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James Alfred Meaney

James Alfred Meaney

Practice areas:

Franchising, Litigation, Commercial, Employment & Labor

About Me

Jim’s experience includes:



  • Commercial law/litigation practice for over 30 years

  • Franchise Disclosure Document preparation and development

  • Franchise Dispute Resolution - mediation, arbitration and litigation

  • Franchise experience as government regulator, General Counsel and in private practice

  • General Counsel and Vice President of Franchise Development for Damon’s Grill®

  • General Counsel of the Ohio Petroleum Retailers and Repair Association

  • Section Chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section (responsible for enforcement of Ohio’s Business Opportunity Law)

  • Chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Franchise and Distribution Law Committee

  • General/ongoing representation of franchise systems

  • Member of The American Bar Association Forum on Franchising since 1989

  • Representation of franchise purchasers/FDD Review/Negotiation

  • Author of How to Buy a Franchise and numerous franchise articles and presentations

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Franchising: 60%
    34 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    34 years
  3. Commercial: 10%
    29 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 5%
    11 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-325/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Gilbert Joseph Gradisar

    Jim Meaney has a well-deserved reputation for his work in the area of franchising. He is also highly skilled as a trial lawyer. I worked with him on an employment matter that several lawyers had turned down. He tried the case and won a great result for the client. I highly endorse him for any civil litigation matter.

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    Gilbert Gradisar Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Robert Sicuro
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Zaino Law Group, LPA

7507 Ravens Nest Ct.
Columbus, OH, 43235

Zaino & Humphrey LPA

5775 Perimeter Drive, Suite 275
Dublin, OH, 43017

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
OHActive197707/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
International Who’s Who of Franchising LawyersNamed in the 2004 International Who’s Who of Franchising Lawyers2004
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNamed in Franchise Law Section of The Best Lawyers in America (1994-1997)1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderZaino & Humphrey LPA2009 - Present
General Counsel & VP of Franchise DevelopmentDamon's International, Inc.2005 - 2008

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
Columbus Ohio Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Forum on Franchising - Book ChapterCovenants Against Competition in Franchising (2nd Ed.), (Chapter Author: U.S. Virgin Islands), June 3, 2003; 3rd Edition, due 20122012
e-BookHow to Buy a Franchise2011
2010 Annual Forum on Franchisng“Starting A Franchise System: Practical Considerations, Planning and Development,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2010 Annual Forum (Co-author - October 2010)2010
2006 Annual Forum on Franchsing“Embracing Diversity in Franchise Systems and Managing Associated Legal Risks,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2006 Annual Forum (Co-author - October 2006)2006
American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2003 Annual Forum (Co-author - October 2003)“Twelve O’clock High: Litigating under Statutes Beyond Traditional Franchise Laws,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2003 Annual Forum (Co-author - October 2003)2003
American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 1996 Annual Forum (Comprehensive Mini-Program“Representing Franchisees,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 1996 Annual Forum (Comprehensive Mini-Program) (Co-author - October 1996)1996
Pilot BooksEvaluating and Buying a Franchise1987
1 Franchise Law Journal 169"Ohio's Business Opportunity Law: A Practical Guide," 11 Ohio Northern Law Review 651 (1984); Republished, (1986).1984

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1977
University of DaytonPsychologyBachelor of Arts1974

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2012 Annual Forum on Franchising (Upcoming)“Representing the Franchisor—A Primer on Designing the System, Drafting and Registering Documents and Providing On-going Counseling,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2012 Annual Forum (Co-presenter - October 2012)2012
Seminar“Franchising in Ohio: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know,” Ohio State Bar Association, (Co-author -September 23, 2011)2011
Columbus Accounting ShowFranchising: Ohio & Beyond2011
Columbus Accounting ShowFranchising - Still Hot After All These Years!2010
2010 Annual Forum on Franchising“Starting A Franchise System: Practical Considerations, Planning and Development,” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2010 Annual Forum (Co-author - October 2010)2010