Larry M. Weinberg: Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Larry M. Weinberg

Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416 860 2987

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Practice Areas

  • Automotive
  • Copyright & Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Franchise
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • Private Equity
Law SchoolUniversity of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1987
Admitted1989, Ontario

Larry Weinberg* practises franchise law, with specific experience in all forms of franchising, licensing, trademarks, the distribution of goods and services and providing all necessary legal services to clients in the franchise industry. Larry also has significant experience advising corporate and franchise clients in the restaurant industry. He has organized and spoken at numerous seminars on licensing, distribution and franchising conducted by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, International Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Franchise Association. He is currently an adjunct professor at Western University's law school, where he teaches the only course in franchise law taught at a Canadian law school.

Larry is currently Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Franchise Law Section, having been a founding member of the Section's Executive. He organized and chaired the first four Ontario Bar Association annual franchise law conferences (1999- 2002).

Larry is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Bar Association Committee on Franchising, and the Canadian Franchise Association. Larry was the first Canadian lawyer to be appointed Director of the ABA Forum's International Division and to a leadership role on its Governing Committee (2006-2008). In 2009 he had the honour of being co-chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising's 32nd annual conference. Currently he serves on the Washington, D.C.-based International Franchise Association's Supplier Forum Advisory Board, and 2013-2014 Legal Symposium Task Force.

In 2002, Larry was overall co-editor and one of the authors of the Canadian Franchise Association's first - and still only - official book publication, entitled How To Franchise Your Business. In 2004, he co-edited the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising's book entitled Fundamentals of Franchising - Canada. In 2006, he co-authored and edited the chapter on Canada for the ABA Forum's book entitled International Franchise Sales Laws. Currently, he acts as Editor-in-Chief for the Federated Press quarterly journal Franchise and Distribution.

Larry and the firm's franchise practice are listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as being leaders in franchise law. He is also recognized as a top franchise lawyer by Best Lawyers and the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and holds a BV Distinguished™ ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Larry was profiled in Franchise Times as a "Legal Eagle", a designation given to the top 100 franchise lawyers in North America.

In 1999, the Canadian Franchise Association bestowed upon Larry its "Special Recognition Award". In 2002, the Canadian Franchise Association bestowed a further award upon Larry, namely its "Affiliate Recognition Award". Both awards are given once annually, "in recognition of outstanding support and contribution to the Canadian Franchise Association and the franchising community".

* denotes Professional Corporation


· Martindale-Hubbell, BV Distinguished™ rating

· 2013 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Franchise Law)

· Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2003-2013 (Franchising Law)

· The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006-2014 (Franchise Law)

· Who's Who Legal: Canada 2009-2013 (Franchise)

· Franchise Times, "Legal Eagles, Top 100 Franchise Lawyers in North America"


· American Bar Association

· Canadian Bar Association

· Canadian Franchise Association

· Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

· International Bar Association

· Ontario Bar Association

· 2013-2014 Member of the IFA Legal Symposium Task Force

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUE - October 2013

Ontario To Introduce Calorie Labelling On Restaurant Menus

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUE - April 23, 2013

Will British Columbia Enact Franchise Legislation? Make Your Voice Heard Now!

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUE - April 2013

It's That Time of Year: Does Your Canadian Franchise Disclosure Document Need Updating?

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Summary Judgment Decision Dismissing Tim Horton's Class Action Upheld on Appeal

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUE - October 2012

Manitoba's Franchises Act: In Force on October 1, 2012

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUE - July 2012

Larry Weinberg and Geoff Shaw Author Article An Overview of the Canadian Market for American Franchise Systems

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - May 2012

Roll Out the Changes to Win: Court Grants Summary Judgment to Tim Hortons in Proposed Class Action

Canadian Disclosure Laws Expand - Manitoba Franchise Law Becomes Effective on October 1, 2012

Roll Out the Changes to Win: Court Grants Summary Judgment to Tim Hortons in Proposed Class Action

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2012

Larry Weingberg Discusses Master Franchisees and Area Developers vs Single Unit Franchising in Franchise Canada

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Larry Weinberg Presents at ABA's 36th Annual Forum on Franchising

Larry Weinberg Speaks on Panel of Franchise Experts at the Seminar: How to Franchise Your Business

Larry Weinberg Moderates Panel: "It Does Not Have to be Franchisee vs Franchisor"

Larry Weinberg Presents Canadian Legal Update at 29th Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference

Larry Weinberg Discusses US Franchise Systems Entering Canada and Mexico

Larry Weinberg Moderating Panel on "Key Issues When Advising Master Franchisees and Area Developers"

Larry Weinberg Moderates Forum on Global Opportunities at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference

Three Cassels Brock Lawyers to Speak at the Ontario-New York Legal Summit March 29


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The British Columbia Law Institute Recommends Franchise Legislation in that Province
Frank Robinson,Derek Ronde,Geoffrey B. Shaw,Rebecca Valo,Larry M. Weinberg, April 16, 2014
After months of consultation with industry stakeholders, the British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) has issued its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (the “Report”), which makes a recommendation to the Government of the Province of British Columbia to enact...

Ontario Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Service Chains to Post Caloric Information
Derek Ronde,Larry M. Weinberg, March 6, 2014
If it becomes law, the Making Healthier Choices Act will impose new responsibilities on restaurant chains in the province of Ontario. On February 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced legislation which, if passed, would require food service chains with 20 or more premises in Ontario to...

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Larry M. Weinberg

40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3C2


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