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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2015 Columbus CEO Top Lawyers||Columbus C.E.O. Magazine||2015|
|Franchise 2015||Who's Who Legal||2015|
|International Who’s Who of Franchising Lawyers||Named in the 2014 International Who’s Who of Franchising Lawyers||2004|
|The Best Lawyers in America||Named in Franchise Law Section of The Best Lawyers in America (1994-1997 and 2005-2014)||1994|
|Shareholder||Zaino Law Group LPA||2009 - Present|
|General Counsel & VP of Franchise Development||Damon's International, Inc.||2005 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1987 - Present|
|Columbus Ohio Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2014 Annual Forum||Views from the Bench||2014|
|ABA Forum on Franchising - Book Chapter||Covenants Against Competition in Franchising (2nd Ed.), (Chapter Author: U.S. Virgin Islands), June 3, 2003; 3rd Edition, due 2012||2012|
|e-Book||How to Buy a Franchise||2011|
|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 Books||Evaluating and Buying a Franchise||1987|
|1 Franchise Law Journal 169||"Ohio's Business Opportunity Law: A Practical Guide," 11 Ohio Northern Law Review 651 (1984); Republished, (1986).||1984|
|Mediate.com University||Mediation||Basic Mediation Training||2015|
|University of Dayton School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1977|
|University of Dayton||Psychology||Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Webinar||Disputes during the Three Phases of a Franchise Relationship||2014|
|American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2014 Annual Forum||Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine||2014|
|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 Show||Franchising: Ohio & Beyond||2011|
|Columbus Accounting Show||Franchising - 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|
Posted by Laurie`
My husband and I reached out to Mr Meaney as we were going through the process of researching franchise opportunities a little over a year ago. Having never owned a business before, we were looking for all the expert advice we could get and Jim had plenty to share.
We were very excited about an opportunity we found and asked Jim to review the FDD. He was not only quick getting back to us but very honest. He called me and explained that he was only an hour or so into the review but didn't feel comfortable with what he was seeing. He wanted to check on my commitment level to this particular franchise before he spent more time (and money) on the review. I asked him to continue, in my eyes this was a perfect fit for me and my family. Jim continued the review. He called me a short time later with a lot of feedback, most of it concerning. He was very honest and made sure that I understood why he was extremely hesitant for us to continue discussions with that company. He knew he was bursting my bubble, but he was pretty sure that it would be a bad decision to purchase that franchise.
After getting over the disappointment and reminding myself that we were relying on him as an expert and therefor should probably follow his advice, we resumed the hunt. In the end we found something even better, Jim agreed after his review, and we couldn't be happier with our decision.
Without his honest feedback we would have made a bad investment and who knows what we would be going through right now. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone considering a franchise opportunity.
Posted by Tom
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.
Posted by anonymous
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.
Gilbert Gradisar, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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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