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Business Franchising


Advice on the initial decision whether to franchise, counseling on state and federal registration and disclosure laws, drafting and registration of franchise agreements and disclosure documents and development of internal programs for managing the franchise. Also, assistance to established franchisors in handling franchise agreement defaults, terminations and non-renewals and negotiated franchise transactions, such as sales, resales, development, management and financing arrangements. 

Franchisee Relationships


  Guidance to franchisees through all stages of franchising — from initial exploration of a franchise opportunity, through franchise ownership, to termination of the franchise relationship. Assistance in understanding the franchise opportunity, the franchise documents and negotiating changes with the franchisor. Additionally, assistance with general business matters franchisees encounter including franchise-specific and general leasing matters, entity formation, purchases and sales, employment, confidentiality, supply and noncompete arrangements. 



 Review, drafting, negotiation and advice on contracts covering a wide range of subjects, such as: personal guarantees; purchase and sale; noncompete; distribution, joint ventures; lending and security arrangements; management arrangements; marketing and media development; nondisclosure / confidentiality; commercial outsourcing; partnership; supply; strategic alliances; warehousing; work-for-hire; license agreements; software and technology; copyright assignments; website terms of use and privacy policies; and construction including bids. 

Corporate Matters


Management of corporate minute books and other organizational records, preparation of shareholder and director resolutions and other shareholder/ownership interest agreements.    



 Advice to landlords and tenants in leasing of space in office buildings, shopping centers, retail and mixed-use properties in urban and suburban settings and assistance with amendments, renewals and landlord-tenant disputes.  

Outsourced Corporate Counsel


 Advice and counseling to entrepreneurs in emerging and mid-sized businesses as an outsourced general counsel solution that provides legal support in areas of all business operations including marketing, human resources, procurement, risk and sales. A flat monthly fee makes ongoing legal services affordable and predictable.