Navigate Franchise and Distribution Issues

Moye White’s Franchise and Distribution Group is organized around our clients’ business and legal needs, allowing us to tackle the wide range of issues facing the franchise and distribution industry in this rapidly evolving business environment. In today’s economy, the distribution and marketing of products and services raises many complex business and legal issues.

Our multi-disciplinary team approach allows us to deliver complete solutions to franchisors, licensors, manufacturers, and others who rely on franchise systems or third party relationships to distribute products and services. Our attorneys represent clients ranging from large private and public multinational companies to start-up franchise and distribution systems, as well as multi-unit developers and operators, investors, private equity funds and venture capital companies contemplating franchise system investment opportunities.

Our clients’ industries include product and service retail, restaurants, food service, manufacturing, healthcare, computers and technology, automotive after-market, and hospitality, as well as consumer services. While many franchise issues are similar between industries, such as vicarious liability, co-branding, brand protection, encroachment and termination, we understand that each industry also has unique considerations that must be addressed.

Moye White’s trial attorneys have extensive experience representing the interests of franchise companies in all types of dispute resolution, including litigation, mediation, and arbitration. The group’s transaction and trial attorneys collaborate closely and are sensitive to franchise issues through years of practice in franchise law.

Our attorneys work with U.S.-based franchisors seeking to expand or establish overseas operations, as well as international companies seeking a strong U.S. presence. We have developed an extensive network of trusted franchise and distribution firms as local counsel in many countries. We are also the only Rocky Mountain region member of the International Alliance of Law Firms, a highly selective consortium of business law firms located around the world. We counsel clients regarding their international business interests through reciprocal relationships with dozens of member firms. Our engagements have included business transactions in the European Community, the Americas, the Middle East, and the Pacific Basin.

Practice Area Contact
Lynne M. Hanson

Co-Chair, Business Section

William F. Jones

Attorney

J. David Arkell

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

James Belgum

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationInsurance

Jack W. Berryhill

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Kelsey R. Bowers

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationInsurance

Abby L. Brown

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionEmploymentLitigation

Theodore B. Brown

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

James R. Cage

Attorney

ConstructionEmploymentIntellectual PropertyLitigationFinancial ServicesInsurance

Vikrama S. Chandrashekar

Attorney

LitigationBrewing and DistillingMedia and EntertainmentCannabis

Jordan L. Cohen, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxPrivate Equity

Frederic K. “Jerry” Conover

Of Counsel

Alternative Dispute ResolutionLitigation

Rebecca B. DeCook

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigationAdvanced EnergyCommunicationsPrivate Equity

Keely C. Downs

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergySustainability

Andrew T. Flynn

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationInsurance

Erik K. Foster

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Paul R. Franke, III

Chair, Litigation Section

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsCommunicationsFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Mike L. Fredregill

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal Estate

Tijana Gavric

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Charles Greenhouse

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsLitigationReal Estate

Scott P. Greiner, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateTaxTrusts and Estates

Lynne M. Hanson

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesFood and BeveragePrivate Equity

Patrick J. Hickey

Attorney

EmploymentLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced Energy

Jessica R. Hunter

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

Scott C. James

Attorney

ConstructionLitigationReal EstateInsurance

Bethany A. Johnson

Attorney

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

William F. Jones

Attorney

Franchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyLitigationReal EstateTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFood and BeverageInsuranceManufacturing

David J. Katalinas

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateFood and Beverage

John W. Kellogg

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyManufacturingPrivate EquityBlockchain Technology

Craig J. Knobbe

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFood and Beverage

David A. Laird

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingConstructionLitigationReal EstateFinancial Services

Eric B. Liebman

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsConstructionEmploymentLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLitigationReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsTrusts and EstatesAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesInsuranceLaw Firms & LawyersCannabis

Thomas M. List

Managing Partner

Commercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionEmploymentLitigationReal Estate

Stephanie D. Loughner

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentReal Estate

Charles F. Luce, Jr.

Attorney

Intellectual PropertyLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityLaw Firms & LawyersSoftware and Technology

Christopher E. McCall

Attorney

Administrative LawEmploymentLitigation

Marilyn W. McWilliams

Attorney

TaxTrusts and Estates

John E. Moye

Attorney

Business and CorporateLaw Practice, Regulation, Ethics, and Professional LiabilityMergers and AcquisitionsFinancial ServicesLaw Firms & Lawyers

Dean Nakayama

Executive Director

Edwin A. Naylor

Attorney

Business and CorporateIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsManufacturing

Nicholas M.P. Reckman

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesFood and Beverage

Kelly Reiman, LL.M. (Tax)

Co-Chair, Business Section

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateTaxManufacturingPrivate Equity

Dean Richardson

Vice Chair, Litigation Section

Franchise and DistributionLitigationReal EstateCannabis

Lucas T. Ritchie

Attorney

Business and CorporateEmploymentLitigationSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesInsurancePrivate Equity

Zaki Robbins

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital Markets

Carrie A. Rodgers

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionConstructionLitigation

Patricia J. Rogers

Attorney

Business and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial ServicesPrivate EquityBlockchain TechnologySustainability

David C. Roos

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services

Amy H. Ruhl

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal Estate

Dominick Sekich

Attorney

Business and CorporateReal EstateAdvanced EnergyBrewing and DistillingCommunicationsFood and BeverageManufacturingMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologySustainability

Lorni Sharrow, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Trusts and Estates

Rebecca Smock

Attorney

Business and CorporateFranchise and DistributionIntellectual PropertyMergers and AcquisitionsFood and BeverageMedia and EntertainmentSoftware and TechnologyCybersecurity and Data Breach Defense

Eric V. Snyder

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsBusiness and CorporateCommercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentConstructionMergers and AcquisitionsMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Rose Standifer

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyPrivate EquitySoftware and Technology

Jennifer L. Stenman

Co-Chair, Real Estate Section

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingCommerical Real Estate DevelopmentMultifamily and CondoReal EstateAdvanced EnergyFinancial Services

Timothy M. Swanson

Attorney

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ RightsCommercial and Real Estate LendingLitigationFinancial Services

Kristen L. Sweat, LL.M. (Tax)

Attorney

Business and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsTaxTrusts and EstatesBrewing and DistillingFinancial ServicesPrivate Equity

Jake J. Tiernan

Attorney

Commercial and Real Estate LendingCommercial Real Estate LeasingMultifamily and CondoReal EstateBrewing and Distilling

Edward D. (Ted) White

Attorney

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBusiness and CorporateMergers and AcquisitionsReal EstateSecurities & Capital MarketsAdvanced EnergyFinancial ServicesPrivate EquitySustainability

Rachel Yeates

Attorney

Business and CorporateLitigationRegulatory and Enforcement DefenseSecurities & Capital MarketsFinancial Services