Kat Tidd began her own private practice in Dallas, Texas in1994. She currently advises small and medium sized businesses, franchisors and franchisees, dealers, and entrepreneurs in general and serves as a consultant to other attorneys on franchise and business opportunity matters. Her practice emphasizes business, corporate, federal and state franchise and transactional law, including compliance, disclosure and franchise start-up related matters. Kat has worked in and with the franchise industry for more than 20 years. Kat Tidd served as vice president and general counsel of franchising, licensing and distribution companies for 12 years. She has negotiated and structured franchise and license arrangements at the U.S. and international levels, as well as working with both start-ups and mature franchise systems. She developed and managed legal departments for such companies as Taco Time International, The Plus Companies and Pizza Inn.
Kat has been an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising for over 20 years, has served on the Forum Nominating Committee, published in the Franchise Law Journal, been speaker on ethics at the annual meeting of the Forum on Franchising, the Dallas Bar Association, and on Continuing Legal Education programs, as well as three times served as golf tournament chair for the Forum (!). She is also a member of the Texas and Oregon state bars, President of the Franchise Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and past co-chair of the International Business Committee of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce. She obtained her B.A. from the Honors College, University of Oregon and her J.D. from University of Oregon Law School.