What the team is known for
Leading firm offering a very deep bench of experienced attorneys capable of handling the full gamut of complex franchising litigation and transactional matters. Represents a wide variety of clients including some of the largest franchisors in the USA, private equity firms and a number of startups. Has a strong international presence complementing work with foreign companies franchising into the US. Offers unmatched expertise in termination-related disputes and litigation involving allegations of violations of state disclosure and relationship laws.
Sources remark: "It is an excellent team that combines top experience and skills with a high level of customer service."
One client reports: "The team's support is invaluable. The attorneys are reliable, solution-focused and very efficient, so they provide great value."
Another interviewee says: "DLA Piper is a leading player based on industry involvement and global reach."
Acted for Roark Capital on its acquisition of ServiceMaster Brands, which includes over 1,800 franchisees.
continues to build a solid profile in the franchise area, handling domestic and international transactions. His client base includes those in the education, hospitality and retail sectors."Alexander is a franchise legal expert."
specializes in representing clients in franchise and distribution disputes. “Barry has a good reputation and is considered to be a great thought leader in this space.”
is highly skilled in a range of matters, including franchise disclosures. He is experienced in a number of sectors, including retail, healthcare and hospitality."He is knowledgeable and thorough in his dealings with the intricacies of US government policy."
is particularly adept at advising franchisors in the hospitality sector. He handles contentious matters, including disputes centered around termination of franchise agreements. He handles important national disputes and is a very bright lawyer."
has an impressive franchise practice and advises on issues such as licensing, acquisitions and joint venture arrangements."Erik is one of the best international transaction lawyers I know - his business approach and customer service is phenomenal."
has over thirty years of experience in the franchise field. He advises on issues pertaining to expansions of franchise systems, among other matters. "Joseph is an excellent franchise lawyer."
acts for franchisors on disputes, appearing in state and federal courts. He is noted for his exceptional handling of putative class action lawsuits, particularly misclassification disputes.“Norman is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.” “He is a great advocate who is tremendously smart and does a lot of work on the big topical issues in franchising.”
has a wealth of experience in distribution, licensing and franchise law. He works with domestic and international companies, as well as trade associations. "Zeidman is obviously a legend." “He is absolutely fantastic and possesses a wealth of information.”
is an experienced transactional lawyer who advises on a range of issues related to franchise and distribution law. "Richard is one of the best lawyers I have dealt with. He combines technical skill with situation-appropriate advice and works tirelessly on projects."
provides counsel on topics such as international development arrangements, acquisitions and joint ventures. He frequently advises both startups and established companies.
has a leading franchising practice that sees him work on general dealership, distribution and antitrust matters, among others. He is based in the firm's Chicago office. “Stuart is one of the hardest-working lawyers in franchising.” “He is a thorough adviser who seeks business solutions with a basis in sound legal guidance.”
is held in high esteem for his skills in international franchising matters. He is noted in particular for his significant expertise relating to transactions in the food and retail sectors.