Bryan Cave recently received the 2017 Global Law Firm of the Year award from our client Avis Budget Group. After an exhaustive two-year process, Avis Budget reduced its outside firms from more than 600 down to a select group of seven firms, which includes Bryan Cave and six other well-known national and international firms. Each panel firm has been designated as the exclusive firm for certain legal work in specific geographic territories. Bryan Cave is the designated firm for franchise and licensing arrangements in North America.

This month, at the annual conference for all panel firms in Whippany, N.J., the General Counsel of Avis Budget Michael Tucker named Bryan Cave as its Law Firm of the Year. Tucker specifically praised the work of Chris Emerson, Christian Zust and BCXponent, and the work of Jonathan Solish, Glenn Plattner and Bryan Cave’s Franchise Team in defending the agency operator model.

 BCXponent created technology that enabled Avis to implement its matter and budget assessment processes across its seven panel firms so information was automatically added to its Serengeti electronic billing system. BCXponent’s tools allowed Avis Budget to evaluate its metrics and dashboard to measure the impact of its legal initiatives. The same technology platform was leveraged in an RFP from a pharmaceutical industry business, which was a factor in that company’s decision to award Bryan Cave a multimillion dollar fixed fee to handle its work globally. The client turned on its platform last week with Bryan Cave and its global local counsel network.

The Franchise Team has had several notable wins in defending Avis Budget licensing arrangements from agency and joint employer claims. Class certification was defeated in a primary case, and other cases in Florida, Texas and California were either defeated or settled for modest amounts.

At the legal conference, Solish presented on joint employer issues. Emerson presented on the technology created by BCXponent. Bryan Cave’s Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Martin presented the firm’s diversity data by telephone. Ken Costello also was praised at the conference for his franchise work, as was the work done by Brad Purcell and Greg Sachnik in a case pending in Texas.