Chicago Dealership Law

Owning a franchised dealership in Illinois involves a unique set of legal challenges. While many dealers are able to find success operating under the franchise model, many others struggle to make ends meet while abiding by the restrictions imposed by their manufacturers. At the Goldstein Law Firm, we bring more than 30 years’ experience to representing dealers in the Chicago area, and we have received worldwide recognition for our devotion to protecting the interests of franchisees and dealers.

Experienced Legal Representation for Chicago-Area Dealership Owners

Led by franchisee lawyer Jeffrey M. Goldstein, our firm provides experienced legal representation for dealership owners in transactional and dispute resolution matters. Our services include:

Review and Negotiation of Dealership Agreements

We can review the terms of your proposed dealership agreement and advise you of any specific concerns that warrant negotiation. If desired, we can also represent you in negotiations with your franchisor.

Dealership Agreement Renewals and Transfers

We have significant experience representing franchisees and dealers in renewal negotiations and during the transfer process. In both circumstances, satisfying a franchisor’s or manufacturer’s conditions can be among the most-significant hurdles that need to be overcome, and we have successfully helped many of our clients renew and transfer their agreements on favorable terms.

Dealership Arbitration and Litigation

We have handled complex disputes in arbitration and state and federal litigation involving a wide range of legal issues. Like all aspects of our practice, in dealership arbitration and litigation, we exclusively represent dealers – never the manufacturers. Our experience includes helping dealers protect their interests in formal and informal dispute resolution proceedings involving:

  • Antitrust violations
  • Dealership agreement disputes
  • Enforcement of mandatory mediation and arbitration clauses
  • Enforcement of post-termination obligations
  • Fraud, misrepresentations and franchise disclosure violations
  • Price discrimination
  • Pricing and contract disputes with suppliers
  • Termination without “good cause”
  • Territory encroachment
  • Trademark rights

When facing a potential legal dispute, and particularly a dispute that has the potential to lead to termination, being proactive is generally the best way for dealers to protect their financial interests. If you would like to discuss your options in confidence, we encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.

Group and Association Matters

In addition to representing individual dealers in transactional matters and litigation involving suppliers and manufacturers, we also have substantial experience representing groups of franchisees and franchisee associations. If you share common goals with other dealers in the system, we can help you understand the benefits and limitations of taking action as a group or forming an association. If you are a member of a franchisee association that is considering aggressive action, we can help you assess the risks and represent the association in its communications with your manufacturer.

Contact the Goldstein Law Firm

For more information about our services, please contact our offices to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. From Chicago, please call (202) 293-3947 or send us a message online and we will make arrangements for you to speak with attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein as soon as possible.

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Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC

1629 K St. NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-293-3947
Fax: 202-315-2514

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