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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Franchising

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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.

Strengths

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."

Work highlights

Acted for Roark Capital on its acquisition of ServiceMaster Brands, which includes over 1,800 franchisees.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Tuneski 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."

Barry Heller 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.”

Bret Lowell 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."

David Sager 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."

Erik Wulff 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."

Joseph Sheyka 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."

Norman Leon 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.”

Philip Zeidman 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.”

Richard Greenstein 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."

Richard Morey provides counsel on topics such as international development arrangements, acquisitions and joint ventures. He frequently advises both startups and established companies.

Stuart Hershman 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.”

Tao Xu 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.

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Franchising

DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Location

444 W. Lake Street

Suite 900

Chicago

Illinois

USA

IL 60606-0089

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USA - Nationwide

Franchising


Alexander Tuneski
Band 4
Barry M Heller
Band 4
Bret Lowell
Band 2
David S Sager
Band 3
Erik B Wulff
Band 2
Joseph W Sheyka
Band 4

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