Maral Kilejian


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center

M.B.A., University of Houston Bauer School of Business

B.A., Texas Tech University



Court Admissions

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas





Maral Kilejian focuses her practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, corporate law, trademark law, and advertising, sweepstakes and promotions.

Maral provides practical initial and ongoing counsel and legal support to franchisors in the structuring and operation of domestic franchise programs and international expansion, including in the drafting of franchise-related agreements, franchise compliance issues, franchise and business opportunity registrations and exemptions, non-traditional venues, alternative distribution channels, managing franchisee relationships, crisis management, operations manuals, marketing materials, gift card programs, development and implementation of social media policies and guidelines, and nation-wide and international sweepstakes and contests.

Maral’s intellectual property practice focuses on federal and state trademark filings as well as dispute resolution, online brand management, and licensing issues.

Maral also advises clients in the structure and implementation of promotions, marketing campaigns, contests, giveaways and sweepstakes across various media, including text message promotions and social media campaigns. She routinely conducts advertising reviews for clients, including in the areas of comparative advertising, trademark usage, and FTC compliance. Maral also prepares, reviews, and negotiates sponsorship and endorsement agreements, marketing services agreements, and other related agreements.

Maral represents companies in various industries, including the restaurant, retail, hospitality, convenience store, healthcare, and beauty, health, and fitness industries.

Maral is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, a Topics and Articles Editor for the Franchise Law Journal, and from 2013 to 2015 served on the Forum’s Diversity Caucus’s Steering Committee. She received the Substantial Written Work Award, 2013 ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting for her article, “Enforceability of Contractual Forum Selection and Choice of Law Provisions,” which was published in the fall 2012 edition of Franchise Law Journal. She is a former chair (2011), vice-chair (2010), and secretary (2009) of the Dallas Bar Association’s Franchise and Distribution Law Section.

Maral serves as a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas.



Deborah Coldwell and Maral Kilejian Selected to 2018 Legal Eagles

Franchise Times has recognized Haynes and Boone Partner Deborah Coldwell and Counsel Maral Kilejian as 2018 Legal Eagles, a publication featuring the top franchise practitioners in the United States.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Click to Win: Boosting the Brand with Sweepstakes and Contests,” author and speaker, Form on Franchising Annual Meeting, Fall 2017.
  • “Trademark Infringement Claims in Keyword Advertising,” co-author, Franchise Law Journal Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 2016.
  • “Franchising (& Distribution) Currents”, author, Franchise Law Journal Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 2016.
  • “Franchising to Large and Sophisticated Franchisees: A Whale of an Opportunity or the Elephant in the Room?” author and speaker, Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting, Fall 2015.
  • “Franchising (& Distribution) Currents”, co-author, Franchise Law Journal Vol. 18, No.4, Fall 2015.
  • “Forum Selection and Choice of Law: Drafting and Enforcement,” Presenter, North Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, September 2014.
  • “How Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Affect Both Franchisors and Franchisees?” The Franchise Lawyer, Fall 2013.
  • “Legal Issues Affecting Franchise Development,” Presenter, International Franchise Association Franchise Development Seminar, Dallas, Texas, November 2012.
  • “Enforceability of Contractual Forum Selection and Choice of Law Provisions,” Franchise Law Journal, Fall 2012.
  • “What is a Franchise?” Presenter, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium Basics Track, Washington, D.C., May 2011.
  • “The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: A Safety Quilt for Franchisees Called to Duty,” The Franchise Lawyer, Fall 2009.
  • “Cross Border Franchising” Presenter, Best Practices in Franchising Breakfast and Roundtable Series, Toronto, Canada, September 2008.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2017

Haynes and Boone lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 41 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition.

Professional Recognition

  • Included as a Legal Eagle (top 100 franchise lawyers) in Franchise Times, Franchise Times Corp., 2017-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017
  • Named as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) as recognized by the International Franchise Association, 2016

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