FRANCHISE & BUSINESS LAW | THE ATTORNEYS
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP provides representation to many growing and start-up businesses in a wide variety of contexts, including incorporation, labor matters and litigation of commercial disputes, as well as employment discrimination and consumer fraud claims.
The firm has represented franchisees throughout the country in a myriad of franchise issues, including sales, relocations, remodels, renewals, transfers, defaults, terminations, cooperative advertising disputes, system standards issues and encroachment disputes, as well as issues that typically arise upon termination, expiration, or non-renewal, such as enforcement of covenants not to compete, de-identification, and related trademark matters. We also provide counseling and analysis with respect to the sale, renewal, and termination of franchises, as well as advice pertaining to various issues associated with franchise agreements and disclosure requirements.
The firm serves as counsel to numerous franchisee associations in such chains as McDonald’s, Choice Hotels, Dunkin Donuts, Popeye’s Chicken, Cartridge World, Jackson Hewitt, TCBY Yogurt, Portable On Demand Storage, Colors on Parade, Fitness Together, Resort Maps, 1-800-Radiators, and Massage Envy.
The firm is also well known for its work in the area of Divorce, Family Law & Probate Litigation.
• Franchiseee Associations Friend or Foe
"As the leader of the independent association of Dunkin Donuts Franchisees, it is critically important to me and to our Board to have access to the best and brightest when it comes to franchise law. Eric not only brings that to the table, but his years of experience practicing franchise law give him the ability to analyze complex situations with historical and industry wide reference that gives those involved a better sense of both pitfalls and the possibilities. He is an extremely valuable member of our team."
Jim Coen, President
DD Independent Franchise Owners, Inc.