Franchise Law

Norris McLaughlin has a finger on the pulse of franchise law.

We know franchise regulations – from the state and federal governments – are constantly changing.

We understand the value and importance of a deep bench, and our attorneys encompass a wealth of experience. Norris McLaughlin franchise attorneys can tap colleagues across a spectrum of departments. We have what it takes to represent franchisees and distribution companies with diversified focus areas including transactional, regulatory, and litigation.

Our franchise attorneys represent clients in general franchise litigation and in litigation under industry-specific statutes. 

We’ve found dealer termination cases frequently involve franchise law or business opportunity laws. Our litigators are well-equipped to prosecute and defend these cases in an assertive and cost-effective way. From a practical standpoint we encourage clients to explore alternate methods and other possible options available to successfully resolve disputes. 

Who We Are

A mid-sized regional law firm serving the legal needs of businesses and families in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., responds to the needs of established and emerging middle-market, privately-owned companies with comprehensive, enterprising legal services. 

We understand the mission critical importance of legislative review and advocacy to franchisees and distribution companies. We represent them before legislative and regulatory bodies in matters involving statues and regulations – and the enactment and compliance standards on state and federal levels. 

Who We Help

We focus on franchisee needs providing complete solutions, integrating transaction creativity with regulatory experience. For those with intellectual property concerns, we help protect their creative work, and we manage litigation and prosecution when their rights are threatened. Our attorneys keep pace with federal and state franchise regulations to help clients navigate a robust, dynamic, and ever-changing business environment.

We frequently represent restaurant franchisee clients in the review of a franchise agreement, organizing a new company for the operating of a restaurant franchise business, negotiating and drafting retail commercial leases, and buying or selling an existing franchise.

What We Do

On the forefront of leading franchise law cases, our litigators, regulatory and compliance attorneys represent franchisees and distributors in the restaurant, hospitality, personal services, and consumer products sectors.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with applicable FTC regulations, the franchise disclosure document (FDD), and franchise agreements. Our New Jersey-based attorneys routinely counsel clients on the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act, which affords franchisees significant rights relating to terminating, canceling, or failing to renew a franchise.  

Norris McLaughlin’s lawyers have experience across a wide variety of franchise and distribution system-related legal matters including:

Franchise, Corporate, and Transactional Representation

  • Entity formation
  • Franchise offering review, evaluation, and negotiation
  • Franchise documentation
  • Assisting in negotiation, transfer, or renegotiation of an existing franchise
  • Representing either the buyer or the seller of a franchise in a purchase and sale transaction
  • Assisting franchisees in acquiring locations through either real estate lease or purchase
  • Succession and estate planning for franchisee businesses 

Franchise Litigation

  • Defending the rights of franchise owners against oppressive franchisor tactics
  • Defending franchisees in threatened or actual termination situations
  • Trademark infringement matters
  • Commercial disputes
  • Enforcement of covenants not to compete
  • Other litigation matters including systems standards, antitrust, products liability, and labor and employment matters.
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