Attorney Profile

O. Terry ShaverO. Terry Shaver

     Mr. Shaver is the principal attorney and sole membership interest holder in Law Office of O. Terry Shaver, LLC. He focuses his practice in providing legal services in the areas of franchise law and corporate law. He provides services for small to medium sized businesses in connection with a wide range of business transactions.

     Mr. Shaver graduated from the University of Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors and also received his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and finance. He later attended DePaul University-College of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree (top 15%) and was admitted to the bar in 1996. During law school, he was a member of the Business Law Journal and served as an extern with the Federal Trade Commission.

     Mr. Shaver has broad business and legal experience with a keen understanding of the multifaceted relationship that exists between a franchisor and its franchisees. He is noted for his commitment to client service and his ability to assist clients with their complex and demanding legal and business challenges.

     While pursuing his education at the University of Tennessee, he worked at a local automobile dealership where he developed not only an appreciation for the legal nature of business transactions but also an insight into the franchisor-franchisee relationship. After graduation, he accepted a position and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility with Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division where his primary duties centered around working with the franchised dealers on various business and franchise related matters.

     After graduation from law school, Mr. Shaver was Associate Counsel and later became General Counsel for a nationwide franchise consulting firm located in the Chicago suburbs. In addition to managing the legal department, his duties included: developing the legal framework for start-up and developing franchisors as part of an overall strategic plan; crafting franchise documentation including franchise agreements, offering circulars, multi-unit development agreements, master franchise agreements, area representative agreements and related agreements for a wide array of franchisors in various industries; prosecuting state franchise registrations, notice and exemption filings; and advising franchisors on ongoing day-to-day compliance issues.

     Mr. Shaver also served as Co-chair of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group at Swartz Cooper Chartered (now Dykema Gossett), a 60 attorney law firm located in Chicago, Illinois. In addition and just prior to starting Law Office of O. Terry Shaver, LLC, he was a partner in the law firm of Marcus, Perres & Boxerman, LLP also located in Chicago, Illinois.

     Mr. Shaver is a member of the American Bar Association and its Forum on Franchising, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.