Matters

Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Practice Matters

  • Represented a large and established international bakery and sandwich chain in its expansion into franchising in the United States.
  • Represented a publicly traded BBQ wing restaurant service franchisor in the rapid expansion and restructuring of its franchise programs and drafting of franchise-related documents.
  • Represented a national childcare franchise system in various matters including technology and privacy-related issues.
  • Represented a startup home organizational and de-cluttering franchisor in the structuring of its franchise programs and drafting of franchise-related documents.
  • Represent a southern BBQ-themed restaurant service franchisor with more than two dozen locations across the United States in its conversion from a licensing to franchising structure.
  • Represented a well-respected caterer in the structuring of a licensing program for online party and event planning using a fractional franchise structure.
  • Represented a licensor of cupcake stores in its business arrangements with bakery licensees located in three major cities.
  • Represented a provider of youth amateur sports leagues and camps in the organization of its franchise system and preparation of its franchise disclosure documents and agreements.
  • Represented a holding company of food service franchises in the sale of 12 of its store locations.
  • Represented an established car appraisal service company in the 50-state launch of its franchise system as well as its annual franchise renewal registrations and updates.
  • Advised a startup provider of mobile cardiovascular imaging, providing guidance on financing and operational issues, and drafted franchise disclosure document.
  • Working with a client that is franchising/licensing upscale Japanese restaurants throughout the world, including in the Middle East, Russia and India.
  • Structured and helped negotiate master licensing agreements for a U.S. franchise expanding across Europe, including Norway, the U.K., the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Austria, the Ukraine and Turkey.
  • Won an injunction against a fast-food franchisee for nonpayment of royalties and repayment of franchisor’s attorney fees.
  • Represent a client who has the development rights for Krispy Kreme franchises in a number of geographic areas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Converted a licensor system to a franchise system, resulting in improved profitability for a printing services company.
  • Franchised a well-established regional provider of commercial maintenance services.
  • Developed distribution agreements for a publicly held manufacturer of pollution control products.
  • Counseled a franchise restaurant client on attracting key financing partners.
  • Managed the national registration process for a rapidly expanding tutoring franchise.
  • Successfully defended a real estate franchisor against negligence claims.
  • Representing the franchising of a business providing online education and in-person workshops, meetings and events, including related advertising and sponsorships, used to coach and support women in creating, implementing, expanding and networking their business and personal projects.
  • Defended a pet supply company against a customer who sued the franchisee and franchisor over a sales transaction at the franchisee’s store resulting in a dismissal of the franchisor.
  • Developed structure and forms of agreements—on behalf of a company that protects commercial and industrial facilities from electrical system failures—for the use of an area developer to assist in franchising a new system in Canada and Europe, and assisted in completing the offering including the regulatory compliance and trademark registration.
  • Served as company counsel on a $350,000 capital raise on behalf of a 10-restaurant fast-food franchise.
  • Represented a United States company offering area franchise development agreements for Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Successfully aided a restaurant group in its purchase of nine franchise stores in New York and worked with the franchise and its affiliates in the sale of 20 franchise stores.
  • Extensively worked with multiple master franchisees in the commercial cleaning space.
  • Assisted a master franchisee expanding into Canada.
  • Represented single franchisees in multiple industries from food, consulting, cleaning and tutoring to photography, homecare and household services.
  • Represent eight different franchisees in an urgent care system.
  • Represented a client aggressively expanding through area development of QSR restaurants with territories in Georgia and Florida.
  • Represented a multi-brand area developer with territories in multiple states in the QSR space.
  • Successfully litigated the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a Hampton Inn franchisee — where we asserted violations of New Jersey's Franchise Practices Act — against attempts by Hilton Corp to unilaterally terminate the franchise before the property could be sold.
  • Served as co-counsel for the parent developer of the third largest auto dealer management software in the United States. In this case, licensed distributors of the software objected to termination, claiming the existence of perpetual right to renew their software license and distribution agreements on the same terms as the original agreements. Successfully convinced the arbitrator that the license and distribution agreements were of indefinite duration and therefore terminable by the parent developer after a reasonable period of time.