Franchise, Dealer & Distributor Disputes

When it comes to franchise, dealer and distributor disputes, our attorneys understand the importance of enforcing agreements between franchisors and franchisees and manufacturers and distributors.

Each of our attorneys has years of experience representing all aspects of these critical relationships and can identify and avoid common challenges, seek out advantageous opportunities and quickly and effectively manage and resolve disputes.

Our attorneys handle every aspect of franchise representation, from advising on drafting and modifying franchise agreements, training managers in how to avoid disputes, and advising clients on how to limit access to trade secrets and other sensitive material.  We also counsel clients on issues that can crop up in these relationships such as terminations, transfers, restructuring, royalties and fulfilling state and federal business and regulatory requirements.

When disputes arise, we bring a deep breadth of experience in negotiating favorable solutions in alternative dispute resolution with franchisees, suppliers, other franchisors, distributors and government agencies.  When all else fails, our team of accomplished litigators step in to protect our clients’ interests in legal proceedings and in court and before state administrative bodies.

Although Seyfarth has a diverse practice in representing a wide range of businesses and industries, we are proud of our extensive experience in representating motor vehicle dealer manufacturers.  Experience in this industry depends on our broad understanding of state motor vehicle statutes, the federal Automobile Dealer Day in Court Act and common law.  Our national presence, coupled with a track record of success in this field, provide our clients with a competitive edge.