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Jim's knowledge and handling of franchise law is second to none. He may be the best attorney I have worked with in any capacity not just franchise law. Actually, this may be the first review I have posted regarding anything, I simply think it should be known how good he actually is.
I consulted with Jim when I, as a franchisee, had a dispute with a large international franchisor that was rumored to strenuously fight claims against them. Thanks to Jim's good work, especially the protections for franchisees in Ohio R.C. Chapter 1334 that he helped get enacted, the franchisor was convinced to come to the table and agree to an equitable resolution.
I would highly recommend Mr. Meaney for any prospective franchisees considering investing in a franchise or a new or existing franchisor. Jim has been involved with the franchise industry for over thirty years and also has experience "in the trenches" as former General Counsel and VP of Franchise Sales for a large franchisor. Working for a smaller, boutique law firm, Jim does most of his own work and the value provided is tremendous. I've worked with big law firms in the past and generally have the partner sell me on the firm with a junior associate with little experience or a paralegal do most of the legal work with very little oversight by the attorney who attracted me to the firm to begin with. The billing is 100% transparent and Mr. Meaney's fees are a bargain at around 50-60% of what franchise attorneys at the big name law firms charge with much less experience in franchising. Also, he is the most responsive attorney I've ever worked with, he always returns phone calls the same day, which I can't say for most law firms I've worked with. And finally, he really tries to add value to his clients through his vast network of franchise industry contacts. I am the founder and CEO of an emerging franchise network and looked for a great franchise attorney for almost two years before I engaged Mr. Meaney's service and wish I would have met him sooner.
For the past two years Jim has helped us prepare updates to our Federal Disclosure Document, Franchise Agreement and filed the necessary State Registrations for our two franchise concepts. His work is excellent, timely and reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim for your legal needs.