Donald A. Culp: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Donald A. Culp

Partner
Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone816.983.8115

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 5.0/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Corporate
  • Franchise & Distribution
  • Hospitality
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8115
Fax: 816.983.8080
http://www.huschblackwell.com/don-culp/
 
University University of Kansas, B.S., 1960
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1965 Student Bar Association, President
 
Admitted1965, Kansas; 1987, Missouri
 
Memberships 

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association Forum on Franchising

•International Franchise Association

•Kansas Bar Association

•The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

•Lawyers Association of Kansas City

•The Missouri Bar

 
Biography

A member of Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness team, Don is recognized as a leading franchise and distribution attorney in the industry. He represents large and start-up franchisors and manufacturers in product and services industries. He has assisted clients in structuring, implementing and maintaining franchise systems and distribution relationships. Don has practiced exclusively in franchising and distribution matters since 1979 and served as vice president and general counsel for two international franchisors for 10 years before returning to private practice. Today, Don assists clients in all areas of franchise and distribution law including the preparation of franchise disclosure documents, franchise and dealer contracts, regulatory compliance, operations compliance, terminations and renewals of franchise and dealer contracts, determining the application of federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws, litigation and mediation, and in providing practical solutions to business issues.

Don's work on behalf of industry clients has included:

•Represented more than 50 start-up franchisors in developing franchise documents.

Advised a Fortune 500 company in all aspects of franchising relationships, including defaults, terminations, renewals, transfers, enforcement of operational standards and noncompetition covenants.

Coordinated franchise regulatory compliance for all franchise clients including annual franchise disclosure document (FDD) update, annual franchise renewal registrations and franchise relationship statutory compliance.

Enforced the option to purchase assets of six nonrenewing franchised operations in separate litigation matters, preserving the goodwill and continuation of the six businesses as company-owned facilities.

Don also is a frequent speaker at franchise seminars across the country, and a member of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers In America, Franchise Law, 1995-2014

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Franchise/Dealership, 2007-2010

Civic Involvement

Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Ruling Elder, 1985-2003

•Shawnee Mission, Kan., Board of Education, President, 1976-1984

Experience

Represented more than 50 start-up franchisors in developing franchise documents, including the largest home companion care provider, national casual dining concepts, and a boxing fitness club and European spa concept.

•Advised a Fortune 500 company in all aspects of franchising relationships, including defaults, terminations, renewals, transfers, enforcement of operational standards and noncompetition covenants.

•Coordinated franchise regulatory compliance for all franchise clients including annual FDD update, annual franchise renewal registrations and franchise relationship statutory compliance.

•Enforced option to purchase assets of six nonrenewing franchised operations in separate litigation matters, preserving the goodwill and continuation of the six businesses as company-owned facilities.

Business Insights



Business Insights

9.19.13 Reaching New Heights With Your Franchise System
Seminar Denver, CO

5.16.13 Reaching New Heights with Your Franchise System
Seminar Kansas City, MO

1.15.13 Strategies and Insights for a Successful Franchise: Key Considerations in Using Third Parties to Sell Franchises
Webinar

5.17.12 Road Map for a Successful Franchise System
Seminar Kansas City, MO

2.22.12 Can Franchising Your Business Create the Success of Your Dreams? Blueprint for Success: Your Operations Manual
Webinar

11.30.11 Can Franchising Your Business Create the Success of Your Dreams? Requirements of Franchising - The Game Plan
Webinar

6.01.11 Legal Considerations for Franchising Your Business, Thinking Bigger Business Article

5.26.11 Can Franchising Your Business Create the Success Of Your Dreams?
Seminar Kansas City, MO

8.25.10 Franchise & Distribution Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO

5.19.10 Franchise & Distribution Seminar
Seminar Overland Park, KS

In The News

8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release

8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release

9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
News Release

10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
News Release

10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys
News Release

 
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Office Information

Donald A. Culp

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112




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