Chuck Modell Receives ABA Forum on Franchising’s Lewis G. Rudnick Award


We are delighted to report that our long-time shareholder, Charles S. Modell, was honored with the Lewis G. Rudnick Award at the 40th Annual American Bar Association Forum on Franchising in Palm Desert, California, on October 19, 2017. The Rudnick Award honors franchise lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of the ABA Forum and to franchise law as a discipline and are recognized as accomplished practitioners of franchise law. Most importantly, recipients of this lifetime achievement award are esteemed for comporting themselves in accordance with Lew Rudnick’s high standards of professionalism, decency and collegiality. Chuck is only the ninth recipient of the award.

Chuck has been a dynamic leader in franchising for four decades, sharing his wisdom and insights in scores of speaking engagements, more than sixty published articles and service on the most important industry organizations, including the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, as the Forum’s Financial Officer and as chair of the annual Forum on Franchising. 

“Chuck has formally and informally mentored scores of franchise lawyers, both inside and outside of our firm,” noted Joe Fittante, chair of Larkin Hoffman’s Franchise and Distribution practice and past chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising. “His able counsel and advice to so many of today’s leaders will continue to shape our profession long into the future.” 

Among his colleagues at Larkin Hoffman, Chuck has earned the greatest respect for his accomplishments in practice, business acumen, absolute dedication to client service, firm management and high standards of professionalism, decency and collegiality. “Chuck is a great lawyer, colleague and truly one of the deans of the franchise bar,” said Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman. “I can think of no one more deserving of such a great honor.”