Keri A. McWilliams

Keri A. McWilliams

Nixon Peabody LLP

Recognized since 2019

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Franchise Law

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Keri McWilliams is a co-leader of the Franchise & Distribution team. She represents start-ups and mid-size companies across numerous industries, including restaurants, retailers, fitness centers, health concepts, and luxury brands, in all aspects of their corporate relationships. Keri is also a member of the Health and Wellness initiative, and the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness team.

What do you focus on?

I represent franchise systems ranging from 3 units to more than 1000 units with domestic compliance as well as expansion into more than 25 countries around the world. I work with clients to prepare and update franchise agreements and disclosure documents. I obtain and manage franchise registrations in the United States and advise clients regarding compliance with state, federal, and international franchise laws. I am well-versed in international procedures, with a particular focus in the Latin America market. I have a trusted networking of local counsel with whom I regularly collaborate. I provide franchise counsel regarding expansion and system issues such as franchisee relationships, system evolution, joint employer liability, franchisee defaults, and international development.


  • 799 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20001-5327


  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.F.A.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, DC Bar Association
  • Minnesota, MN Bar Association

Nixon Peabody LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Franchise Law

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