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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 agreements, area representative agreements, and distribution agreements.  He also assists our clients with franchise registration and regulatory compliance, and advises franchisors on franchisee terminations, renewals, and other relationship issues, and on buying and selling franchise companies and franchised businesses.  David works with our clients in an outside general counsel capacity, interfacing with company owners and officers on general corporate matters and corporate governance, business transactions, vendor, supplier and manufacturing agreements, licensing agreements, financing, and employment issues.


In addition, David has a variety of experience representing clients in litigation, including termination and non-renewal disputes with franchisees, trademark infringement suits, claims under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and the Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act, actions involving beverage and product distribution rights, claims concerning the unintentional formation of franchises, suits against residential real estate agents and brokerages, and the defense of product liability actions.


David also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and chairs the firm’s Attorney Hiring Committee.  


Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 100%

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  • Mario Manuel Cava

    I have known Mr. Byers in the context of his work on the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. He is active on the Committee, smart, and practices law with integrity. He is a Superb lawyer worthy of a strong endorsement here.


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Contact info

Pier 70
2801 Alaskan Way Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98121-1128


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMemberN/A
International Franchise AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
Idaho State BarMemberN/A
American and District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle University Law ReviewState Regulation of Franchising: The Washington Experience Revisited2009
ABA Forum on FranchisingLitigating Disclosure Claims2008
Franchise Law JournalOpen Price Agreements: Posted Prices and the Appropriate Standard for Good Faith Pricing2007
Franchise Law JournalClosing the Door on Efforts to Create a Franchisor Duty of Competence2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Claremont McKenna CollegeGovernment and International AffairsBA1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Franchise Business Network Regional MeetingIs Your Franchise System Making the Best Use of Technology? Learn How Tech-Savvy Franchisors Are Planning for the Future2008
Franchise Business Network Regional MeetingWeathering the Storm: How Franchise Companies Are Surviving and Adapting to the Current Economic Climate2008
The Seminar GroupFranchising2007
Lorman Educational ServicesFranchise Law in Washington2007
Franchise Business Network Regional MeetingThe Top Ten Problems Faced by Franchisees in Their Adolescence2007
Franchise Business Network Regional MeetingPartnering with Charities–The Benefits to Your Team and Brand Promotion2006
Business Network Regional MeetingCross-Border Franchising Between the U.S. and Canada2005
Washington State Bar Association Business Law SectionFranchise Law UpdateN/A