While primarily representing franchisors or manufacturers, our firm also has significant experience representing distributors and franchisees. Our experience covers industries that use franchising as a method of distribution, including restaurant and food distribution, hotel and lodging, alcohol distribution, and the service franchise industry. We counsel clients and draft agreements with a focus on guarding against litigation.
We advise clients on issues related to determination of franchise relationships under various jurisdictional and regulatory frameworks, registration of franchises and business opportunities under requisite disclosure laws, preparation and negotiation of franchise and distributorship agreements, and pricing and sales practices. We provide advice to mature franchise systems and counsel “new” franchisors and manufacturers on key organizational details such as establishing a franchise system. In addition, we counsel franchisees in investigating franchise opportunities, interpreting disclosure documents, and entering into and terminating franchise relationships.