Mr. Robert E. Vinson, Jr.

Mr. Robert E. Vinson, Jr.: Attorney with Vinson Franchise Law Firm AV stamp icon
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Legal Career

1987 - 2001, Strasburger & Price LLP, (now known as Clark Hill Strasburger)

Rob began his legal career in 1987 at this downtown Dallas law firm, where he worked in several different departments, and became a partner in the Franchise and Distribution Law Section.

2001 - present, Vinson Franchise Law Firm

In 2001, he left his former firm to start Vinson Franchise Law Firm -- first in Los Gatos (Silicon Valley), California, and then in Incline Village (Lake Tahoe), Nevada. Since 2001, the firm has served as outside general counsel for many of its clients.

Fran Man

In 2005, Rob and his brother, Kit Vinson, formed Franchise Manuals LLC (now known as FranMan, Inc.), which prepares franchise operations manuals. FranMan Inc. also offers a unique, proprietary platform for the online hosting of manuals, which provides many useful tools and metrics to allow franchisors to easily administer their manuals. For more information about franchise manuals, see


At his initial law firm, Rob gained valuable training and experience in diverse areas of law, including franchise and distribution transactions, regulatory compliance, international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and maintenance, trademark registration and maintenance, intellectual property licensing, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation.Rob's more than 30 years' experience as an attorney for entrepreneurs (and his own experience as an entrepreneur) has provided further background and experience that enables Rob to provide practical, effective and efficient solutions for his clients.


Rob is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising. He has written articles and presented papers for the ABA Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, the Direct Selling Association and the Dallas Bar Association.

Peer Recognition

Rob is rated by his peers as "AV Preeminent" in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the leading directory of U.S. lawyers and law firms. This rating, based on confidential evaluations by unaffiliated lawyers, reflects the highest possible recognition for ethical standards and legal ability -- a significant achievement attained by only a small percentage of lawyers.

He was rated by other lawyers as having "Very High General Ethical Standards" which signify adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

He was also awarded a score of 5 out of 5 for Legal Ability, based on performance in 5 key areas:

• Legal Knowledge

• Analytical Capabilities

• Judgment

• Communication Ability

• Legal Experience

Areas of Practice (40)

  • Franchises and Franchising
  • Business Law
  • Franchise Distribution
  • Franchise Law
  • Franchise Licensing
  • Franchise Regulation
  • Franchise Termination
  • International Franchising
  • Business Associations Law
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Business Formation
  • Business Organization
  • Business Planning
  • Business Regulation
  • Business Start-Ups
  • Business Transactions
  • Business Transfers
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Closely Held Business Law
  • Entrepreneurial Business Law
  • Family Business Law
  • International Business Law
  • Joint Ventures
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Private Business Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Area Development
  • Domestic Franchising
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Franchise Disclosure Documents – FDD
  • Franchise System Expansion
  • Licensing and Distributorships
  • Master Franchising
  • Unit Franchising
  • Starting a Franchise
  • Advanced Franchising
  • Alternatives to Franchising
  • USA Franchisors Going International

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
775-298-1026  Phone
775-832-5577  Phone
866-270-7145  Fax
University Attended:
Texas Tech University, B.S., Petroleum Engineering, top 10% of class, 1983
Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., top 15% of class, 1987
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2004, Nevada; 1987, Texas; 2001, California
State Bar of California; State Bar of Texas; American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section, Forum on Franchising); Owner, Vinson Franchise Law Firm, 2001 to present; Co-owner, Franchise Manuals, LLC, 2005 to present; Former Partner, Franchise & Distribution Law Group at Strasburger & Price LLP, Dallas, Texas.
Birth Information:
February 17, 1961

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • High ethical standing icon
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

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