Our Practices

Dedicated to serving the legal needs of municipalities, franchised businesses, employers, and public utilities.  

Our Franchise Experience

Franchise clients of every size choose Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC for a comprehensive scope of business and corporate legal services. We advise clients from start-ups to emerging brands to iconic brands at every step, whether it’s launching a franchise, purchasing or selling a franchise, or merging with another company.

Our franchise team has extensive experience assisting clients in a variety of industries including, but not limited to:

  • Quick-service and dine-in restaurants
  • Lodging and hospitality
  • Automotive services
  • Child care
  • Electronics repair
  • Environmental services
  • Family entertainment
  • Home and lawn services
  • Personal care services
  • Professional services
  • Real estate services
  • Recreational services
  • Retail consumer services
  • Swim schools
Franchise Clients
  • Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers Logo
  • Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool logo
  • El Azteco logo
  • Big Boy logo
  • Appletree early care and preschool logo
  • Menna's Joint logo
  • Neehee's logo
  • Goldfish swim school logo
  • Logo of Brann's Steakhouse and Grill
  • The pump house frozen yogurt bar logo
  • Street craves logo
  • Benito's Pizza logo
  • iCare Repair logo
  • S.W.A.T. Environmental logo
  • Barwis logo
  • Holiday Deli and Ham Company logo
  • PureGreen Lawn and tree professionals logo
  • Aubree's logo
  • Big Boy
  • Pimento's Café & Market
  • Appletree Learning Center
  • El Azteco
  • Brann's Steakhouse & Grille
  • SWAT Environmental
  • Freakin' Unbelievable Burgers
  • Barwis Methods
  • Holiday Deli & Ham Co.
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Menna's Joint
  • Neehee's
  • Auto-Lab
  • Gliden Woods Early Care and Preschool
  • Aubree's Pizzaria
  • Pump House Frozen Yogurt
  • Pure Green Lawn and Tree Professionals

Regardless of the industry in which you operate, our expert team of franchise attorneys will assist you in developing a franchise model to grow your brand.

Start-up Franchise Systems

Whatever the industry, we can help prepare all the necessary legal documents needed to launch and register your franchise successfully while walking you through each step of the process. The sale of franchises is a regulated sale. It is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states. We specialize in making sure you comply with the FTC Franchise Rule and each applicable state law where you plan to offer and sell your franchise, as well as ensuring that you understand your regulatory compliance obligations. Our services include:

Initial Franchising Consultation

Franchising is not for everyone. Your business, your systems, and your goals should all align with franchising. When you become a franchisor, you will be responsible for recruiting and training franchisees, overseeing system operations, building your brand, and providing ongoing support to franchisees. We’ll first discuss with you your objectives and goals to determine whether franchising is right for your business. If franchising is not the right growth strategy for you, we will work with you to develop the growth strategy that works for your brand.

Structuring the Franchisor

To create a sustainable franchise business model, you must first choose the right structure. It’s one of the most important measures you will take in franchising a business, as it ultimately defines the entire company. We’ll advise you in best practices and update you on the latest legal developments, so your franchise system is structured properly from the start.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Our attorneys can draft a FDD that effectively communicates the required disclosures for your business and its offerings. Learn more about Franchise Disclosure Documents

Franchise Agreement and Ancillary Contracts

Our franchise attorneys routinely draft Franchise Agreements, as well as all of the other documents related to the franchise relationship, including agreements related to the underlying real estate, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, noncompetes, guarantees, telephone numbers, and state law based addenda as required by relevant state law.

Trademark Registration

Our trademark attorneys can file any necessary trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If required, we can draft an inter-company license agreement that authorizes use of the intellectual property from your current business entity to the franchise company. Our goal is to help you protect your brand.

State Registration(s)

In addition to federal franchise laws, a number of states have their own franchise and business opportunity laws. Several states require registration of the FDD prior to offering or selling a franchise within the state. We can help you register your franchise offerings in whichever state(s) you wish to offer or sell franchises and monitor your state registrations for annual updating requirements.

Emerging Brands to Iconic Brands

In our many collective years of franchising experience, we have had the pleasure of representing some of the fastest growing and top-ranked franchise brands in the nation. We have worked with some of these brands since their humble beginnings, as well as assisted many that have come to us later in their franchise life cycles seeking legal counsel who can effectively handle complex corporate or other legal issues.

Whether you’re a start-up or mature franchisor, our franchise team is ready to help you cultivate your business and protect your brand. Experience the difference of the FSBR franchise experience.

What Our Franchise Clients Are Saying
"Trustworthy, experienced, protective, and insightful are words I would use to describe Mr. Burzych and his law practice. Mr. Burzych was instrumental in helping us at BD's Mongolian Grill to develop and grow our franchise business. I highly recommend Mr. Burzych for all franchise and general business-related matters."

- Billy Downs / BD's Mongolian Grill & Mongo Consulting, L.L.C.

Is your business ready to franchise or expand?

Whether you are exploring franchising for the first time or operating a well-developed franchise system, our franchise attorneys can answer your questions and advise you on the best course of action.

Request a Franchising Consultation

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