Mr. Fransway concentrates his practice in franchise, distribution, trademark and unfair competition law. He serves as primary franchise counsel for a number of national franchisors, and he helps them comply with disclosure and registration requirements under the Federal Trade Commission and various state laws. He is also an expert in all aspects of franchise contract enforcement, including covenants not to compete, trademark infringement, and post-termination remedies, both in court and in arbitration.
Michigan State UniversityB.S., 1972
University of Houston Law CenterJ.D., 1977
- magna cum laude
University of Houston Law CenterLL.M., Taxation, 1987
- The Best Lawyers in America, Franchise Law, 2013-present
- DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Franchise Law, 2012, 2015-2016; Intellectual Property Law, 2012-2013
- Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2012-2014
- Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems, Inc.
- Critter Control, Inc.
- The Coffee Beanery, Ltd.
- Cottage Inn Carryout & Delivery, Inc.
- Retro Fitness, LLC
Drafting of franchise disclosure documents for new and established franchisors
Registration of franchise offerings in all franchise registration states
Representation of franchisors in regulatory enforcement proceedings
Enforcement of franchise agreements and related litigation and arbitration
Domestic and foreign trademarks, including trademark prosecution, portfolio management, and availability counseling
Licensing of trademarks, copyrights, software, entertainment and information technology
Counseling on intellectual property aspects of acquisition transactions
Litigation of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and Internet law matters
Representation as primary internal franchise counsel for large international restaurant franchisor
Defense of class action lawsuit asserting disclosure violations against national franchisor
Enforcement of post termination covenant not to compete for national franchisor through preliminary and permanent injunction in federal court and recovery of substantial arbitration award
Primary counsel for national franchised sign company in purchase of competing franchised sign system
Primary trademark counsel for 100 year old household brand in its international operations including trademark registration, maintenance and litigation for its trademark portfolio in over 80 countries
Primary trademark counsel for large national university in all aspects of its licensing program, trademark enforcement and registration, brand identity program and availability counseling
Representation of large, multi-system franchisee in all aspects of operation, including management of its real estate portfolio, interactions with its franchisors and multimillion dollar acquisitions of other franchised operations.
Representation of local public television station in acquisition and management of its intellectual property portfolio.
- American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
- International Franchise Association Supplier Forum
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- Founding Director, Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership
- Families Against Narcotics, Inc.
- Trustee, Charter Township of Lyon (Oakland County, Michigan)
- International Franchise Association Legal Symposium: Franchise Litigation
- International Franchise Association Legal Symposium: Vicarious Liability Arising from Franchisor Control of the Operation of the Franchised Business
- International Franchise Association Legal Symposium: Basic Track – Intellectual Property