Attorney Dave Koch


  • Partner


F 703-774-1201

3120 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 420
Falls Church, VA 22042

Practice Areas

  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Distribution & Supply Chain
  • International
  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Advertising & Trade Regulation


Dave co-founded Plave Koch PLC in 2007 after many years of large-firm partnership. His practice focuses on franchising, licensing, and supply chain transactions. Projects include structuring franchise programs and license arrangements, private equity investments in franchising, corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, antitrust counseling, advertising and marketing, and international expansion.

He has worked with clients in foodservice, hotels, educational services, staffing, car rental, automotive, insurance, homeowner services, retail, and other industries. Before entering private practice, Dave served as an Attorney-Advisor to the Hon. Daniel Oliver, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

Dave is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, his alma mater, and at NYU Law School. Each law school operates an International Transactions Clinic where Dave works with students and clients on microfranchising and branded network projects.


  • The University of Michigan Law School,
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Iowa
    • (B.S. in Economics with high honors)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007), Associate Editor (2002-2004), The Franchise Lawyer
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
  • International Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Who’s Who Legal – Franchise 2019
  • Best Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Franchise Times – “Legal Eagles” Hall of Fame
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • Smart CEO – Legal Elite
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