DALE E. CANTONE
Dale Cantone currently is a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. From 1999 to 2021, Dale was Deputy Securities Commissioner for Maryland and the chief of the Franchise and Business Opportunity Unit of the Securities Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. In addition, from 1997 to 2021, Dale served as Chair of the Franchise and Business Opportunity Committee/Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. ("NASAA").
Dale has spoken at programs sponsored by the International Franchise Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Society of Franchising, the American Franchisee Association, the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, the Direct Sellers Association, the United States Department of Commerce, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the University of Maryland Law School, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, the International Franchise Expo, and the Coalition of Franchisee Associations. Dale also has spoken about U.S. franchising issues to foreign delegations from Australia, Russia, Japan, China, and Romania.
In 2022, Dale received from the ABA Forum on Franchising the Lewis G. Rudnick Award, one of the highest honors a franchise attorney can receive, recognizing significant contributions and leadership qualities in the field of franchise law. In 2021, Dale was recognized with the Robert Purvin Legacy Award by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers. In 2002, Dale testified about state franchise issues before the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives. In 2001, NASAA presented Dale with its Outstanding Service Award for his work in franchising at the state level.