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Counsel to Food Service Provider

Counsel to food service provider on all matters including franchise matters, food commissaries/distribution, litigation, tax compliance, and real estate transactions.

Gustaf R. Andreasen

$15MM Direct Loan for Restaurant Sites

Lead negotiation for $15MM direct loan for a franchisee to finance the equipment purchase and development of restaurant sites for its franchise business. Real estate aspects of the loan transaction involved multiple takedowns and placements of mortgages in five states.

Charles A. Semmelhack

Chapter 11 – $4.3MM Disposition of Over 30 Franchised Restaurants

Counsel for first-position secured lender in related Chapter 11 cases which culminated in the $4.3MM disposition of over 30 locations of franchised fast casual restaurants under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Mark A. Bogdanowicz

Real Estate Commercial Leases

Prepared and negotiated leases/ground leases on behalf of numerous tenants including Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, Ruby Tuesday franchisee, Big Boy International, Snap Fitness franchisee, Blackrock Bar & Grill franchisee, along with several commercial leases for office, warehouse and manufacturing space for local, regional and national corporate entities.

Brad Knickerbocker

Anonymous Internet Speaker Identified for Defamatory Emails and Franchisor Exonerated

Represented restaurant franchisor in dispute with terminated consultants. Successfully identified anonymous internet speaker who allegedly sent defamatory emails to franchisees.

Jonathan W. Fountain

Successful Mediation of Restaurant Franchisor Disputes

Represented restaurant franchisor in disputes with franchisees alleging fraudulent inducement of franchise agreements. Successfully litigated and mediated resolutions of disputes.

Jonathan W. Fountain

Healthcare Franchisor Mediation

Represented healthcare franchisor in mediation over terms of franchise agreement.

Jonathan W. Fountain

Franchisor Obtains Injunction

Represented a tutoring franchisor in litigation against a franchisee that continued using the franchisor's trade secrets, marks, and trade dress following termination of the franchise agreement. We prevailed against the franchisee's efforts to have the claims dismissed and removing the case to federal court, and obtained an injunction enjoining franchisee's wrongful conduct following an evidentiary hearing.

Robert Hernquist

Counsel to Franchisors in State Administrative Matters

Represent franchisors in connection with state administrative inquiries regarding alleged franchise law violations.

Matthew J. Kreutzer

In-house Counsel for Big Boy Restaurants

Acted as interim in-house general counsel for 12 months for Big Boy Restaurants International, a regional family restaurant franchisor, in matters such as advising, directing, and handling the legal aspects of franchising, leasing, construction, employment, insurance, property sales, trademark, and various other day-to-day legal matters as they arose.

Brad Knickerbocker