For Franchisors:

  • Counseling and advising franchisors starting new franchise businesses
  • Creating new entities and/or partnerships amongst owners of the franchisor Preparing FDD (Franchise Disclosure Documents) and related exhibits, including Franchise Agreements, Area Development Agreements, and Sub-Franchisor/Franchisee relationships
  • Coordinating and ensuring regulatory compliance in registration states, as well as business opportunity states Registering intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, etc.)
  • Guidance on day to day legal and operational issues for new and mature franchised systems
  • Dispute resolution on fees, encroachments/territory, termination and other relationship issues between the franchisor and franchisee or third parties.

For Franchisees:

  • Reviewing franchise agreements
  • Counseling on business related matters
  • Sales/Transfers of franchisee businesses
  • Franchise renewals
  • Dispute resolution on matters with franchisors and/or third parties.

Internet Law

  • Representation of matters including domain name disputes, website content,
    privacy, e-commerce, and relating intellectual property issues to website operation

For Licensees:

  • Evaluate the licensing vs. franchising business format for a particular business concept
  • Draft or review licensing agreements
  • Advise on business matters affecting the licensing or distribution arrangement
  • Dispute resolution on matters between licensors/licensees and/or third parties