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For for than 25 years, Doug has served as a trial lawyer representing franchisors and suppliers in connection with disputes with their franchisees and distributors. Doug also devots significant time providing antitrust and distribution counseling, and has assisted several clients with the evaluation and acquisition of other franchise and distribution companies.  The following is a representative sample of matters Doug has handled in recent years: 

  • Assisted oil company in the acquisition of refinery and marketing assets in Southern California, counseled investor group in acquisition of majority interest in fast food franchise company, and assisted company in acquisition of coffee franchise system. 

  • Defended oil company from claims by former Alaska Jobber and dealer alleging it was forced out of business by company’s price discrimination and violations of duty of good faith. 

  • Defended various franchisors from claims in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, and elsewhere by franchisees claims sale of franchise was induced by misrepresentations or violations of applicable disclosure obligations. 

  • Defended various beer suppliers from claims for wrongful termination. 

  • Defended soft drink supplier from claims from former bottler and distributor claiming that distribution agreement was a franchise” under applicable state franchise statute. 

  • Prosecuted claims by manufacturers of cosmetics and candles against competitors based on competitors’ use of product packaging deceptively similar to clients’ packaging. 

  • Prosecuted claims against former franchisees for breach of post-term, and in-term covenants against competition. 

  • Defended franchising company from class action by consumers in connection with fees charged for debit card transactions.



Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 60%
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
  3. Antitrust: 20%

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Contact info

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


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2015
International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2015Law Business Research Ltd2015
Super Lawyerssuper Lawyers2015
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2014Law Business Research Ltd2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013Law Business Research Ltd2013
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMiller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013 - Present
Canadian Franchise AssociationAssociate Member2012 - Present
International Franchise AssociationAssociate Member1999 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Antitrust Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Bowling Green State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Seminar GroupFranchise Law Update2007
Lorman Educational ServicesRemedies Available under the Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act2007
IFA ConventionProtecting Your Trademark2007
Franchise Business Network Regional MeetingThe Top Ten Problems Faced by Franchisees in Their Adolescence2007
IFA Legal SymposiumDue Diligence in Buying and Selling Franchise Companies2006