Our Franchise & Distribution Practice Group focuses on the design, implementation, financing and maintenance of franchise and distribution systems. We represent domestic and international business clients in all stages of franchise development and maintenance. We also assist clients in the formation and operation of buying and marketing groups. We also provide support in related practice areas, such as Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Real Estate, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax and Antitrust.
We provide proactive counseling to franchise and distribution clients. Our services are primarily designed to address the needs of sophisticated franchisors and manufacturers with established distribution systems. We advise our clients on the structure, implementation and maintenance of their national and international franchise and distribution systems. We design policies and procedures to allow franchisors and suppliers to maintain system compliance and positive relationships with their franchisees and distributors. We also assist franchisors and suppliers with solutions to relationship issues with their franchisees, developers, distributors and dealers.
Transactional Franchise & Distribution Law
We prepare all contracts governing the various relationships in franchise and distribution systems. We prepare Franchise Disclosure Documents and assist our clients in federal and state regulatory compliance. We advise clients regarding all relationship issues in franchise and distribution systems.
We frequently assist businesses in finding alternatives to franchising and consider various exemptions and exclusions available under federal and state franchise laws. We also provide assistance in disclosure and regulatory compliance issues of state business opportunity laws that may apply to distribution systems.
Our group assists prospective franchisees with their due diligence consideration of franchise opportunities, including review of a franchisor’s Franchise Disclosure Document and investigation of numerous legal and business aspects of the franchisor, such as corporate status, registration status in various states, ownership of intellectual property and circumstances surrounding termination of other franchisees. We also have extensive experience in negotiating franchise, dealership and distribution agreements.
As part of our distribution practice we have extensive experience in representing national buying and marketing groups, who combine their resources to better compete with much larger chains in their industry. Specifically, buying groups are able to acquire products for better prices and terms, and marketing groups provide tools to increase sales of their members, in each case providing better results than the members could achieve on their own. For more information on our buying and marketing group practice, please visit www.BuyingGroups.com.
Franchise & Distribution Litigation
We represent both franchisors and franchisees in various types of litigation including matters involving the franchisor/franchisee and supplier/distributor relationships, regulatory compliance, application of specific industry statutes and intellectual property. We frequently represent clients who are involved in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
The scope of our franchising and distribution services includes:
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Outstanding lawyer and trusted advisor. David is one of the best litigators in the nation. Read more
Outstanding lawyer and trusted advisor. David is one of the best litigators in the nation.
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He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client. Read more
He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client.
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Dan was extremely knowledgeable in preparing a Reg D offering. Additionally he was very responsive and sensitive to the timing of preparing the offer... Read more
Dan was extremely knowledgeable in preparing a Reg D offering. Additionally he was very responsive and sensitive to the timing of preparing the offering.
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His listening skills need improvement. I had to repeat things several times and he would ask me the same questions over again. He is more of a talker... Read more
His listening skills need improvement. I had to repeat things several times and he would ask me the same questions over again. He is more of a talker which is not a bad thing....just not when it comes to listening to what your clients wants and needs are.
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Smart lawyers, valuable research, practical strategic advice, resonable fees, responsive service. A complete solution to a litigation issue. Read more
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