Ansell Grimm & Aaron combines real-world franchise experience with strategic legal counsel to help clients grow their franchise and distribution systems.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Franchise Practice helps franchise and distribution system clients address a wide spectrum of legal issues including franchise compliance and registration, area and master agreements, domestic and international negotiations, marketing, advertising and management agreements, renewals, assignments and also franchisee disputes. Clients seeking to franchise an existing business or planning to buy into an existing system rely on our attorneys’ combination of real-world business experience and franchise law knowledge to preempt and resolve potential exposures and issues across a broad range of industries.

Domestic and international franchising

Whether you are interested in exploring the formation of a domestic franchise system, seeking to grow your existing system or expanding your national brand or system internationally, Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Franchise Practice provides strategic legal advice. Our attorneys help clients create appropriate structures in line with business goals to effectively protect your brand and assist you in effectively managing your relationship with your franchisees or distributors.

With over 40 years’ experience in the franchise and distribution arena, our attorneys regularly counsel and protect franchise companies in their pursuit of domestic and international growth. We assist international companies seeking to expand into the United States and advise and counsel master franchisees, regional and area developers and multi-unit franchisees.

Franchise services

Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Franchise Practice focuses on the representation of franchisors, area franchisors and multi-unit developers, providing strategic advice and tactical solutions that include:

  • Creating an appropriate franchise or distribution structure, one that is right-sized for the present and flexible to expand as conditions warrant;
  • Preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs);
  • Assisting with operational and compliance programs and manuals;
  • Providing trademark registration and the protection of intellectual property, pursuing litigation and arbitration where necessary;
  • Structuring and negotiating master franchise agreements and regional/ area developer programs;
  • Providing compliance and regulatory guidance, including state registration filing and assistance;
  • Creating supply chain and rebate programs;
  • Assisting in all aspects of international expansion;
  • Establishing and effectively managing franchise advisory councils;
  • Assisting franchisors to implement and manage compliance programs to enforce system standards with an emphasis on early intervention and mediation to avoid defaults and terminations;
  • Litigation to enforce franchise and master/area agreement terms and to resolve other franchise system disputes;
  • Providing strategic advice and representation on the acquisition and sale of franchise units and systems;
  • Preparing employment agreements and structuring employee incentive programs for retention of key employees.

A balanced business and legal approach

Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Franchise Practice attorneys have significant real-world experience. Our members have worked as in-house counsel for franchisors, outside counsel to numerous franchise systems and served as business executives in a number of franchise companies operating in the US and internationally. Clients also benefit from our ability to access appropriate legal counsel firmwide, drawing on our members experience in corporate finance, commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, intellectual property, labor and employment, and real estate law. Additionally, Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s lawyers have extensive experience in pre-litigation counseling, litigation, arbitration and mediation in trademark infringement, non-compete, collections, underreporting and encroachment claims.

Franchising Attorneys

Roy W. Hibberd

Lawrence H. Shapiro

James A. Sylvester

Joshua S. Bauchner


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