Franchise & Licensing Practice Group:

Franchising Your Business:
If you have a proven business system that can be replicated, a large enough market, and a plan for growth, franchising your business may be a smart and viable option. But this is no simple task. There are many steps and factors to consider when preparing your business to franchise, creating the legal documentation to support the franchise, registering the franchise in the states you are operating in, and growing your franchise once it is created. To Learn More about how we can help you work through the process of deciding if franchising is right for you and then setting you up the right way to franchise properly, CLICK HERE

Buying a Franchise: Purchasing a franchise can be a great way to invest your money, navigate a new industry, and apply new challenges to your life. While buying a franchise can provide a tremendous opportunity, it only works well when the right individual is paired up with the right franchise system. Unfortunately, most people do not consult with an attorney or any professionals before buying a franchise, which is a huge mistake. The first step in this process is to review the Franchise Disclosure Document with the assistance of an advisor. We can help navigate you through the legal jargon and educate you on what you would be getting yourself into. To Learn More about how we can help you seize on the right franchise opportunity, CLICK HERE

Selling a Franchise: You may find that it is in your best interest to sell your franchise. We can help you with this process. We offer a variety of services to assist you throughout this process including, but not limited to, the following: Drafting asset purchase agreements, creating valuation strategies, negotiating with buyers and franchisers, negotiating transfer fees, non-competes, other restrictive covenants and working through all the legal complexities to exit your franchise system. To Learn More about how we can help you sell or exit your franchise system, CLICK HERE

Franchise Litigation: If you are having problems within your franchise system or with dealing with your franchisees or franchisor, we can help you resolve these matters. We have years of experience helping franchisees and franchisors with claims dealing with: Breach of contract, Discrimination, Misrepresentation & Fraud, Faulty Terminations, Lanham Act issues (Trademark matters), Violations of franchise laws and statutes, Federal Trade Commission violations, and all other claims dealing with issues that may arise within your franchise system. To Learn More about how we can help you work through these matters, CLICK HERE

Trademark Matters: Protecting your business name, logo and other intellectual property is a vital part of protecting your Brand. Our trademark lawyers work with companies and brands to help them federally register their Marks, Logos and other intellectual property that is of vital importance to the growth and longevity of building a brand. To Learn More about how we can help you protect your most valuable intellectual property, CLICK HERE

Licensing: Licensing is a "first cousin" to franchising. Many businesses are faced with the tough decision on whether to license or franchise their businesses. We advise businesses on this issue so they can be well-informed and make a good decision going forward on the path they wish to take to grow their business and brand. We assist licensors with licensing their ideas, goods, services, products and Marks to third parties by preparing agreements for those looking to use their licensed goods in the marketplace. Additionally, we help licensees in reviewing and negotiating license agreements. To Learn More about how we can help you work through your licensing issues, CLICK HERE

Drawing on the skill and experience of all the members of our firm, the attorneys listed below handle the majority of our franchising and licensing:

Josh Brown

Stephanie Maris

John B. Bishop