Lee Plave, Esq. is a co-founding partner of Plave Koch PLC, an entrepreneurial law firm in Reston, Virginia. He counsels franchisors and distributors, drafts and negotiates agreements for international and domestic transactions, and advises clients on all aspects of franchise and distribution law.
Lee also works with clients on private equity transactions, the application of emerging technologies to franchise and distribution systems (including data use and security policies, social media and networking issues, e-commerce, cybersquatting and domain name disputes, consumer complaint and cybersmear sites) and software and hardware licensing. He also represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission, where he began his career.
Lee is serves on the Board of Trustees of Clark University (thru 2022). He previously served as the Director of the International Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising (2012 to 2014), and currently serves as an officer of the International Bar Association Committee on International Franchising.
London-based Who’s Who Legal recognized Lee as the global Franchise Lawyer of the Year in 2018 and 2019, as ranked by his peers. London-based Chambers & Partners, which publishes an internationally-respected client guide, ranks Lee as one of the leading franchise lawyers in the United States and the world. The International Franchise Association Educational Foundation recognized Lee as a “Certified Franchise Executive.”
Christa LaBrosse is a partner with Plante Moran’s professional standards team. As a member of the professional standards team, Christa’s highest priority is the delivery of quality audit, review, and other accounting and financial reporting-related services.
Christa oversees the firm’s implementation efforts of new accounting pronouncements. Most of her recent attention has been focused on the upcoming revenue recognition standard as a leader of the firm’s Revenue Recognition Task Force.
Christa assists staff, partners, and clients primarily in the franchise, business and professional services, and consumer goods and services industries in addressing challenging accounting and auditing issues. Christa’s areas of expertise include revenue recognition, stock options and equity, and SOC examinations.
Christa is a member of the AICPA and received her B.S. in accounting from Wayne State University.