Franchise & Sales Representation

Burr & Forman helps businesses develop regional and national franchise opportunities at every level. Our experience includes advising franchisors and franchisees on federal and state disclosure requirements, as well as assisting franchisors in navigating state franchise and business opportunity registration processes. We coordinate and maintain multi-state franchise registrations, renewals and amendments for clients in a variety of industries.

Manufacturers and franchisors, as well as their sales representatives and franchisees, rely on the Burr & Forman team for the preparation, defense, and enforcement of their agreements. Our attorneys assist clients in understanding and enforcing their rights and obligations under state relationship laws affecting dealerships, distributorships, and franchises. The firm also represents several clients on a national basis in franchise, dealership and manufacturer’s representative termination suits.

Our comprehensive experience includes:

  • Drafting and Negotiating Franchise Agreements
  • Federal and State Disclosure Requirements
  • Franchise Acquisitions
  • Franchise Asset Purchases and Sales
  • Intellectual Property and Trademarks
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Wrongful Termination of Franchise

Our Attorneys

Edward Brown
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4292
(404) 214-7947
Edward
Edward Christian
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5155
(205) 244-5620
Edward
Jennifer Dean
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5419
(205) 244-5647
Jennifer
Robert Lockwood
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4269
(404) 214-7952
Robert
April Mason
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5459
(205) 244-5747
April

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Served as local counsel for our client's acquisition of 11 franchised quick service restaurants located in Alabama. Representation involved advising on numerous real estate issues and certain lease negotiations.
  • Served as counsel in connection with our client's acquisition of 72 franchised restaurants located in the Austin, Texas area. Our work included the coordination and analysis of due diligence, the review of all existing leases to determine material provisions and landlord consent rights, the negotiation of landlord consents in connection with transaction approval, the negotiation of new leases with the seller's principal to avoid acquisition of fee-owned real estate, assistance in the implementation of financing, and coordination of franchisor agreements and requirements.
  • Represented a local restaurant chain including 19 locations in the sale to a private equity. Our representation included all aspects of the transaction, including drafting and negotiation of the definitive agreements, rollover equity agreements, employment agreements, franchise issues and minority owner repurchases. Subsequent to the sale, we continued to represent the company with respect to franchisee repurchases, employment matters, financing and other general corporate matters.
  • Served as counsel in connection with a hybrid sale of assets and equity by two affiliated clients involving 235 franchised quick-service restaurant properties located in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Our work included the coordination of due diligence responses on behalf of the seller, the review of all existing leases to determine material provisions and landlord consent rights, the negotiation of landlord consents in connection with transaction approval, assistance in the implementation of financing, and coordination of franchisor agreements and requirements. The transaction also included a contemporaneous sale-leaseback of 27 fee simple properties, which we negotiated and closed.
  • Represented franchisee in negotiation of Area Development Agreement and Franchise Agreement for regional concept. Representation included review of FDD and negotiation of Area Development Agreement and Franchise Agreement.