Mr Zeidman is a former president of the International Bar Association (IBA) Foundation, an Honorary Life Member of the IBA and its Council, and has served in a number of other IBA positions. He is on the board of New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate established to provide pro bono legal support for projects of global concern. He is a Founding Member of Appleseed, established more than 20 years ago to create state and local Centres to effect systemic change and reform; 17 such Centres have now been established in the US and Mexico. Mr Zeidman now serves as its General Counsel.
Mr Zeidman devotes his practice to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law. He was the first Chairman of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee. In 2013, Who’s Who Legal named Mr Zeidman the Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards for the ninth consecutive year.
Mr Zeidman graduated with honours from Yale College, where he was named Scholar of the First Rank. He received his law degree from Harvard University and also studied at the Harvard Business School. Mr Zeidman has also served as an advisor in several capacities at both Yale and Duke Universities, and as Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States.