Unlike less formal supplier/retailer arrangements, franchisors’ and franchisees’ mutual success depends on maintaining satisfactory relationships within the franchise system. Given their divergent interests, they frequently have very different views on important aspects of their relationship. Each wishes to protect and advance parochial interests, but not at the expense of needlessly damaging the working alliance or their franchise system. Franchisors and franchisees alike want to avoid unwarranted litigation and legal actions that drain financial and management resources better used in the battle for market share.
Our firm has earned a national reputation for understanding the franchise business, its processes and systems. We apply our extensive knowledge to help our clients manage their businesses better, reduce conflict, avoid unnecessary litigation and preserve important trading relationships. We are also experienced in representing franchisors in fraud and contractual disputes, as well as in handling post-term non-competition and other post-termination disputes when there have been no alternatives to litigation. Our attorneys focus on franchise relations, not just franchise law. We have represented and earned the respect of both franchisors and franchisees; they know that we understand and consider both sides of issues, and give well grounded, practical advice based on our broad experience. They count on us to know what other franchisors and franchisees have done in similar situations, present them with an array of negotiating and business options, and inform them about the ramifications of each option.
Our franchising attorneys partner with clients to act as lawyer, facilitator and business advisor. We anticipate and advise rather than just react and remedy. The result: clients make better business decisions, more confidently.
We count among our many clients numerous national and Georgia-based franchisors. We have represented franchisee associations and individual franchisees in transactional matters. Our practical approach is buttressed by ongoing and often pioneering scholarship. Our attorneys have chaired key American Bar Association franchising committees, served on advisory committees to governmental and trade association franchise regulation groups, testified before Congress, and written and lectured extensively about leading franchise law issues. Many of these issues have not been previously explored or are otherwise considered cutting edge types.