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Brian Cole focuses his practice on franchise and distribution law, an area in which he has more than 20 years’ experience.  

Brian got his start as a franchise lawyer when he went to work as an in-house attorney for Pizza Hut, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchisors. On his first day of work, Pizza Hut’s general counsel advised him to read Pizza Hut’s form franchise agreement, since that was one of Pizza Hut’s most-significant contracts.  A few years later, Brian was assigned as the principal drafter of a new franchise agreement that was negotiated between Pizza Hut and its franchisee association.  Since then, Brian has been involved in a wide variety of issues concerning franchise businesses and restaurants.  

Brian’s experience spans a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including drafting and registering franchise agreements and related documents, buying and selling both individual franchised locations and franchise chains, leasing sites for businesses, and other contractual matters.  Brian also has experience advising clients with a variety of operational issues, especially with respect to restaurant businesses, including employment matters, health code, and liquor licenses.  Brian has spoken and written on a variety of franchise-related topics, including speaking at the ABA Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association’s Annual Legal Symposium and Annual Convention--see the sections of this listing for descriptions of those publications and speeches.  


Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 50%
    35 years
  2. Franchising: 50%
    30 years

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Law Offices of Brian H. Cole

128 - 12th Place
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266-4702

P.O. Box 3513
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266



HIInactive - Voluntary201001/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Franchise & Distribution LawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2009
California Franchise LawWho's Who Legal USA2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Franchise LawyerLaw Offices of Brian H. Cole2009 - Present
CounselBryan Cave LLP2006 - 2009
Of CounselJenkens & Gilchrist2000 - 2006
CounselPizza Hut, Inc.1986 - 2000
AssociateHolland & Hart1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Franchise Law CommitteeMember2010 - Present
California State Bar Association, Business Law SectionChairman, Franchise Law Committee2006 - 2007
California State Bar Association, Business Law SectionVice-Chair, Franchise Law Committee2005 - 2006
California State Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember, Franchise Law Committee2003 - 2007
National Franchise CouncilMember Board of Directors1998 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
Franchise Law Compliance ManualFranchise System Operational Issues2011
California Franchise Law and PracticeCalifornia Franchise Investment Law2011
California Franchise Law and PracticeSeller-Assisted Marketing Plans2011
The Franchise LawyerVenue Selection: A Befuddled Muddle2002
LJN's Franchising Business & Law AlertInternational Franchising: Why Attorneys Need to Know the Law in Other Countries2001
The Franchise LawyerFederal Pre-Emption -- Yes!2000
Franchising: Business Strategies and Compliance IssuesThe Role of Renewal in a Changing Franchise System1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Rice UniversityPoli Sci and PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConventionAn Introduction to Franchise Law2010
Hawaii State Bar Annual ConventionFranchise Law2009
Forum on FranchisingRepresenting and Dealing with Multi-Unit Franchisees–Does Size Really Matter?2008
State Bar ConventionDevelopments in Franchise Law2007
40th Annual Legal SymposiumFixing Things Manually2007
Annual ConventionRoundtable Facilitator2006
Franchise Development and Leadership ConferenceMaster Licensing (Subfranchising)2004
Forum on FranchisingFranchisor v. Franchisor2000
39th International Franchise ConventionOperational and Financial Issues of Co-Branding1999
32nd Annual Legal SymposiumTort v. Contract Claims1999
31st Annual Legal SymposiumThe MEGA Franchisee1998
27th Annual Legal SymposiumNon-Traditional Distribution1994
24th Annual Legal SymposiumRenewal and Change in a Franchise System1991