Mark B. (“Chipp”) Sandground, Jr. is a recognized leader in the field of restaurant law, strategically working as an integral member of his client’s teams — whether diligently and creatively raising private funds or negotiating leases and all aspects of setting up a business entity in order to make his client’s goals a successful reality.
Chipp counsels a number of prominent clients in the restaurant industry who read as a list of “Who’s Who” in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, many of them James Beard nominated chefs, restaurant owners and mixologists who are regularly featured in The Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine. Chipp sets his practice apart by representing many well established icons in the restaurant industry as well as up and coming trend setters in the nation’s capital.
With decades of experience, Chipp is respected for the insider’s knowledge he brings to every aspect of his practice, particularly his sophisticated negotiation of commercial and retail leases. His high-profile practice provides chefs/proprietors as well as hospitality companies with advice on all aspects of their businesses including entity formation and governance issues, equity/debt financing, book publishing/name licensing, trademark, employment agreements and related real estate matter.
Chipp also has a thorough understanding of development issues including negotiating joint venture transactions, entitlement procedures, tax-free exchanges, and sales and leasing agreements for retail and commercial real estate matters.
Chipp has held a variety of legal and business positions including working as an Assistant Counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as well as development positions at the Trammell Crow Company and for Euro Disney in Paris, France.