Burns & Levinson’s Franchise group has experience representing both franchisors and franchisees across a broad spectrum of industries and substantive matters. The Franchise group incorporates a team-oriented, cross-disciplinary approach to ensure our clients receive the necessary levels of experience required in every aspect of their franchise matters. Burns & Levinson’s Franchise group is made up of leaders in the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Employment, and Real Estate practices.

representative engagements

  • Advising and counseling regarding rights under contracts and state/federal law, and antitrust concerns of franchise associations
  • Advising on, creating and implementing optimal business organization governance and tax structures
  • Employment and consumer related issues
    Advising and implementing on disclosures, registration, entity forms and related financing issues and business/personal tax aspects
  • Enforcing and defending against non-competition clauses and terminations of franchises
    Perfection and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and avoiding infringement of IPR
  • Drafting, negotiating and amending franchise and area development agreements, offering circulars and disclosure documents
  • Representing parties in litigation over contract rights and related statutory rights
  • Working with lobbyists as legislative counsel drafting legislation and proposed amendments, and drafting legal/factual memoranda in support of or in opposition to pending franchise legislation
  • Testifying before legislative committees regarding proposed franchise legislation
  • Negotiating financing
  • Negotiating leases
  • Representing franchisors and franchisees on bankruptcy-related issues


Industry Experience

  • Accounting Services
  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • Business Services
  • Campgrounds
  • Food Industry – Restaurants and Suppliers
  • Health Clubs
  • Oil/Gas Industry
  • Printing Services




Meet the team