Professor David Koch, '84, cofounded Plave Koch PLC in 2007 after many years of large law-firm partnership. His practice focuses on franchising, licensing, and supply chain issues, including structuring franchise programs and license arrangements, corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, antitrust counseling, advertising and marketing, international expansion, and privacy issues.
Koch has 23 years of franchising experience with clients in foodservice, hotels, educational services, staffing, car rental, automotive aftermarket, insurance, homeowner services, retail, and other industries. Before entering private law practice, Koch served as an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Daniel Oliver, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He began his career as a staff attorney in the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. He also served as counsel to the minority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Koch has served as associate editor and editor-in-chief of The Franchise Lawyer, the newsletter of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Forum on Franchising. He is a member of the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law and the International Bar Association's International Franchising Committee. Koch has spoken at numerous franchise legal and business conferences, including programs in India, Poland, Romania, England, and Canada. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 published articles and conference papers.
Koch graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate degree in economics with high honors from the University of Iowa. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.