Thomas J. Kent Jr. Joins Firm as Chair of Franchising and Distribution PracticeRADNOR, Pa., July 30, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — David J. Sorin, Esq., managing partner of SorinRand LLP, announced Thomas J. Kent Jr. will be joining the award-winning law firm as partner and chair of SorinRand's newly established Franchising and Distribution practice as of today.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Tom to SorinRand," Sorin said. "He shares the firm's core values and principles. He is dedicated to client service at the highest levels of quality, responsiveness, direct interaction and businesspersons' sensibility combined with steadfast adherence to ensuring efficiency and a compelling value proposition."
Kent, formerly co-chair of Fox Rothschild LLP's Franchising, Licensing & Distribution practice, said he wholeheartedly embraces SorinRand's primary mission and views this as an opportunity to expand his practice and the reach of his new firm. Kent brings an impressive list of nationally known clients with him to SorinRand.
"When I decided to move my practice, I considered several firms with platforms similar to Fox Rothschild in terms of size and practice areas," Kent said. "I chose SorinRand because I believe in the philosophy the firm is based upon. SorinRand is poised to meet the legal needs of my clients today and going forward."
"I'm truly looking forward to the opportunity to be joining this award-winning firm and to be working side-by-side with attorneys who have such a wonderful reputation," said Kent, who has been named to the Super Lawyers listing himself.
SorinRand was just named "Growth Law Firm of the Year-U.S." by ACQ Finance Magazine. Previously, the firm was named "Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year" for 2012 by Finance Monthly magazine, "2011 Emerging Growth Law Firm of the Year in the United States" by Lawyer Monthly, and both "2012 Emerging Growth Law Firm of the Year" and "2012 Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year" by Corporate LiveWire.
George Nagle, managing partner of SorinRand's Radnor office and chair of its Tax Practice, said he believes Kent will add a new dimension to SorinRand's corporate practice with his focus on franchising and distribution with highly complementary focus on industry and stage of development. "Tom's expertise broadens our service offerings in the industries in which we are already highly recognized and for the emerging growth and middle market clients to which we have dedicated the firm."
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild in 2007, Kent was the managing partner of a Chester County, Pa. law firm, and in-house counsel at Cottman Transmission Systems LLC, an international franchisor.
"My interest in franchise law began at Cottman but I am passionate about it now because it affords me the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs who have the interest in growing existing brands nationally and internationally," Kent said.
During his acclaimed legal career, Kent has counseled U.S. and international franchise companies on a variety of matters, positioned growth-oriented companies to franchise their concept or establish a distribution network; implemented strategies to successfully develop new franchise and distribution systems, and represented corporations and partnerships in the sale and/or acquisition of businesses in myriad franchise sectors including financial services, manufacturing, transportation, restaurant, professional services, automotive, and technology industries.
In addition to his active membership in the International Franchise Association, Kent is a member of the Archbishop John Carroll High School Advisory Board and a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, Brandywine Chapter, Board of Directors.
SORINRAND LLP, with offices in East Brunswick, N.J., New York City, and Radnor, Pa., focuses on start-up, early-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market sector technology, software, communications, marketing/communications, Internet, alternative energy and clean-tech, nanotechnology, biotechnology, medical devices and other life sciences enterprises, as well as the financial institutions, investors, directors, and executives who support and lead them. For more information, visit www.sorinrand.com.
SOURCE SorinRand LLP