Kendal Tyre

Nixon Peabody LLP
Organization Type: Law Firm
Position/Title: Partner
Functional Area: Law Practice
Year of Induction: 2009

401 9th St., NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004

Business Phone: 202.585.8368

Kendal Tyre counsels franchise companies, manufacturing, retail and financial services companies on international business transactions. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing and franchise matters as well as corporate law matters.

Kendal’s client base spans the United States (including Florida, New York, and California) and foreign countries, including South Africa, Kenya and the United Kingdom. He has extensive business law and transactional experience, advising on angel and venture capital financings, entity formation and maintenance, corporate reorganizations, securities law compliance and business divorce.

In his franchise practice, Kendal counsels franchisor clients regarding state and federal franchise laws, drafts franchise disclosure documents, prepares and files state franchise registration and exemption applications. He has experience drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements, including international franchise and development agreements, license agreements, and purchase and sale agreements.

Kendal also serves as the national chair of the firm’s Diversity Action Committee.


Kendall supported diversity in the legal industry from almost every dimension imaginable.

He founded Rochester’s local Black Bar Association as well as the global LexNoir web-based network of black lawyers.

He was instrumental in Nixon Peabody receiving recognition as a best place to work by:
FORTUNE magazine (three times)
Minority Counsel Association’s Thomas L. Sager Award

Within Nixon Peabody he oversaw the launch of five firm-wide affinity groups (women; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender; African American; Asia Pacific; and Hispanic.

All the while maintaining a successful legal practice. For these and many other contributions we are proud to him to the College.
— 2009