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Global Guide 2022
Global Market Leaders Franchising
Band 2

2 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Lathrop GPM

With one of the world’s leading franchise and distribution law practices, Lathrop GPM serves franchisors and master franchisees at all stages of their development, in markets throughout the world. We offer clients services related to domestic and international franchising in all aspects of their business including the following areas: franchise registrations and compliance advice, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, data security and privacy, technology, and reorganization and bankruptcy. We back up our transactional and regulatory advice with our franchise dispute resolution team. Our litigators have represented franchisors in courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the U.S., taking advantage of briefs, pleadings, and strategies which have withstood challenges in earlier cases.

International franchising remains a cornerstone of Lathrop GPM. We have advised well over 200 franchise systems with expansion efforts into more than 140 countries. While all of our offices are based in the U.S., our clients' transactions and perspective spans the globe on a daily basis. 

Beyond the 25 attorneys who focus primarily on legal issues related to franchising, Lathrop GPM has 350 lawyers who focus on other areas which support our franchisor and master franchisee clients, including employment, tax, real estate, trust and estate planning, environmental law, insurance recovery, and health law, among others.  

Chambers Review

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Franchising - Global Market Leaders
Band 2
What the team is known for

A respected US-based firm with substantial international capability. Operating out of Minneapolis and Washington, DC, the team is well versed in the full gamut of franchising matters. The law firm offers:

       • Expertise in assisting US-based franchisors with international expansion.

       • Advice for non-US multinational clients on their entry into the American market.

       • Experience representing a diverse client base, with a particular focus on the food and beverage and retail industries.

       • A highly rated franchise disputes practice well equipped for litigation and international arbitration concerning the termination of franchise agreements.

Notable Practitioners

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Gaylen L Knack
Gaylen L Knack
Band 2

Gaylen Knack is well regarded for his expertise in franchising and distribution matters, often handling complex, cross-border mandates for global chains. One client enthuses: "Gaylen knows the who, the when and the how. He really drives his clients and is very well known internationally."

Elizabeth Dillon
Elizabeth Dillon
Band 4

Noted by clients as a "really practical and responsive" attorney, Elizabeth Dillon is known for her effective representation of franchisors in diverse matters. Her work encompasses cross-border franchising disputes, negotiating licensing agreements, and assisting companies with global expansion.

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Gaylen L Knack
Gaylen L Knack
Band 2
Elizabeth Dillon
Elizabeth Dillon
Band 4


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Alicia Goedde

Ashley Bennett Ewald

Cameron Johnson

Craig Miller

Eli Bensignor

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Elizabeth Dillon

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Emilie Eschbacher

Eric Yaffe

Erica Tokar

Frank Sciremammano

Hannah Fotsch

James Wahl

John Fitzgerald

Jose Garcia

Justin Sallis

Katie Bond

Maisa Frank

Marilyn Nathanson

Mark Kirsch

Michael R. Gray

Michael Sturm

Neil Goldsmith

Peter J Klarfeld

Richard Landon

Robert Zisk

Ryan Palmer

Samuel Butler

Sandra Bodeau

Stephen Vaughan

Thomas Pacheco

Tracy Castillo


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