Franchise, licensing, and distribution law are an evolving web of federal and state laws and regulations. Having experienced counsel with insider’s knowledge of that complex web is often a key difference between success and costly setbacks.
As a firm focused on all aspects of franchising, licensing and distribution law, regulation and litigation, Shankman Leone helps clients across the country navigate through all stages of the complex maze.
Specifically, we work with clients in all stages of franchise development and operation, including determining whether a franchising, licensing or distribution relationship is appropriate for their business; structuring the franchise, license or distribution system in compliance with all regulations, laws and statutes; developing and drafting franchise disclosure documents, franchise license and distribution agreements, as well as other agreements related to the operation of a business system; and
complying with registration and disclosure obligations.
We also work closely with franchise clients to develop strategic business plans and manage day-to-day disputes and pre-litigation efforts regarding default and termination issues. When a fair resolution is unable to be reached, we tirelessly represent our clients in litigation and arbitration matters involving audit disputes, under reporting of sales, failure to pay royalty and advertising contributions, and violations of post-termination non-competition and other restrictive covenants, as well as defending claims of fraud in the inducement, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, disclosure violations, encroachment, breach of contract, wrongful termination and tortious interference.
Clients often seek counsel from us on developing, drafting, reviewing and negotiating partnership, shareholder and operating agreements, leases, purchase and sale agreements, employment, supply and vendor contracts, non-disclosure, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, personal guarantees and other ancillary agreements.