Practice Areas

"In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment." -Charles Darwin

There are obvious parallels to the successful management of a franchise, whether you are a franchisor or franchisee.  Your ability to adapt and survive in today's marketplace requires experience, skill and in-depth knowledge of every facet of your business.  Our Franchise and Distribution Practice Group is uniquely qualified to help you navigate the various challenges that arise in creating, building and managing a successful franchise.  Our team has the depth of expertise and extensive first-hand experience in full-service, "life-cycle" franchise management for both companies and individuals in the franchise industry.  We will help you address any challenges you may encounter at each and every stage of your business development.  Our clients include national and local franchisors; multi-unit franchisees, area developers and single-unit franchisees. 
Our team of highly-skilled attorneys regularly advise clients on issues, such as; social media policies, healthcare reform, activities to unionize franchised units and minimum wage compliance.  In addition, we remain focused on the core areas of franchise management including; registration and regulatory compliance, drafting franchise and other related business agreements, and franchise dispute resolution and litigation.  Our team members have highly specialized skillsets in corporate and business services, taxation, employee benefits, lending and financing, as well as employee and workplace management.
Only Maddin Hauser offers such an extensive range of services and industry-rich expertise to address all of your franchise-related concerns.  We provide our clients with the knowledge and support to be proactive rather than reactive in growing their businesses.

Franchise Expertise & Subspecialties

  • Start-up systems
  • Drafting franchise disclosure documents
  • State franchise registration
  • Negotiating and drafting franchise agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting area development agreements, multi-unit agreements and supply agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating confidentiality agreements
  • Lease negotiations
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Acquisition and construction financing
  • Employment and workplace management
  • Product distribution

Franchise Litigation & Dispute Resolution

In an ideal world, we would make peace and not war.  However, when disputes do arise, we assist our clients by providing them with highly experienced legal representation and cost effective solutions.  By leveraging our team's expertise in franchise litigation and alternate dispute resolution at both the local and national levels, we will help you determine the best course of action to resolve all matters promptly and cost effectively.  Our experience includes:
  • Alternate dispute resolution
  • Franchise relationships
  • Vicarious liability - ADA liability, agency and control issues, and insurance issues
  • Employment - ADA claims, discrimination and harassment claims, and workers' compensation
  • Franchise default and termination
  • Risk management
  • Trademark and intellectual property
  • Non-competition
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