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Distribution & Franchising

Miles & Stockbridge's Distribution & Franchising lawyers advise franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, sub franchisors and area developers in almost every phase of the franchising process, from business concept creation and refinement and franchise document preparation to regulatory compliance and franchise dispute resolution. Our Lawyers work with the Firm's lawyers in other practices such as intellectual property, merger and acquisition, finance, private equity, securities, and tax to provide cost-effective solutions to complex matters. Our lawyers also work with private and publicly held companies who own and operate local and national distributions systems in all phases of their businesses, including assisting them in complying with regulatory safe-harbors under the Federal and state franchising laws.

Our lawyers are leaders and active members in the International Franchise Association, the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising, and state franchise law organizations. One of our lawyers is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law where he teaches a course in Franchise Law. Our lawyers are frequent writers and speakers on franchise topics.

Our clients include:

  • Fortune 50 companies
  • National manufacturers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Distributors
  • Multi-unit operators
  • Area developers
  • Masters and sub licensors
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity groups