We’ll help you be a franchise player in a league of your own.
The franchising industry continues to expand—for good reason. For companies seeking an alternative vehicle for growth, the franchise model provides opportunities to grow their brands at a lower cost than building a corporate-owned chain. For franchisees, it’s the chance to become business owners under recognized brands with established products, services, and distribution channels, at far less risk than launching a venture from scratch.
The attorneys in Howard & Howard’s franchising practice use their legal and business acumen to counsel clients on both sides of the franchise relationship, advising a range of startup and mature franchises in a diverse group of industries that include:
- Auto care businesses
- Business coaching
- Cannabis-related services
- Electronics outlets
- Full-service, quick-service, and fast-casual restaurants
- Gourmet food shops
- Health-oriented businesses
- Insurance and business brokers
- Personal care services
- Pet care providers
- Physical fitness
- Real estate companies
- Retail stores
- Senior care services
- Wine, beer, and alcohol distributors
Like other enterprises, franchisors and franchisees must navigate numerous legal hurdles and risks, along with state and federal laws and local ordinances unique to franchises. We counsel clients at every stage of the franchising life cycle, helping them make strategic decisions regarding:
- Business entity selection
- Business organization and franchise system structure
- Franchise agreements, supplier agreements, and Uniform Franchise Disclosure Documents
- Training for franchise sales departments
- Real property transactions including purchases, sales, and leasing
- Employment and contractor relationships as well as joint-employer issues
- Immigration compliance
- Intellectual property licensing and enforcement
- Federal and state taxation
- Compliance with federal and state regulations
- Responding to regulatory inquiries
- Advocacy to shape and change franchise laws
When franchise and franchise-related disputes arise, our attorneys represent clients in administrative proceedings, mediation, arbitration, and litigation throughout the United States. While we first seek amicable resolution through negotiation, we do not hesitate to take aggressive legal action to pursue and defend our clients’ interests when it becomes necessary.
With the backing of a strong entrepreneurial business model, the franchise lawyers of Howard & Howard fully understand the ins and outs of the industry. Whatever your role or interest in a franchising relationship, we’ll be your most trusted business partner. You can count on us for informed and insightful advice and guidance wherever and whenever needed.