Franchise and Distribution

Our attorneys advise new and established franchising companies (public and private) on the preparation of their franchise disclosure documents and state registrations, as well as a host of other legal issues affecting the development, preservation and growth of their franchise and distribution businesses.

The group combines attorneys experienced in franchise and distribution law with attorneys specifically experienced in the areas of corporate and tax law, trademark and copyright, antitrust law, litigation, employment law, and commercial real estate and finance.

Our group's litigation attorneys mediate, arbitrate and litigate franchise and distribution disputes and related claims in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Those efforts have included the successful defense of RICO, fraud, antitrust, contract and class certification claims, and the successful enforcement of non-compete covenants on behalf of franchisors.

We have experience working with franchisors and franchisees in a variety of industries, including nationally-known retailers, automotive companies, fast food and fast casual chains, and hotel/hospitality companies, handling everything from the preparation of franchise and distribution documents to structuring client-specific franchise, distributorship, joint venture, licensing, franchising finance programs and other arrangements.

Additionally, we guide clients through the legal issues arising from market expansion and market contraction, as well as the structuring and implementation of system-wide initiatives involving purchasing, marketing, risk management, brand re-imaging, and franchisee inclusion and relationship issues. Utilizing our understanding of the marketplace, our team also provides general business counseling to prospective franchisors and franchisees on feasibility and financing strategies.

Our broad range of experience enables us to help clients effectively manage the impact of the franchise and distribution laws in a strategic and efficient manner to establish a foundation for the development and long-term success of their business.