Dennis E. Wieczorek, CFE, age 62, respected attorney at DLA Piper for 37 years, chairman of its Franchise and Distribution Practice, died July 11. The sad news resulted in numerous outpourings of sadness, support for the family and memories of a well-esteemed friend for his positive business and personal influence.
The DLA Piper law firm and its predecessor firms have served as IFA’s General Counsel since the start of the association, 54 years ago. His areas of concentration included U.S. and international franchising, licensing, antitrust and distribution law matters.
Wieczorek, DLA Piper partner, began work on IFA matters from almost his earliest days at the firm, and formally assumed the role of general counsel several years ago. He was an active participant during IFA’s Annual Conventions and Legal Symposiums, as well as IFA board meetings. In addition to his participation on the IFA board and its related committees, Wieczorek participated on the association’s Legal/Legislative Committee and Legislative Action Group.
“Dennis Wieczorek’s professionalism, expertise and friendship will be truly missed at IFA,” said IFA Pres. &CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. “His keen intellect, sound judgment, steady demeanor and focused diligence in the critical efforts that we are making to defend franchising in legislative and judicial arenas at the federal, state and municipal levels has made the IFA and the industry better and stronger. Dennis was, quite simply, indispensable.”
Wieczorek’s franchise practice excellence has been recognized by research publisher Chambers & Partners in Chambers Global and Chambers USA; The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America, as well as being named Best Lawyers’ 2011 Chicago Franchise Lawyer of the Year. He was honored as Best Lawyer for 2014 in Chicago’s Best Lawyers magazine and as a repeat Franchise Times Legal Eagle.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please make your contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122.