Tom Spadea

Tom Spadea is an experienced franchise attorney with a unique history of being the head of franchise development and real estate for multiple national franchise concepts prior to becoming an attorney. This unique perspective of a franchise lawyer who used to sell franchises gives him a deep understanding of his client’s legal and business needs. Tom has seen and worked with franchise companies at all levels of their life cycle as both an attorney and a business executive.

After more than 15 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Tom went on to receive his law degree at Temple University's Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His Philadelphia-based firm, Spadea Lignana, has more than a dozen attorneys focused primarily on franchise law. The firm helps clients with trademarks, the FDD, state registrations, real estate, litigation and the myriad of legal issues faced by both franchisors and franchisees.

Tom is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), a designation he earned in 2008 from the International Franchise Association while working in franchise development. He is also the founding member of the Philadelphia Franchise Association and its current President and Chairman. The Philadelphia Franchise Association holds quarterly networking and educational meetings, bringing together franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers.

Tom Spadea can be reached at 215.525.1165 x115 or tspadea@spadealaw.com

Tom Spadea's Recent Articles


Jul 19, 2017

Should You Franchise Your Business?

There are actually two questions bundled in the above. Question one is whether the business model itself is formatted in such a way that franchising makes economic sense to the franchisor and the...
Read More

Upcoming Expos

Jan 24-26, 2019 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Card image cap

Franchise Expo South

Broward County Convention Center
May 30-Jun 1, 2019 New York, NY
Card image cap

International Franchise Expo

The Javits Center
Sep 13-14, 2019 Rosemont, IL
Card image cap

Franchise Expo Midwest

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center