Lathrop GPM

Franchising Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Strong firm with notable expertise in dispute resolution, franchising M&A and international franchising. Offers a deep bench of attorneys covering a broad base of transactional advisory work and representation of clients in franchise litigation and arbitration. Has significant expertise in assisting franchisors to explore expansion options and address government regulations, employment issues and intellectual property matters. Additionally noted for providing franchising clients with tax advice.

Strengths Clients say its lawyers are "extremely knowledgeable, very prompt and very helpful."

"The firm knows this space fantastically well. Its lawyers are good at identifying critical issues and explaining them to the client," say sources.

Work highlights Served as franchise counsel to Blackstone in connection to its purchase of a majority stake in Servpro Industries.

Notable practitioners


Carl Zwisler
advises on a host of matters including franchising and licensing agreements. His clients include domestic and foreign companies.


Elizabeth Dillon
is an established practitioner who advises early stage and mature franchisors on their franchise systems. She often works on international matters, including helping clients expand into Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Eric Yaffe
gains recognition for his handling of franchise litigation. He is often called upon by clients to litigate class actions and noncompete claims.


Gaylen
Knack has a strong franchise practice which includes advising on structuring franchise programs. He is experienced in handling domestic and cross-border matters.


Mark Kirsch
acts for clients on domestic and international franchising issues, including transactional and regulatory matters. Peers describe him as "an outstanding franchise lawyer."

Minneapolis-based
Max Schott
is a respected lawyer who works with franchisors from a range of industries. He works on issues such as disclosures, supply chain maintenance and licensing.


Michael Gray
is a "very solutions-oriented, insightful strategist" according to clients. He is a litigator who works on a variety of franchise disputes, including noncompete enforcement issues.


Peter Klarfeld
has over 35 years of experience working with franchisors. He advises on both contentious and noncontentious matters.