Polsinelli prepares its clients for the challenges and opportunities that franchise and distributor relationships present. We help individuals and companies plan, structure, and implement special business requirements needed to operate as a franchise or a distributor.

Assisting clients during the initial strategic evaluation of franchise offerings through the preparation of disclosure documents to eventually the state franchise or business opportunity registration and exemption filings, allow us to ensure compliance is met throughout the process. Further, our clients benefit from our ongoing counsel during federal and state pre-sale disclosure and registration processes. Our goal is to minimize our clients’ risk in an effort to help avoid legal disputes that may impede growth.

In addition, we prepare and negotiate franchise, licensing, and distribution agreements as well as address other aspects of the franchisee and franchisor and the supplier and distributor relationships. Should our client wish to buy or sell a franchise or distributorships, we provide legal assistance in securing financing and completing the appropriate documentation. Our experience encompasses diverse industries including, but not limited to:

  • Restaurant services 
  • Retail stores 
  • Software 
  • Medical device and other healthcare services 
  • Temporary personnel 
  • Health Care 
  • Dental 
  • Heavy equipment parts and services

In the event a dispute regarding a franchise or distributorship relationship arises, our attorneys draw upon Polsinelli’s litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in franchising, licensing and distributorship disputes. We assist and advise our clients by providing strategic legal guidance during and up to mediation, litigation, or arbitration.

Routinely, our attorneys work closely with other professionals who specialize in areas including Tax, Estate and Business Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Securities law, Real Estate, Employment and Labor law, and Intellectual Property to provide our clients with well-rounded representation.