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In Memory of Dennis Wieczorek


“We have lost a giant and a gentleman,” wrote Ron Gardner, attorney at Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, about the death July 11 of prominent franchise attorney Dennis Wieczorek after he collapsed and fell while walking his dog.

Wieczorek, who was 62, was a respected attorney at DLA Piper in Chicago for 37 years, chair of the franchise and distribution practice, and best friend and beloved husband of Marla Weiner for 38 years, according to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Gardner described him as a “kind and thoughtful leader. His contributions to our area of practice are immeasurable and his clients had an unparalleled advocate.” He added this personal note: “For myself, I have lost a close friend and one of my true mentors.”

Ben Davis of Logan, Utah, posted that Wieczorek represented Harris Research Inc. for nearly his entire career. “Dennis was far more than just a brilliant counselor. He was simply a prince of a man,” Davis wrote.

“He was truly a giant of franchising. As a passionate advocate for our special business format and general counsel to the IFA, Dennis spent more time in front of courts and lawmakers working to protect and promote the way we do business than perhaps any other individual,” Davis added.

Services are Tuesday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois.


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