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Accomplishing Your OBJECTIVES Through Drafting, Negotiation or Litigation

We can assist you whether you are starting a franchise, are expanding, or in a dispute.  If you are a franchisee and in need of a legal review of a franchise opportunity and someone to negotiate the related franchise and lease agreements, we can help you.  If you are a franchisor or would like to become one, we can guide through that process and prepare the necessary disclosures, filings and registration.  

If you’re in dispute, we will negotiate, litigate and, if necessary, take a matter to trial to achieve your objectives.  With experience as a general counsel for a franchisor, we understand how franchisors and franchisees approach these issues, which gives us an advantage in advocating on your behalf.  Problems get resolved faster when all parties speak the same language and understand each other’s point of view.  And if the other side is unreasonable, we will be ready to take the matter to court or arbitration.

We have represented everyone from billionaires to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. Let us take care of your legal issues so you can focus on running your business.

“We are passionate about representing franchisees and franchisors—we believe franchising can be the American dream if you have the right lawyer on your side.”

What Our Clients Say

You have a brilliant legal mind, keen business instincts, incredible emotional intelligence, true professional decorum, and a sunny disposition…. We are truly lucky to have you.

Jared T., Amada Senior Care

Both my wife and I own small businesses that over the years have expanded rapidly. I have always looked to Doug for advice on the legal issues that have arisen. We have worked with him both to revise the agreements we use with our business as well as to resolve disputes that have come up. He has wealth of knowledge on the issues that growing businesses face and his counsel has been invaluable.

Lars C., JC's Carpet Cleaning

Doug’s attention to his clients and dedication to his craft shows how he treats all his clients like they’re his family member. If you’re looking for a lawyer to provide assistance with all sorts of business matters, he’s the one to work with! He’ll provide the dedication and attention to detail to help you navigate through any complex legal matter you may face in your normal business operations.

Justin H., 1545 Media

Meet
Doug Luther

  • Franchisor general counsel
  • Verdicts, pre-trial judgments, and settlements amounting to more than $20 million
  • Undefeated at trials and arbitrations first or second chaired
  • Multiple state supreme court decisions unanimously in the clients’ favor
  • Former Chair of the California Lawyers Association’s Franchise Law Committee
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Franchise Times Legal Eagle
  • Past Speaker at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising
  • Published by the Franchise Law Journal
  • Co-author of the California chapter of the Third Edition of the American Bar Association’s Franchise Deskbook.
  • Worked at Global 100 firm Sheppard Mullin and litigation powerhouse Glaser Weil
  • UCLA Law – Business Law and Policy Specialization

Franchise Law Insights

News Releases And Blog Articles

Claims Under the California Franchise Investment Law

What claims can be brought under the California Franchise Investment Law (“CFIL”) and what protections are provided to franchisees.  The CFIL regulates the sale and disclosure of franchise...

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Transferring your Franchise? How to Get the Franchisor’s Consent

It’s possible, even probable, that during the course of your franchise agreement, you’ll want to transfer or assign your franchise.  Whether this is an assignment to heirs or a cash-out to...

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The Inadvertent Franchise – Are You a Franchise Without Knowing It?

How do you know when a license agreement qualifies as a franchise? Under federal and state law, the bar to qualify as a franchise is quite low, and many business arrangements may be surprised to...

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Buying a Franchise Business? A Legal Overview of the Franchising Relationship

Why is franchising important?  According to the U.S. Census Bureau Report (2017 Economic Report), 11.4% of all businesses are franchises.  Franchises are present in 295 countries with over 498,000...

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