Theodore P. Pearce

Theodore P. Pearce



  • Corporate and Securities
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
North Carolina, U.S.A.


Ted Pearce's practice is primarily focused on franchising. Prior to joining Bradley, he spent 30 years managing the legal affairs of large global franchise systems, including Meineke Car Care Centers Inc., MAACO Auto Painting, and Econo Lube & Tune. In his capacity as general counsel for these iconic brands, he handled a variety of litigation and transactional matters, including landmark litigation matters defining the legal relationship between the franchisor and franchisee, and the ability of a franchisor to recover future royalties upon a franchisee’s termination of their franchise agreement.

Ted has handled a variety of transactional matters for franchise systems, including preparation and registration of all franchise disclosure documents, a variety of franchise-related agreements, and managing the real estate portfolio for Meineke, MAACO, and Econo Lube. He has also participated in a variety of financial transactions involving the purchase and sale of franchise systems by both private equity groups and strategic purchasers.

Regarded for his practical application of franchise law, Ted focuses his efforts on transactional matters affecting both the franchisor and the franchisee. His practice includes working to bring new franchise concepts to market, while at the same time assisting franchisees in navigating the franchise relationship. He also works with private equity groups to assist them in due diligence efforts in evaluating proposed purchases of franchise systems.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1987
  • Texas, 1978
  • Wisconsin, 1985

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit


  • Syracuse University, J.D., 1977
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1973, with distinction
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Antitrust and Competition | Corporate and Securities | Food, Beverage and Hospitality | Franchise and Distribution | International and Cross Border | Litigation | Mergers and Acquisitions | Private Companies