Franchise and Distribution

We advise clients on complex national and international franchise and distribution issues.

Consistently recognized as leaders in the field by Chambers USA, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Franchise and Distribution lawyers provide a full range of services to client companies offering goods and services through franchising and related distribution methods. We regularly help clients develop and plan franchise, distribution, and licensing programs. For new franchisors, we prepare franchise, area development, and related agreements, while we routinely review and update agreements for existing franchisors. 

Our trial lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of franchise matters, often taking cases through final award or judgment throughout the United States. Our experience extends to representing clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution. We also steer clients through the maze of evolving federal, state, and international regulations governing the sale of franchises. In addition, we help franchisors prepare offering circulars that comply with disclosure requirements, as well as assist in their registration when it is required.

Our Clients

  • New and existing franchisors/distributors

Our Services

  • Assistance with trademark registration and licensing
  • General and specific guidance and assistance with the organization and reorganization of franchise or distribution systems
  • Assistance in negotiating, preparing, and updating franchise, area development, distribution, and related agreements as well as master licenses
  • Counsel on franchise-related real estate matters
  • Assistance in the creation or modification of a franchise advertising cooperative
  • Advice on the termination of an existing franchise, distributorship, or dealership from the perspective of both the franchisor/distributor and the franchisee/distributorship
  • Counsel on the implications of franchise relationships within the context of mergers, acquisitions, and other business changes
  • Litigation and arbitration of franchise-related disputes

News Releases

11.08.2018Jack Santaniello Presented at the Advanced Business Builder Program
10.12.2018Danielle A. Wise Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.01.2018Julio C. Esquivel Named Vice Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation Investor Relations Committee
07.12.2018Douglas A. Cherry Installed as President of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inns of Court
05.25.2018Ronald A. Christaldi and Andrew L. McIntosh Received Commendation from Tampa City Council
05.03.2018Shumaker Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized by Chambers USA
05.02.2018Todd Timmerman Elected To Chair 2018-19 Outback Bowl
04.03.2018Peter Silverman Selected as Franchise Times Legal Eagle
11.30.2017Jack Santaniello Presented "The Law of Business 201" at Latin American Chamber of Commerce Business Builders
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
06.01.2017Chambers USA Recognizes Shumaker Attorneys and Practice Areas
04.13.2017Brian McMahon and Peter Silverman Selected as Franchise Times "Legal Eagles"
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
12.29.2016Shumaker Attorneys Named To Who’s Who Legal:  Franchise 2016
06.27.2016Peter R. Silverman Appointed to CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
06.06.2016Shumaker Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA
04.06.2016Brian McMahon and Peter Silverman Selected as "Legal Eagles" by Franchise Times
11.30.2015Brian McMahon and Peter Silverman Recognized in Who’s Who Legal:  Franchise 2015
05.27.2015Chambers USA Recognizes Shumaker Attorneys and Practices
05.19.2015Brian McMahon Speaks at OSBA Franchise Seminar
05.08.2015Peter Silverman Featured in Franchise Times Magazine
04.01.2015Brian McMahon and Peter Silverman Selected as Franchise Times "Legal Eagles"
05.29.2014Shumaker Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers in Chambers USA
05.27.2014Peter R. Silverman Featured Expert in Franchise Journal
04.01.2014Brian McMahon and Peter Silverman Selected as Franchise Times Legal Eagles
07.26.2013Peter R. Silverman Quoted in The Street.Com News Story
12.25.2012Peter R. Silverman Featured in Blue MauMau Article regarding Franchising and Distribution Top Legal Trends in 2012
10.10.2012Peter Silverman Co-Authored American Bar Association Publication "Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments, 2012"
08.23.2012Shumaker Attorney Mark Wagoner Wins Landmark Victory in Beer Distributorship Case
09.27.2011Brian McMahon Speaker at OSBA Franchise Seminar
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
07.01.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition

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