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My practice focuses on franchising.  I represent the companies that develop and sell franchise concepts: franchisors.  I also represent franchisees.  I represent these two constituents in all aspects of franchising.


I guide my clients through substantial business transactions, provide practical business advice and counsel on the technical aspects of the law. I also represent clients in complex commercial litigation involving issues of business law, trade secrets, trade regulation, intellectual property and contract disputes.


I am licensed to practice in Tennessee and Louisiana. I am an active member of both the Tennessee Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association. I also am actively involved in the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising and the Section of Litigation. I am a regular contributor to the Louisiana Bar Journal and to American Bar Association publications. I am respected by my peers for the thoroughness and quality of my work, frequently working on referral and as local counsel for out of state attorneys.


In health care matters, I represent physicians exclusively. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 90%
    16 years
  2. Health Care: 10%
    16 years



Hourly ($1-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Russell Fletcher Thomas

    Roland has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of franchise related matters. I highly recommend him to franchisors or franchisees seeking superior legal counsel for all of their transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.


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Contact info

4525 Harding Rd Ste 105
Nashville, TN, 37205


LAEligible to practice law199807/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Franchise LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Best of the BarNashville Business Journal2009
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2009
Outstanding Submcommittee ChairAmerican Bar Association, Litigation Section2009
Best of the BarNashville Business Journal2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberBaggott Law, PLLC2002 - Present
General CounselSmoothie King Franchises, Inc.2001 - 2001
Associate AttorneyTaylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe, APLC1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyBlue Wililams, LLP1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Steering CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Nashville Bar Association, Ethics and Professionalism CommitteeMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Forum on Franchising2000 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2003 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Community Ins. Co. v. Rowe, 85 F. Supp. 3d 800 (S.D.O.H. 1999)N/A
Greene County Agricultural Society v. Liming, 89 Ohio St. 3d 551 (2000)N/A
Salley & Salley v. Stoll, 864 So. 2d 698 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2003)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association newsletterFinding a Niche: One Key to Solo Success and Happiness,2009
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Ill. Toll Works Inc. v. Indep. Ink, Inc., 126 S.Ct. 1281 (2006)2007
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Sharp Kabushiki v. Thinksharp, Inc., 448 F.3d 1368 (3d Cir. 2006)2007
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: M2 Software, Inc. v. M2 Communications, Inc., 450 F.3d 1378 (3d Cir. 2006),2007
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: J.G. Wentworth, S.S.C. Limited Partnership v. Settlement Funding d/b/a Peachtree Settlement Funding, F.Supp.2d (E. D. Pa. 2007), 2007 WL 30115,2007
American Bar Association: Raise the Bar: Real World Solutions for a Troubled Profession.Solving the Legal World’s Problems: A Sole Practitioner’s Perspective2007
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Apple Corps Limited v. Apple Computer, Inc., (2006 EWHC 996 (ChD), (2006)2006
Louisiana Bar JournalRecent Developments in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law: 2660 Woodly Road Joint2005
Louisiana Bar JournalDevelopments in Intellectual Property Law: KP Permanent Make-Up, Inc. v. Lasting Impression I, Inc., 125 S.Ct. 542 (2004)2005
Ohio State Journal on Dispute ResolutionNew Legal Frontiers: Dispute Resolution for the Internet1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
Vanderbilt UniversityEnglishOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Transactional Law Practice SeminarBasics of Franchise Law2006