The attorneys of our Franchise Law Practice Group advise clients on all aspects of franchise law. This includes the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission as they relate to disclosure requirements from franchisors to prospective franchisees, and the preparation and evaluation of franchise disclosure documents, agreements and operating systems. We also assist clients in obtaining getting franchise approvals in different states, where laws governing franchisees vary widely, and in obtaining nationwide, tradename, trademark and servicemark, copyright and patent protection where appropriate
The firm works with clients as they examine franchising as a method for expanding their existing business as well as those looking to purchase franchise rights in existing systems.
We work with potential franchisees in evaluating the disclosure materials that describe the franchise opportunity, reviewing and negotiating the franchise agreement, forming the appropriate business entity for operating the franchised business and addressing the unique challenges that arise in establishing and operating a franchise. This includes assistance in the legal areas faced by all businesses such as real estate and leasing, employment and benefits, tax, and contract negotiation.
The firm can help prospective and existing franchisors and franchisees on the various issues and problems that invariably arise after franchise agreements are signed and the franchisor-franchisee relationship develops. Our assistance in this area includes counseling as it relates to the rights and duties of the parties under the franchise agreement, working out disputes, and litigating when necessary.