Franchise & Licensing Law

The Franchise and Licensing industry group at Clark Hill is made up of experienced lawyers representing clients involved in all aspects of franchising and licensing.  With challenging market conditions of today’s economy weighing heavy on resources, there is little room for error.  Clark Hill’s no-nonsense approach is intended to achieve efficient practical legal solutions and protections to give your business the best chance of success.

With hundreds of concepts and systems promoted every year providing unique risks and opportunities, you want a legal team that is committed and experienced on your side.

Whether starting your first venture, or expanding into new markets, we take pride in building success stories on location at a time.

Our Expertise:

  • Franchise Structuring
  • Franchise Disclosure and Registration
  • Enforcement, Work-Out and Collections
  • Licensing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Employment & Labor 
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark / Trade Name Registration
  • Leasing and Site Development
  • Capital Structuring and Financing
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Environmental Law


Franchise Law and Litigation - Litigated antitrust claims against franchisors.

Franchise Law and Litigation - Litigated/defended franchisor in suit brought against the franchisor by franchisee for alleged breach/violation of the applicable franchise agreement.

Franchise Law and Litigation - Successfully defended franchisor against litigation brought by Pennsylvania Attorney General for alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Act.

Franchise Law and Litigation - Litigated franchisees’ rights against franchisor.

Franchise Law and Litigation - Pursued franchisor's rights against franchisee.

Franchise Law and Litigation - Negotiated terms of franchise agreements.

Successfully represented mall developer in multi-million dollar contract and tort action against shopping center chain involving real estate disputes, lease disputes, intentional interference claims and related contract and tort claims. Jury Trial, Johnstown, Pennsylvania