Attorney Profile:

Barry Kurtz

Barry Kurtz: Attorney with Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan A Law Corporation


Note and Comment Editor, Southwestern University Law Review, 1972-1973. Lecturer: American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Franchise, Fundamentals of Franchising Program, 1987-1988; University of California at Los Angeles Business and Management Extension Education, Fast Food and Restaurant Management, 1988-1989. Author: "Appraisal of Franchises Requires the Use of Unique Valuation Procedures," American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Fall 2006; "Digging Into Franchises - The Due Diligence Minefield," American Bar Association Business Law Today, March/April 2007. Certified Specialist, Franchise & Distribution Law The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Legal Leaders: Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers.

Certified Specialist Franchise and Distribution Law, as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Certification

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Franchise Law
  • Franchise Licensing
  • Franchise Regulation
  • Franchise Termination
  • International Franchising
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Business & Commercial

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
818.907.3006  Phone
818.981.4764  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
Southwestern Law School, J.D., 1973
Year of First admission:
1973, California and U.S. District, Central District of California; 1974, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, American (Member: Section on Antitrust Law; Forum Committee on Franchising, 1982—) Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Member: Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Franchise Law Committee, Business Law Section, 1983-1986, 1998-2001); International Franchise Association (Member, Legal/Legislative Committee, 1990-1998).
Special Agencies:
Appointed to State Bar of California Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission, 2014-2017
Certified Legal Specialist in Franchise & Distribution Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization with 28 years of experience representing franchisors, franchisees and independent owners of restaurants, retail and service businesses; served as outside franchise counsel, chief operating officer, vice president of national and international franchise expansion and general counsel of a national retail franchisor; participated in the development and administration of quick service restaurants as a co-franchisee in a regional food service chain and served as a founder, officer and director of the franchise system's franchise advisory council and independent franchisee association. Extensive experience in: • regulation and development of franchising companies • franchisor/franchisee relations • franchisor/franchisee disputes • purchases, sales, financing and operations Specialties Preparation and nation-wide registration of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD); serving as franchise due diligence counsel for sellers and buyers in acquisitions of franchise companies; serving as outside franchise general counsel for franchisors with responsibility for preparation of franchise agreements, transfer documents, purchase and sale agreements and other franchise-related documents; counseling on franchisor-franchisee relationship matters.

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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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