Rupert Barkoff has been practicing franchise, distribution and corporate law with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta, Georgia since 1973.  His franchise practice emphasizes solutions to registration and structuring issues and developing individual and collective solutions to franchisor-franchisee relationship problems.  He is recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White; ranked in the top seven U.S. franchise attorneys by Chambers; and was selected the Atlanta franchise lawyer of the year for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Barkoff served three years as Chair of the American Bar Association’s 2000 member Forum on Franchising and served six additional years on its Governing Committee. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fundamentals of Franchising, has written over 200 published pieces on franchise law, currently serves as a columnist on franchise law, and serves on the editorial boards of a franchise publication.  He has testified before Congress and spoken at numerous programs sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, Practising Law Institute and the Southeast Franchise Forum, among others.  In 2010, Mr. Barkoff  received the Lew Rudnick Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising.

Mr. Barkoff attended the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate and legal educations, receiving his undergraduate degree with High Distinction in 1970 and his J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1973.  He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and served as the Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.