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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Franchise Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Information Technology Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Franchise Law
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Calvin E. Davis was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Calvin E. Davis

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Franchise Law Antitrust Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Franchise Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Advertising Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Real Estate Franchise Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
Thomas M. "Tom" Pitegoff  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Thomas M. "Tom" Pitegoff

Offit Kurman, Attorneys At Law
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Franchise Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Compliance Law Banking and Finance Law Equipment Finance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Durham, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
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Craig R. Tractenberg was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Craig R. Tractenberg

Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Franchise Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Project Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Real Estate Law Corporate Compliance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law

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Practice Area Definition

Franchise Law Definition

Franchise law is a complex combination of common law, statutory law, and regulatory law. The wide breadth of issues that arise in franchising has led to the emergence of franchise law as a distinct specialty, but it also draws from numerous practice areas including contracts, securities, trademarks and copyright, advertising, fraud and misrepresentation, antitrust, employment, and dispute resolution. Franchise attorneys generally are divided between regulatory compliance and counseling on the one hand, and dispute resolution on the other.

Regulatory Compliance and Counseling

Federal Presale Disclosure. Franchising is a heavily regulated industry. At the federal level, the FTC Franchise Rule requires franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with a detailed prospectus (Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”)) that contains information about the franchisor, the franchise system, the franchisor’s financial statements, and required agreements. Franchisors cannot make “financial performance representations” about the success of their franchisees unless the franchisor has substantiation and the information is included in the FDD. FDDs must be updated annually or more often if there are material changes to the FDD disclosures.

State Franchise Laws. Fifteen states have enacted laws that regulate pre-sale disclosure and registration. Some of the laws have disclosure requirements that vary from the FTC Franchise Rule, so the FDD may contain state-specific addenda or multiple FDDs may be necessary. These states require FDDs to become registered with a state agency before the franchisor is permitted to offer or sell franchises in the state. In addition, many states have passed laws that are designed to protect franchisees from what is perceived to be their inferior bargaining position compared to franchisors. These laws restrict the right of franchisors to terminate franchise agreements, disapprove transfers of franchises, discriminate between franchisees, require disputes to be resolved out of state, and similar limitations.

Counseling. Franchise attorneys must know the businesses and industries of their clients. They should be able to assist franchisors with franchise sales law compliance, negotiation of franchise agreements and supply arrangements, franchise agreement enforcement, system changes, franchisee renewals, franchisee terminations, franchisee transfers, pricing issues, and international franchising.

Dispute Resolution

Franchise agreements are typically long-term relationships. It is not unusual for franchisors and franchisees to have disputes that result in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. These disputes often stem from franchisees who are unprofitable or less profitable than expected, or franchisees may disagree with decisions made by the franchisor. Disputes also may result when a franchisor is unhappy with the way in which a franchisee is operating the franchise or when a franchisee refuses to pay royalties. Franchise disputes frequently involve allegations such as:

  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Breach of contract
  • Overcharging for supplies
  • Termination or non-renewal disputes
  • Violation of brand standards
  • Franchisee discrimination
  • Territory or encroachment issues
  • Transfer issues
  • Pricing and antitrust issues
  • Vicarious liability issues
  • Post-termination noncompetition covenants

Franchise law is a complex combination of common law, statutory law, and regulatory law. The wide breadth of issues that arise in franchising has led to the emergence of franchise law as a distinct specialty, but it also draws from numerous practice areas including contracts, securities, trademarks and copyright, advertising, fraud and misrepresentation, antitrust, employment, and dispute resolution. Franchise attorneys generally are divided between regulatory compliance and counseling on the one hand, and dispute resolution on the other.

Regulatory Compliance and Counseling

Federal Presale Disclosure. Franchising is a heavily regulated industry. At the federal level, the FTC Franchise Rule requires franchisors to provide prospective franchisees with a detailed prospectus (Franchise Disclosure Document (“FDD”)) that contains information about the franchisor, the franchise system, the franchisor’s financial statements, and required agreements. Franchisors cannot make “financial performance representations” about the success of their franchisees unless the franchisor has substantiation and the information is included in the FDD. FDDs must be updated annually or more often if there are material changes to the FDD disclosures.

State Franchise Laws. Fifteen states have enacted laws that regulate pre-sale disclosure and registration. Some of the laws have disclosure requirements that vary from the FTC Franchise Rule, so the FDD may contain state-specific addenda or multiple FDDs may be necessary. These states require FDDs to become registered with a state agency before the franchisor is permitted to offer or sell franchises in the state. In addition, many states have passed laws that are designed to protect franchisees from what is perceived to be their inferior bargaining position compared to franchisors. These laws restrict the right of franchisors to terminate franchise agreements, disapprove transfers of franchises, discriminate between franchisees, require disputes to be resolved out of state, and similar limitations.

Counseling. Franchise attorneys must know the businesses and industries of their clients. They should be able to assist franchisors with franchise sales law compliance, negotiation of franchise agreements and supply arrangements, franchise agreement enforcement, system changes, franchisee renewals, franchisee terminations, franchisee transfers, pricing issues, and international franchising.

Dispute Resolution

Franchise agreements are typically long-term relationships. It is not unusual for franchisors and franchisees to have disputes that result in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. These disputes often stem from franchisees who are unprofitable or less profitable than expected, or franchisees may disagree with decisions made by the franchisor. Disputes also may result when a franchisor is unhappy with the way in which a franchisee is operating the franchise or when a franchisee refuses to pay royalties. Franchise disputes frequently involve allegations such as:

  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Breach of contract
  • Overcharging for supplies
  • Termination or non-renewal disputes
  • Violation of brand standards
  • Franchisee discrimination
  • Territory or encroachment issues
  • Transfer issues
  • Pricing and antitrust issues
  • Vicarious liability issues
  • Post-termination noncompetition covenants