David is a member of the firm's Hospitality, Franchise Distribution Team, with a... more
David is a member of the firm's Hospitality, Franchise Distribution Team, with a practice emphasis in franchise and distribution law and general corporate matters. David has experience in a variety of corporate and transactional matters involving the team's core industries, including drafting franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, subfranchise agreements, area development agreem... view profile
Peter is a partner and senior member of the Seattle Trial practice. Peter's practice... more
Peter is a partner and senior member of the Seattle Trial practice. Peter's practice focuses in the areas of complex litigation, securities, health law, general commercial, franchise, employment, and non-competition and intellectual property, including trade secrets, computer software issues and trademarks. Peter also has additional substantial experience in the areas of sports law, manufacturi... view profile
For more than 27 years, my practice has focused on resolving challenging securities,... more
For more than 27 years, my practice has focused on resolving challenging securities, franchise, banking and other complex civil cases on behalf of businesses and individuals. Securities Fraud, Enforcement, Regulatory and Broker-Dealer Defense Investors, broker-dealers, investment bankers, advisers, and registered representatives seek my representation in regulatory investigations and... view profile
For almost twenty five years, Doug has served as a trial lawyer representing... more
For almost twenty five years, Doug has served as a trial lawyer representing franchisors and suppliers in connection with disputes with their franchisees and distributors. In recent years, Doug has also devoted considerable time providing antitrust and distribution counseling, and has assisted several clients with the evaluation and acquisition of other franchising companies. The following is a... view profile
Robins practice focuses on protection of trademark and trade dress rights, resolving... more
Robins practice focuses on protection of trademark and trade dress rights, resolving internet-related intellectual property disputes and working with clients in the franchise industry. She also continues her work with privately-held businesses and individuals on a wide range of commercial litigation matters. Robin has successfully resolved trademark and domain name claims in federal and state c... view profile
With over 30 years of legal experience, Ada has broad experience counseling domestic... more
With over 30 years of legal experience, Ada has broad experience counseling domestic and international clients on all aspects of tax, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financing, joint ventures, franchises, and import/export business. Her practice emphasizes the tax aspects of cross-border business and investments. Ada acts as tax counsel to foreign pension plans, and foreign, s... view profile
I am primarily a franchise law attorney with considerable experience representing... more
I am primarily a franchise law attorney with considerable experience representing parties in disputes. I also have extensive experience representing shareholders and partners in closely held companies. The remainder of my practice mostly involves representing parties involved in or contemplating various business transactions.
Franchise law applies to franchisors like McDonald's ®, who allow you to buy and operate a business using the franchise trademarks, name, and business methods. In return, you, the franchisee, get the name recognition value and reputation of the franchisor. A franchise lawyer will make sure the franchisor treats you fairly. Franchises can be expensive, and when you buy one you are gambling on the franchisor's success. Franchise lawyers know the many franchise laws that prevent the franchisor from taking advantage of you. If you are considering franchising your business, a franchise lawyer can also help you with that decision.