Flynn Restaurant Group, the largest restaurant franchisee in the U.S., announced the internal promotion of Jacqueline (Jaci) Lee to General Counsel. In this role, Lee will oversee a wide range of legal matters for over 1,200 restaurants nationwide. An accomplished trial lawyer that spent more than a decade litigating bet-the-company cases, Lee’s experience will aid in the future growth of the company and its expanding portfolio.
“We are thrilled to have Jaci step into the role of General Counsel,” says Greg Flynn, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Flynn Restaurant Group. “Throughout her career and her time with Flynn Restaurant Group, Jaci has consistently demonstrated an exceptional understanding and passion for the law, and we are confident that she will continue to bring valuable knowledge and experience to our company in this
Prior to joining Flynn Restaurant Group as Associate General Counsel in 2018, Lee was a Partner at the global law firm of Jones Day in its Silicon Valley office, where she successfully represented clients in high-stakes intellectual property and commercial litigation and provided counsel on a variety of complex business disputes and strategic issues. Lee’s contributions to the legal field have been recognized by a number of legal publications, including The Legal 500 United States and Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2015, she was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 “Women of Influence” list. Lee holds a juris doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Founded by Chairman and CEO Greg Flynn in 1999, Flynn Restaurant Group LP is the largest franchise operator, and one of the top 20 largest foodservice companies of any kind, in the United States. Flynn Restaurant Group owns and operates 460 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants, 368 Arby’s restaurants, 280 Taco Bell and related Yum! Brand restaurants, and 135 Panera Bread bakery-cafes across 33 states, generating $2.3 billion in sales and employing approximately 50,000 people.