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Franchise & Distribution

With one of the world’s leading franchise and distribution law practices, lawyers serve franchisors and master franchisees at all stages of their development, in markets throughout the world. Our energetic and diverse group of more than 35 lawyers and paralegals work in teams, in a collaborative environment to bring our clients a wide range of experience in virtually every facet of international and domestic franchising. We offer our clients a tremendous value, because of our highly competitive billing rates and the many services which we offer without charge. Serving franchise clients is a priority for our firm. Most of our colleagues who practice in other areas of business law are experienced in advising and representing franchisors.

We recognize that the advice we give — from helping to construct franchise concepts through domestic and international growth and expansion, to system modifications — directly impacts our clients’ profitability. That is why we focus on practical, cost effective solutions.

We back up our advice with franchising’s largest and most successful dispute resolution team. Our litigators have represented franchisors in courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the U.S., taking advantage of briefs, pleadings, and strategies which have withstood challenges in earlier cases.

Our team co-founded and our attorneys sit on the board of the Franchise Brokers Association, the largest network of franchise brokers in the world.


Most franchise registration states (including the exemption notice states of Florida and Utah) have adopted, formally or informally, COVID-19 accommodations relating to franchise and exemption filings, and the offer and sale of franchises. Lathrop GPM’s Franchise and Distribution Group has prepared the chart below to summarize the various accommodations. To view the most-current version of our chart, click here.

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