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01/23/12 9:14 AM EST

Hooters of America, LLC Names Claudia Levitas as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel


Hooters of America, LLC has announced that Claudia Levitas has joined the company as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, to oversee all legal matters for the company including litigation management and franchise law compliance. The Hooters system is comprised of 430 corporate and franchised units, which operate in 44 states in the United States and in 27 foreign countries.

Before joining Hooters, Ms. Levitas spent 16 years with Huddle House, Inc., an Atlanta-based diner concept with over 400 locations where she held the titles of both General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to specializing in the restaurant industry, Levitas worked for five years in a private-practice law firm in Washington, D.C. after graduating with a law degree from George Washington University.

"We are thrilled to have Claudia as part of our team and feel her extensive expertise in the restaurant industry, particularly in the areas of employment and franchise law, will be beneficial as we continue to grow the Hooters brand," stated Terry Marks , CEO Hooters of America, LLC.

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