The Firm has a well developed and experienced franchise practice group. This includes a transactional and compliance component, as well as a litigation and dispute resolution component. The practice group places particular emphasis on franchisor representation. It provides initial consultation on the advisability of franchising and other alternatives, assists in preparing initial franchise and disclosure documents, and provides ongoing support thereafter with respect to franchise registration renewals, dispute resolution, general contract matters, employment law, commercial law and other aspects as needed. The Firm’s transactional work includes preparation of offering circulars, franchise agreements, loan documents, nondisclosure documents, franchisee guarantees, risk disclosure statements and other documents. The Firm also assists franchisors with state registration and compliance. The practice group has represented a wide range of franchise and distributorship clients in such fields as air courier services, janitorial services, home repairs, sport facilities, restaurant services, real estate, health-related products, entertainment and other fields. The Firm has also represented many prospective franchisees in analyzing franchise offerings.
A number of attorneys in the practice group also have in-depth experience in franchise litigation and dispute resolution. This includes representation of franchisors in enforcing franchise agreements, noncompetition clauses, confidentiality agreements, supplier contracts, and in trademark infringement actions and other areas. The Firm has defended many franchisors against threatened and pending actions by franchisees, customers and others. The Firm has also represented franchise clients in Federal Trade Commission and state enforcement proceedings. The Firm also consults with and assists franchisees in litigation, dispute resolution and other matters.
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