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I represent franchisors large and small.  (Sorry, but neither I nor my firm represent franchisees.) I bring both business and legal experience to my franchisor clients.  And over 40 years in franchising and fanchise law have taught me there is no substitute for experience.  That experience is particularly helpful to entrepreneurs looking to franhcise their business as I have watched and worked with franchise systems in almost every industry and understand the challenges they face - especially when they start out on the worng foot or with weak initial advice.


 


My clients include franchisors in every stage of their development, and i have worked with them in all areas of their development, including the decision to franchise, preparation and registration of franchise documents, management of franchise relationships, negotiation of supplier and joint venture agreements, and termination of franchise relationships. I have worked with companies ranging in size from startup systems to international franchise systems with thousands of franchisees. I am active in the International Franchise Association, which allows me to keep a pulse on the business side of franchising, as well as the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the preeminent association of lawyers involved in franchising.


 


I am also a certified commercial arbitrator, handling cases involving disputes between franchisors and franchisees, which gives me a unique insight into how courts and arbitration tribunals view disputes. I have also been involved in several dozen mediations, in some cases as the mediator, and in others as the lawyer for the franchisor. I have also been sought out as an expert witness in franchise cases, addressing not only legal issues, but also the custom and practice of franchisors.


    

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Licensed

  1. Franchising: 80%
    39 years
  2. M & A: 15%
    39 years
  3. Corporate: 5%
    39 years

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Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.

7900 Xerxes Av S #1500
Bloomington, MN, 55431-1194

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice197707/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
International Who's WhoInternational Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers2016
Franchise and Dealership LawChambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business2016
Minneapolis Franchise Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderLarkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren1977 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Franchise AssociationLegal/Legeslative Committee1985 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on FranchisingGoverning Committee2001 - 2007
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on FranchisingFinance Officer2001 - 2007
International Franchise AssociationFranchise Relations Committee1995 - 2002
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, The Franchise LawyerCollect Releases Like You Collected Baseball Cards2015
Franchising Business & Law Alert (LJN)Keys For Successfully Mediating Franchise Disputes2015
Franchising Business & Law Alert (LJN)New Arbitration Appelate Procedures Change Playing Field2014
American Bar Association, The Franchise LawyerNASAA Adopts Multi-Unit Commentary2014
Franchise TimesMistakes Happen: To head them off, training program for sales team is a must2014
Franchise TimesWhen Franchisees Struggle, fast action may ward off the worst2013
Franchising WorldReducing Your Brand's Exposure to Liability2013
LQ Patent NewsletterThe 3 Elements to Avoid the Accidental Franchise2012
Franchising WorldAchieving Consolidation and Unit Growth Through Private Equity2012
Franchising Business & Law Alert (LJN)Arbitrate? Litigate? Avoid Both Through Mediation2010
Franchise TimesThe New standards - Keeping the Franchise Brand Relevant by Franchisee Buy-In2010
Franchising WorldTrust: Key to Franchise Relationships2010
UpsizeHow to Know if Your Business is a Franchise2010
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaWolves in Sheep's Clothing: Accidental Franchises May Have Teeth2009
Franchising WorldFranchise Advertising: There;s More to it Than Meets the eye2009
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of FloridaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Franchise Business NetworkMinimizing Indicia of Joint Employer Status2015
Thompson Reuters Online SeminarHelping Your Clients Franchise Their Business2014
Forum on FranchisingCompeting (Franchise) Brands Under Common Ownership2014
International Franchise Association Annual ConferenceFinancial Performance Representation - Buy the Numbers2013
International Franchise Association Legal SymposiumNegotiating With Private Equity Owned franchisees2012
Annual Forum on FranchisingTips, Techniques and Traps for Drafting and Using Financial Performance Representations2012
Annual ConvferenceIssues and Challenges For New Franchisors2012
Annual Forum on FranchisingAdvanced Disclosure Issues: Pushng the Envelope2010
Annual Forum on FranchisingAdvanced Disclosure Issues2010
Annual ConferenceWorking With Financially Distressed Franchisees2010
Legal SymposiumComplying With the Updated and Upgraded FTC Franchise Rule2008
Annual Forum oin FranchisingAnatomy of the Sale of a Brand2008