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Franchising and Distribution Law

Burch, Porter & Johnson members offer legal services and creative solutions to clients faced with a wide array of franchise and distribution issues. Members of the firm have decades of experience in advising clients regarding franchise formation, franchise relationships and non-franchised dealer/distributor arrangements. Burch, Porter & Johnson regularly represents clients who are seeking advice on becoming franchisors or franchisees, the structuring or operation of franchise and distribution networks, as well as the acquisition and sale of rights under franchise and non-franchise dealer agreements. Our attorneys also assist clients in the negotiation and drafting of franchise agreements, area development agreements, and dealer agreements, along with trademark and technology licenses incident to franchise and dealer relationships.

In addition to business and transactional advice, members of the firm are also very experienced in the successful litigation of disputes arising in the contexts of franchise systems, distribution networks and the relationship between manufacturers, distributors and dealers, including franchise and dealer termination litigation. Burch, Porter & Johnson has represented franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers, distributors and dealers in proceedings in federal and state courts, mediations and arbitrations, as well as before numerous state agencies and administrative bodies.

Burch, Porter & Johnson prides itself on understanding and meeting the individual needs of each client, including the client’s immediate and long-term business objectives and the industry structure and culture in which the client operates.