About the Editors

Christina M. Noyes is a partner with Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C., in Phoenix, Arizona.
She has been in private practice since 1996 and was a certied public accountant
for three years with Deloitte and Touche, LP before starting her legal career. Ms.
Noyes focuses her transactional practice on franchise and corporate law, as well
as handling trademark registrations and renewals. She represents franchisors in
all aspects of developing and maintaining a local, regional, or national franchise
system. She also represents franchisees in evaluating the franchise contracts,
forming the appropriate entity and reviewing the real estate lease. She has been
listed in the Franchise Law category of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009.
Ms. Noyes has written articles and has presented materials on franchising, busi‑
ness opportunity issues, and intellectual property issues for the American Bar
Association Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, and
various Arizona business groups. Ms. Noyes was also the author of the Arizona
Chapter of Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements (M. Grey and
N. McNew, coeditors). For her corporate practice, Ms. Noyes regularly serves as
general corporate counsel, handling matters from start‑up to exit, and advising
on commercial contracts, licensing agreements, ownership changes, promissory
notes, mergers and acquisitions, as well as issuing loan opinions and non‑consol
idation opinions. Ms. Noyes is a graduate of Miami University (B.A., cum laude,
Accounting, 1990), and Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude,
1996, managing editor, Arizona State University Law Journal). She is admitted to
practice in Arizona.
Leonard D. Vines is an ofcer and shareholder in the St. Louis ofce of Greens
felder, Hemker and Gale, P.C. Mr. Vines is listed in the Chambers USA (Leading
Franchise Lawyers nationwide), Best Lawyers of America, The International Who’s
Who of Franchise Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, U.S. News Best Lawyer’s
and Kansas Missouri Super Lawyers. He was editor of the rst edition of Mergers
and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies. Mr. Vines is a former member of the
Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising,
and a member of the franchise advisory board of the North American Securities
Administrators Association (NASAA). He served as a member of the IFA Legal
Symposium Planning Committee, and is an Editorial Board Member for LJN’s
About the Editors
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