolution and counseling for over 35 years and has appeared as lead counsel for some of America’s largest franchisors in courts, arbitrations and mediations across the United States, and as an arbitrator in international arbitration.  From 2007 - 2010, Mr. Klarfeld served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising and as the Forum’s Membership Officer, and in 2008 he served as Co-Chair of the Forum’s Annual Meeting.  He was the Editor-In-Chief and a co-author of the first edition of Covenants Against Competition In Franchise Agreements (ABA 1992) and served in the same capacity for the second edition of that work, published in 2003.  He is the author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker on domestic and international franchise litigation and arbitration issues and was the co-author of the manual Franchise Litigation (Federal Publications, 1996).

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Klarfeld served for two years as an Attorney/Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice.  He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars and of the bars of numerous federal trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Klarfeld received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and the Order of the Coif.  After graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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