Practice Areas

In working with our clients, our office provides a variety of legal services in the following areas of practice:

Start-up Franchisors

We have assisted over 200 start-up franchisors with their initial franchise offering ranging from basic to complex depending on the individual client's objectives. In assisting start-up franchisors, we guide them through the entire legal documentation process all the while mindful of the business issues inherent in establishing a successful franchise system. We are accustomed to working with various franchise consulting firms throughout the United States. As an example of the services we provide, we have drafted and developed the following legal documentation for franchisors:Start-up Franchisors

  • Franchise Disclosure Documents ("FDD's")
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Area Development Agreements
  • Area Representative Agreements
  • Master/Subfranchise Agreements



Existing Franchisors

In addition to start-ups, we are also happy to assist you if you have an existing franchise system, no matter how large or small. We have filed or overseen hundreds if not thousands of franchise registrations and renewals. We can assist existing franchisors in a number of ways including the following:Existing Franchisors

  • State Registrations, Renewals and Filings
  • Updates to FDD and Franchise Agreement
  • Critique of Existing Franchise Documentation
  • Franchisee Renewals and Terminations
  • Ongoing Day-to-Day Compliance Matters



Franchisees

As a franchisee it is important that you seek the services of an attorney who understands the unique nature of a franchise relationship. We provide a wide array of transactional services for franchisees including the following:Franchisees

  • FDD and Franchise Agreement Review and Counsel
  • Entity Formation
  • Lease Review and Negotiation
  • State Law Compliance Matters
  • Sale and Transfer of Franchise
  • Dispute Resolution



Other Business and Corporate Matters

In addition to our franchisor and franchisee clients, we advise clients on a wide range of transactional matters. The representation of our business clients encompasses:Other Business

  • Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Business Opportunity Establishment and Compliance
  • Commercial Lease Review and Negotiation
  • Dealership and Distributorship Agreements
  • Entity Selection and Formation
  • Entity Dissolution
  • Employment Agreements
  • Sale and Purchase of Business
  • General Day to Day Contract and Compliance Matters
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