ERIC H. KARP | PARTNER FRANCHISE LAW | DIVORCE, FAMILY LAW & PROBATE LITIGATION
Mr. Karp serves as counsel to numerous franchisee associations in such chains as 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, Long John Silver’s, TGI Friday’s, Midas, Portable On Demand Storage, Krystal Restaurants, Jackson Hewitt, Dale Carnegie, Remedy Staffing, Pillar to Post, BodyLogic, and Pure Barre. In that capacity, he provides a broad range of advice and guidance to the leadership of the associations on matters including the franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements and issues that affect the relationship between the franchisee community and the franchisor as well as vendors and suppliers to the system. He has represented franchisees throughout the country in a myriad of franchise issues including sales, purchases, relocations, remodels, transfers, defaults and terminations and lease issues.
Mr. Karp is the Immediate Past Chair Chair of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Franchising, having served as its Finance Officer from 2011 to 2016 and the Co-Chair of the 2013 Annual Forum on Franchising meeting. He was also Editor-In-Chief of The Franchise Lawyer from 2008 to 2010 and served on the Section Officers Council of the ABA from 2010 to 2018.
Mr. Karp has been selected multiple times for inclusion as follows:
Mr. Karp served on the Board of Directors of the American Franchisee Association (AFA) for ten years. Mr. Karp also served as Chair of the AFA Model Responsible Franchise Practices Act Committee, was the principal author of the Model Act and served as the Program Chair of the 1999 AFA Franchisee Legal Symposium. Mr. Karp was a member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), a member of its Fair Franchising Standards Committee and Co-Chair of the AAFD 17th Anniversary Conference and Franchisee Leadership Summit in May 2009.
In June 1994 Mr. Karp testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee on "Self-Regulation of Franchising: The IFA Code of Ethics." An elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, Mr. Karp has three times testified before committees of the Massachusetts Legislature on franchise issues, most recently in June 2011. Mr. Karp has provided advice and assistance to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and its staff on proposed federal legislation on franchising.
Since 1996 Mr. Karp has served on the Franchise Project Group of the Franchise and Business Opportunities Committee of the North American Securities Administrators Association. He has ten times been a presenter at the ABA Forum on Franchising, thrice at the International Franchise Association Legal Symposium. He was also an active participant in the debate over the revision of the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Disclosure Rule from 1997 to 2007 and is an equally active participant in the current review of the Rule.
Mr. Karp has periodically been a guest lecturer at Babson College in its MBA program on franchising.
Mr. Karp has also served as a member of the Council of Advisors of the Gerson Lehman Group, an independent primary research firm serving domestic and international business and investment leaders, providing advice and consultation on franchise issues and relationships.
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Mr. Karp has been quoted in numerous media, including MSNBC, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Boston Globe, Franchise Times, State House News Service, CCH Business Franchise Guide, Continental Franchise Review, Optometric Management, Vision Monday, Success Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business Magazine, Realtor Magazine, Income Opportunities Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Mr. Karp is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law.
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