Ritchie Taylor has been a member of Manning Fulton’s corporate practice group for 16 years. Ritchie’s clients appreciate his results oriented approach to the practice of law where he helps clients navigate the legal requirements to achieve their objectives.
Ritchie serves as general counsel to numerous emerging and middle market businesses including franchise/distribution, restaurant, hospitality, retail, business services, and software companies. As such, he helps direct each client’s legal strategy to accomplish the client’s short and long-term business objectives. Ritchie’s business practice includes routinely advising management teams and boards of directors on sensitive corporate law matters as well as transaction structure and negotiations.
Ritchie has served as the member of deal teams conducting merger, acquisition, and joint venture transactions in almost all 50 states and internationally.
Additionally, Ritchie leads his firm’s franchise practice and is one the thought leaders in franchising in the Carolinas and nationwide. He serves as the primary franchise counsel to over two dozen franchise systems and dealer networks. Ritchie routinely works with franchisees in evaluating and negotiating franchise disclosure documents.
A CFE, himself, Ritchie serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executive, which is the governing body for the CFE program and develops training programs for franchise executives. He serves on the International Franchise Association's Supplier Forum Board where he helps the franchise trade association advance its agenda to enhance and protect franchising.
He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section Council and is the founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Committee on Franchising. The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, selected Ritchie as the first North Carolina attorney included for franchise law.
As a community leader, Ritchie’s community involvement includes service on the Board of Directors of the Occoneechee Council BSA as well as various leadership positions with his church.
Certified Franchise Executive Designation — Ritchie was one of the first in the county and the first North Carolina attorney to ever be awarded the Certified Franchise Executive designation by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.