David Beyer concentrates his practice in organizing and structuring franchise and other distribution programs; negotiating and preparing complex franchise, subfranchise, and distribution agreements; representing franchisors and subfranchisors in compliance with franchise disclosure and registration laws; evaluating and negotiating supply relationships; counseling on the impact of antitrust and trade regulation laws; international franchising and distribution matters; preventing and resolving franchise disputes; assisting in franchise and dealership terminations; mergers and acquisitions; structuring dealership and licensing programs; capital raising; and other related corporate and business matters.
His practice also involves counseling on other sales and distribution methods, such as licensing, multi-level distribution, direct selling, sales representatives, dealerships and business opportunities, with a special emphasis on avoiding burdensome franchise sales laws. Recently, he has actively represented franchisors on technology-related issues, including web site development, e-commerce, cybersquatting and channel conflict.
Mr. Beyer is a leader in the development of franchise law in Florida. He has served multiple terms as chairman of the Franchise Law Committee of the Florida Bar. In that role, he has led successful efforts both to improve franchise laws in Florida and defeat destructive proposed legislation.
Mr. Beyer speaks and writes on various franchise, distribution and business law topics. He has frequently addressed the International Franchise Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, other bar associations and a variety of industry groups and university-sponsored programs. He has served as a panelist for IFA Legal Roundtables, the IFA Annual Legal Symposium and the American Bar Association's Annual Franchise Forum.
A frequent author, his articles have appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the ABA Franchise Law Journal, the Florida Bar Journal, the IFA Franchise Legal Digest, Franchising World, the Florida Bar Quarterly Report, DLA Piper's FranCast and Dispute Resolution Times. Mr. Beyer is a co-author of the book Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2008 and was honored to present the highlights at the Annual Franchise Forum in Austin in October 2008. He has also coauthored chapters on franchise law topics in The Franchise Desk Book, an ABA publication. Mr. Beyer is also a contributing author to Franchise Law and Practice, a Florida Bar publication. He currently serves as associate editor for the Franchise Law Journal, an American Bar Association publication.
Mr. Beyer is named in The Best Lawyers in America®. Selection to that guide is based on a peer-review survey in which 16,000 leading attorneys throughout the United States participate. He is one of only 174 lawyers worldwide selected in An International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers. Mr. Beyer is rated "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating attainable. He has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, an honor only 5 percent of attorneys in Florida receive, based on peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review process and the magazine's independent research on candidates. He has been repeatedly selected by Franchise Times as a Legal Eagle in the franchising community, one of only 101 lawyers in the USA and Canada.