skip to main content
Receive client alerts and/or Silicon Valley e-News in your inbox.
Franchising can be one of the most successful ways to grow a business concept or brand—but only when done right. The laws governing franchises and business opportunities are patchwork, with state and federal regulations overlapping. Even businesses that do not think of themselves as coming within this legal regime should be aware of the scope of these statutes and regulations so that their business practices do not inadvertently fall within the scope of franchise and business opportunity laws or dealer protection statutes.
Womble Carlyle represents a wide variety of companies whose practices may be impacted by franchise, business opportunity laws and dealer protection statutes. We regularly assist such companies in navigating and complying with applicable state and federal laws. While the majority of our clients are franchisors, we are also called upon to represent franchisees, and we handle various franchise-related corporate, real estate, technology, employment and other matters. When disputes arise, we work with these same companies to resolve those conflicts in a timely, cost-effective manner.
In all aspects of franchising—from determining whether franchising is the right business model, to launching a new franchise system, to managing the system and franchisee relationships and resolving any potential disagreements or issues in the course of operations—we strive to ensure that our legal services meet a company’s overall business goals.
Our clients include national and international companies in a range of industries including food & beverage, retail apparel, heavy equipment rental and professional services, as well as companies with a smaller footprint in a range of industries.
Franchise Transactions/Regulatory Compliance
The relationship between franchisors and franchisees, and the transactions between the two, are governed by a complex web of federal and state law. Womble Carlyle’s full-service Franchise Law Team assists franchise businesses in:
Even when formal franchising relationships don’t exist, certain state and federal franchise and business opportunity laws may apply. For example, some laws may apply when a company transfers goods or services to another business or when it licenses out a trademark for others to use. Womble Carlyle also counsels companies in these often confusing scenarios.
Franchise and Dealer Protection Litigation
When business relationships go sour, parties often need guidance in franchise, antitrust, contract and intellectual property litigation. Womble Carlyle’s Franchise Law Team represents businesses in such matters at both federal and state levels across the country, as well as in proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Our full range of services includes representing parties in: