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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP announced today that Marc Seidler and John Verhey, both formerly of Seidler & McErlean, have joined the firm’s Franchise and Distribution group in the Chicago office. Seidler and Verhey bring significant franchise and general commercial litigation experience to the firm. They will work with the Franchise Group, representing franchisors in a wide variety of industries and domestic and foreign clients engaged in manufacturing, product distribution, and intellectual property licensing. “Marc and John have excellent reputations as franchise and general commercial litigators,” said Dennis E. Wieczorek, co-chair of DLA Piper Rudnick’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. “They are valuable additions and will contribute immensely to our growing litigation practice, both in the U.S. and abroad.” Marc Seidler worked for Wilson & McIlvaine as an associate until 1976, and then worked as a First Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County, IL until 1981. In 1981, he joined Rudnick & Wolfe where he remained a partner until 1996. Seidler has an extensive domestic and international commercial arbitration practice both as an attorney and as an arbitrator. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising and a frequent lecturer for the American Bar Association. He earned an A.B with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1970 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1973. John Verhey joined Rudnick & Wolfe in 1988, leaving as a partner in 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising and speaks and writes regularly on franchise and litigation topics. Verhey earned a B.A. in English and Latin from Calvin College in 1985 and a J.D cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. About DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP is a business law firm of 1,400 lawyers in offices throughout the U.S., whose core practices are real estate, corporate and securities, litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Worldwide, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has 2,900 lawyers in 53 offices in 20 countries, including the U.K., mainland Europe and Asia, offering leading practices in commercial, corporate and finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, and technology, media and communications. More information about DLA Piper is available at www.dlapiper.com http://www.dlapiper.com/ . DLA Piper was recently recognized as the number one law firm in the world in the area of franchise law by Who’s Who Legal. In the 2004/2005 edition, 15 of the group’s lawyers were singled out for recognition, more than double the number from any other law firm. The practice has been a national and international leader in franchise and distribution law since modern franchising began, helping to shape the field from its inception. Contact: Patrick Bustamante, Media Relations, DLA Piper, 650.833.2388

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