Franchise & Distribution

Franchise businesses account for almost 50% of all retail sales in the United States and Canada. In the United States, one new franchised business is opened every 8 minutes of every business day. Canada has the second largest franchise industry in the world, led only by the U.S.

Dickinson Wright is one of only a few law firms with franchise lawyers in both the United States and Canada. As a law firm with more than 450 lawyers with 18 offices, we have the expertise to assist you in all matters pertaining to franchise law. Dickinson Wright also has the ability to assist franchise clients who require advice in other areas of law, such as corporate structuring, tax, employment, real estate, and intellectual property.

Dickinson Wright has extensive experience acting on behalf of franchisors, franchisees and distributors operating in North America and beyond in a wide range of industries. Our clients range from start-up systems, to regional/master franchisees, to vast franchise and distribution systems operating internationally.

We draft and review all types of legal documents specific to franchising, product and service distribution, manufacturing agreements, product licensing, and intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights. Because of our experience acting on behalf of franchisors and franchisees, we understand the nuances of each perspective, especially when handling franchisee default and termination situations, including lease terminations, realization on assets and security, receiverships, bankruptcy and injunctions to enforce non-competition provisions of franchise license agreements.

We are dedicated to obtaining positive results for our clients in a way that is cost-effective and tailored to meet the particular needs and budgeting of our clients. Our team would be pleased to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss any franchise matter requiring legal assistance.

To learn more about major areas of our Franchise & Distribution practice, please select from among the following: 

Starting a Franchise System 

Growing a Franchise System 

Cross-Border Franchising

Franchise Dispute Resolution