Certified Specialist, Franchise and Distribution Law,
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Over the course of a 33-year career, Tim Pickwell has represented some of the biggest names in the franchise and restaurant industry—and also advised some of the smallest. He gained his initial franchise experience negotiating international license agreements as corporate counsel for 6,000 unit franchisor Century 21® Real Estate (1988-1994). He then headed up the international franchise division of $2.2 billion revenue, publicly-traded Jack in the Box® Restaurants (1995-2000) where he supervised franchise marketing and operations. He also served as corporate counsel to the company’s purchasing, IT and marketing departments. From 2000-02 Mr. Pickwell was general counsel of a Silicon Valley-based pre-IPO telecommunications start-up, and also represented several other start-up and telecommunication companies.
More recently, Mr. Pickwell served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary (2002-05) to the Coco’s® and Carrows® restaurant chains, where, among other things, he supervised real estate, risk management, human resources, franchise sales and franchise operations. Since 2005, Mr. Pickwell has had a private law practice representing national and international restaurant and franchise clients, with an emphasis on franchise registration, disclosure and relationship issues.