Suzie Trigg focuses her legal practice on product distribution and other supply chain issues. She has represented franchisors, restaurant systems, consumer product manufacturers and distributors, medical device manufacturers and other companies conducting supply chain initiatives.
Suzie's experience includes representing and establishing purchasing cooperatives and similar buying groups, structuring agreements with vendors and logistics providers, and addressing issues specific to restaurant and foodservice companies, including food safety issues. Suzie frequently drafts and negotiates franchise, license, product distribution and logistics agreements and counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues.
Suzie also draws upon her background in public policy to represent the interests of businesses contracting with or under inspection by government agencies. Prior to practicing law, Suzie served as Legislative Director for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Suzie is a member of the ABA Forum on Franchising, has authored several articles on franchise issues, and has given presentations at conferences held by the International Franchise Association (IFA) Legal Symposium and National Cooperative Business Association. Suzie is also a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute and International Association for Food Protection.
Recent Publications and Speeches
- "Meaningful Audit Systems," presenter, Safeguarding the Functional Food and Dietary Ingredient Supply Chain, Food and Drug Law Institute Conference, September 2013.
- "Selected Domestic Developments," Dallas Bar Association 2013 Franchise Law Update, February 2013.
- "Building an Effective Supply Chain and Distribution System," co-presenter and co-author, ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Conference, October 2012.
- "Principle 4: Autonomy & Independence, focusing on By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation," co-presenter, National Cooperative Business Association webinar, May 26, 2011.
- "Non-Traditional Generation: Franchise Systems Coming of Age with New Franchisees in New Venues," co-author with Joyce Mazero, Franchise Law Journal, Volume 30, Number 4, Spring 2011.
- Legal Update, co-presenter, National Cooperative Business Association Purchasing Cooperative Conference, September 2010.
- "Texas Policy Update," presented on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Cancer Alliance of Texas, August 12, 2010.
- "Purchasing Cooperatives: Leveraging a Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage," co-author with Joyce Mazero, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, Winter 2010.
- "Franchise Law Update," co-author, SMU Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, Summer 2009.
- "FTC Releases Franchise Rule Compliance Guide" co-author with Jan Gilbert, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, Summer 2008.
- "Franchise Law Update," co-author, SMU Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, Summer 2008.
Selected Representative Experience
Purchase of Earthbound Farm
Represented The WhiteWave Foods Company in its $600 million acquisition of the organic food brand, Earthbound Farm, from its existing shareholders, Kainos Capital and founders Drew and Myra Goodman.
12/04/2014 - The Wait Is Over, but the Questions Are Not: Adapting to the FDA’s New Menu Labeling Requirements
Just before Americans sat down to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, with many of them probably choosing to overlook the total calorie count of those meals, the FDA released the long awaited rule on nutritional labeling applicable to chain restaurants and other venues serving restaurant type food (79 FR 71156).
08/01/2014 - NLRB General Counsel Authorizes Complaints against McDonald’s, Classifying Franchisor as Joint Employer with Franchisees
The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB” or the “Board”) general counsel Richard Griffin announced July 29, 2014 that he had authorized complaints in 43 unfair labor practice cases alleging that franchisor McDonald’s, USA, LLC is a joint employer with its franchisees.
02/26/2013 - Selected Domestic Developments
Presented at the Dallas Bar Association 2013 Franchise Law Update.
05/24/2011 - Non-Traditional Generation: Franchise Systems Coming of Age with New Franchisees in New Venues
Franchised businesses have operated in non-traditional venues, such as military bases and airports, for decades. Recently, as optimal street-side real estate locations have become more difficult to acquire and venues have considered the added value of a recognized brand, franchisors and franchisees alike have placed renewed focus on expansions in non-traditional venues.
10/04/2010 - Hot Branding News, Fall 2010
05/01/2010 - Purchasing Cooperatives: Opportunities and Challenges
Purchasing cooperatives present significant benefits to their owners and to the franchise systems that are fortunate to benefit from the expertise and quality goods and services they can provide. This Franchising World
article by Suzie Loonam looks at the potential opportunities and challenges.
03/15/2010 - Purchasing Cooperatives: Leveraging a Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage
Purchasing cooperatives pose a unique opportunity for franchise systems to utilize joint collaboration between the franchisor and franchisees and reduce basic costs. Purchasing cooperatives have legal issues most franchise practitioners do not often encounter, but as this article indicates, none should be insurmountable.
01/05/2010 - Texas Government Contracts: New Year, New Rules
Seeking a state purchasing contract? You may now be required to register as a lobbyist. Some independent contractors who help vendors secure procurement contracts in Texas are now required to register with the Texas Ethics Commission. House Bill 3445, which the Texas Legislature passed last spring during the 81st Texas Legislative Session, established new guidelines for lobbying activities related to state procurement contracts.
06/01/2009 - Franchise Law Update
SMU Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, Summer 2009. Reprinted with Permission.
This article provides an overview of recent case law and legislative efforts that have had, or will have, an impact on franchises and dealers in Texas and the Fifth Circuit.
06/01/2008 - Franchise Law Update
SMU Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, Summer 2008. Reprinted with Permission.
This article provides an update of case law and legislative efforts that have had, or will have, an impact on franchise and dealership law in Texas and the Fifth Circuit.