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Stanley M. Dub

Franchising Attorney at Shaker Hts., OH

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 48 years
    New York - NY 38 years
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1975
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stanley

Learn Stanley’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Franchising
    Mr. Dub has prepared and registered franchise disclosure documents for new franchisors, reviewed dozens of franchise packages for individuals considering purchase of a franchise, and represented both franchisors and franchisees in disputes relating to the franchise relationship. On numerous occasions he successfully represented franchisees seeking to exit their franchise systems, be released from their non-compete obligations, or recover damages from the franchisor for disclosure violations.

    35 years

  2. Business
    Mr. Dub has negotiated and documented a great many complex business arrangements, including acquisitions valued up to $100 million, and many complex real estate purchase or leasing arrangements.

    49 years

I represent both franchisors and franchisees in franchise disputes.  I also teach Franchise Law as Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve Un iuversity Law School.  I often serve as expert witness on franchise law issues, with special emphasis on Ohio's Business Opportunity Act.  I helped form the Committee of the Ohio Bar Association that wrote the 2012 amendments to the Act, and I served on the Committee and testified on the Bill before a Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives.


I prepare FDD's for franchisors, and review FDD's and other franchise documents for would-be franchise buyers.


I've helped dozens of franchisees terminate their franchise, and sometimes received cash settlements for them.  I've also helped franchisees negotiate better renewal contracts, and helped resolve franchise disputes in cases that did not result in terminations.


I also provide services to franchisee associations.


I was named a Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio in the franchise law category by Inside Business magazine for 13 consecutive years ending in 2012, when the magazine stopped publishing.  I've been named a Super Lawyer in Ohio numerous times, including in 2003, and each year from 2013-2019.





Stanley M. Dub Co. LPA
20600 Chagrin Blvd #400
Shaker Hts., OH, 44122


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Posted by Larry | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer to represent Franchisees
Stan Dub provided excellent assistance to a group of Ohio franchisees who had significant issues with the General Franchisor. Stan was extremely knowledgeable and helped our group reach a very satisfactory settlement. Stan was fundamental in reaching this favorable conclusion.
Posted by Holly | March 1, 2015
Franchise Disclosure Package Evaluation
My husband and I were considering taking advantage of a franchise opportunity with a California-based franchisor. After visiting one of the established franchise locations in CA, we liked the business model and thought that the service would be well-received in the Cleveland area. We were very close to committing, but wanted a attorney to review the franchise disclosure package. Mr. Dub quickly reviewed the disclosure package and provided a detailed analysis which highlighted a number of things in the agreement which were, "one-sided in needless ways" and which did not, "accommodate the business realities of this new franchisor situation". We shared Mr. Dub's suggested modifications with the franchisor, however there was no room for flexibility with regard to the agreement. In the end, we walked away from this opportunity. While many people could have been successful with the franchise, Mr. Dub helped us to recognize that it was a lot to risk on something that did not fully meet our expectations and requirements. His council was an invaluable investment that undoubtedly saved us a great deal of resources in the long run. He is truly a subject matter expert.
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Posted by Allan | November 19, 2014
Peer review by Conn. attorney who is on Governing Committee of ABA Forum on Franchising
Stan is one of the outstanding practitioners on our field.I recommend him without hesitation as counsel in the area of his specializations. He is very well informed, articulate , astute , responsive and a delight to work with.He writes beautufully. And, he one advantage shared by no one else in our group of several thousand of the leading franchise law practiotioners : he is an expert bridge player.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2014
We used Stanley Dub for a franchise issue. He was very quick with his responses and took care of all our issues within a short time frame. Thanks to Stanley we settled our grievance quickly and with a favorable outcome.
Posted by Stacy | November 18, 2014
Wonderful, thoughtful help when needed most
Atty. Dub found a unique perspective to a tricky franchise problem I was dealing with. He found the answer no one else could see, and helped me resolve my issue timely, with a very positive end result. I can't thank him enough for his help. His expertise was invaluable! Highly recommend!
Posted by Karl | November 18, 2014
Answer to Prayer
I hired a law firm that did not know what they were doing to help me create my FDD. I got away from them when I found Stan. Thanks to Stan we now have up to date documents with today's franchise law. Stan was referred to me by another firm I was talking to because they felt he would be best for us because this is his specialty. I felt very comfortable with him right away. We just started franchising in 2014 and already sold 5 franchises with several more pending. The FDD Stan wrote has been reviewed by many law firms and everything has checked out right. I feel very good about all the support that Stan has given us to begin our Franchise business. He has been fantastic to work with. He is very professional and tells it like it is. He is a no nonsense straight shooter. I highly recommend Stan if your looking to launch a franchise or need franchise support. Also if you need legal counsel if you bought a franchise Stan can help.
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Posted by Carol | November 18, 2014
Franchise Owner/President
I chose Stanley Dub to review my franchise agreement and assist me in negotiating my franchise renewal. I chose him because of his vast experience in franchise law and knowledge of franchise agreements. There were many items in the agreement that I wanted to change as well as items that Stan advised could become potential problems. He communicated and negotiated with the corporate attorneys in a very timely and professional manner. I recently signed my franchise renewal and I am very satisfied with the results Stan was able to obtain. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone looking for legal advice on franchise agreements and law.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor (Franchise Law) Part Time
  • Case Western Reserve School Of Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Principal
  • Stanley M. Dub Co.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gallagher Sharp
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
  • 1989 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs
  • 1985 - 1989
  • VP General Counsel
  • Felton International
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Group Counsel, Asst. Secretary
  • SCM Corporation
  • 1980 - 1984
  • Senior Attorney
  • Diamond Shamrock Corporation
  • 1975 - 1980
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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975


  • American Bar Association, Franchising Forum
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer in Ohio (Franchising)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer in Ohio (Franchising)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer in Ohio (Franchising)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2010
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2007
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2006
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2005
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2004
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer in Ohio
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2003
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2002
  • Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio (Franchising)
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2001
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  • Franchise Law Journal (ABA)
  • What's In a Name: State Business Opportunity Statutes as Franchise Disclosure Laws
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Stanley
Franchising Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Dub has displayed his extensive knowledge of franchise law and regulations with his AVVO answers. He would be an excellent resource in this regard."
Franchising Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Other
"I know Stan through the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. We are both members and have participated in forum programs and events together. He is experienced in franchise law and is one of the people I turn to if I need assistance in Ohio."
Franchising Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Franchising Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Dub on various franchising matters, as well as requested that Mr. Dub serve as an expert witness in an arbitration matter on behalf of my client. Mr. Dub is a top franchising attorney in Ohio. I would recommend him for all matters related to franchising."
Franchising Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stan is very skilled in the area of franchise law from both the franchisor and franchisee perspective. I have retained him as an expert on franchise related issues. He also has expertise with repsect to estate planning and drafting contracts."
Franchising Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've opposed him a number of times in cases, and once he served as an expert witness for the party I opposed. He's razor sharp, fights ferociously for his clients, and knows franchise law inside and out."
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