R BRYCE SHIRLEY has practiced law for more than 35 years. Mr. Shirley worked at the Irvine headquarters of Taco Bell Corp. for 18 years, the last 12 of which he served as Managing Counsel, Real Estate, for PepsiCo, Inc., and its spin-off, Yum! Brands, Inc. During this time, he established a real estate legal team servicing all brands throughout the United States and Canada, including Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, California Pizza Kitchen, Chevys and Frito-Lay. In connection therewith, Mr. Shirley invented, developed and implemented a proprietary Contract Authoring System (Patent No. 5,692,203), substantially increasing the productivity of related business functions. Moreover, Mr. Shirley led the expansion of real estate legal services to support Taco Bell’s refranchising program, which sold nearly 2,000 restaurants to Taco Bell franchisees over a five year period, comprising more than 320 transactions and generating in excess of $1.5 billion. Mr. Shirley was part of Yum! Brands’ compliance committee, representing Taco Bell Corp., Yum! Brands Development and ADA Compliance.
After leaving Yum! Brand in 2006, Mr. Shirley began his own real estate practice focusing on restaurant and bank retail facility leasing and acquisitions.
Mr. Shirley receiving his JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University in 1977 and began his legal career with McKenna & Fitting in Los Angeles, working on real estate and real estate securities issues. Mr. Shirley is a member of the California and Orange County Bar Associations and was Chair (2004) of the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE).