“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

Whether you’re 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.

Maddin Hauser's Franchise & Distribution Practice Group

Our Franchise and Distribution group stands uniquely qualified to help you navigate the various challenges that arise in creating, building, and managing a successful franchise. Our team possesses extensive first-hand experience in full-service, “life-cycle” management for both companies and individuals in the franchise industry. We’ll help you address any challenges you may encounter at any stage of your business development.

Our clients include national and local franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, area developers, and single-unit franchisees. Our franchise lawyers regularly advise clients on issues such as social media policies, healthcare reform, activities to unionize franchised units, and minimum wage compliance.

Maddin Hauser's Franchise & Distribution Practice Group

Our law firm focuses 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 a wide range of services and industry-rich expertise to address all your franchise-related concerns. We can provide you with the knowledge and support to be proactive rather than reactive in growing your business.

Franchise Expertise & Subspecialties:

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

Franchise Litigation & Dispute Resolution 

In an ideal world, we would make peace, not war. However, when disputes do arise, we assist our clients by providing them with highly experienced legal representation. 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 way to resolve all matters promptly and cost effectively. Our franchise attorneys are experienced in the following:

  • Alternate dispute resolution
  • Franchise relationships
  • Vicarious liability—ADA liability, agency & control issues & insurance issues
  • Employment—ADA claims, discrimination & harassment claims & workers’ compensation
  • Franchise default & termination
  • Risk management
  • Trademark & intellectual property
  • Non-competition