New York City Franchise Law
With more than 30 years of franchise law experience, attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein provides knowledgeable advice and strategic representation for prospective and current franchisees in New York City. Franchising is a unique industry that is governed by a complex set of state laws and federal regulations, and franchisees need experienced legal representation that can level the playing field in negotiations, arbitration and litigation.
Our Franchise Law Services
Our firm represents new and existing franchisees in all franchise-related legal matters. By focusing exclusively on franchise law, we are able to provide insightful representation based on real-world experience in a wide range of franchise-related transactions and disputes.
Franchise Agreement Review and Negotiation
If you are thinking about buying a franchise in New York City or elsewhere, it is essential to have the franchisor’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and franchise agreement reviewed by an attorney. We provide three tiers of franchise review services at flat rates, and if necessary we can seek to negotiate key provisions of the franchise agreement with your franchisor. For more information about the legal considerations involved in buying a franchise, we encourage you to read:
- Considering a Franchise? An Overview of the Franchise Buying Process
- 10 Key Considerations for Due Diligence in Purchasing a Franchise
- Top 10 Worst Provisions in a Franchise Agreement
While often described as a “right” to renew, renewing a franchise is typically an exercise in satisfying the franchisor’s desire for stability and system uniformity. We represent New York City franchisees in all aspects of the franchise renewal process, from addressing alleged defaults (which the franchisor may assert as grounds to deny renewal) to negotiating key provisions of the franchisor’s “then-current” form of franchise agreement.
Franchise terminations (including terminations initiated by both franchisors and franchisees) are often ripe for litigation, and franchisees who are facing termination or who have already been terminated must be sure to protect their legal and financial interests. We routinely represent franchisees in termination-related matters including:
- Franchisor breach of contract
- Franchisor fraud
- Default-based terminations
- Wrongful non-renewal
- Wrongful termination
Franchise Arbitration and Litigation
While generally considered means of last resort, arbitration and litigation can sometimes be necessary for protecting franchisees’ contractual and statutory rights. Whether your franchise agreement includes a mandatory arbitration provision or you are facing a potential lawsuit from your franchisor, we can help you assess your options and execute a strategy for protecting your business as cost-effectively as possible.
Representation of Franchisee Groups and Franchise Associations
We represent groups of franchisees and franchise associations in disputes with franchisors. We also advise New York City franchisees on the formation of groups and associations, and we can help you understand the benefits and risks involved in being affiliated with a franchisee group or association.
Call the Goldstein Law Firm for a Free Consultation
If you would like more information about our firm and the services we offer to franchisees in New York City, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation. To speak with attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein about your situation, please call (202) 293-3947 or inquire online today.