There are nearly a million franchised businesses in the United States—all of which are subject to a myriad of state and federal franchise and distribution laws. Ice Miller’s franchise team represents both franchisors and franchisees, working to achieve their business goals within this legal framework. Our depth of experience representing franchise clients allows us to take an efficient and results-oriented approach that puts our clients’ needs at the forefront.

Our Services
Ice Miller’s team provides legal services to franchisors and franchisees of various sizes through all stages of franchise development and in a broad range of practice areas. Ice Miller’s services include:
 
  • Assistance with establishing a new franchise
  • Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing franchise agreements and other contracts
  • Protection of intellectual property, including registration and prosecution of trademarks
  • Advice on compliance with state and federal franchise and business opportunity laws
  • Assistance with supplier relationships, technology and communications
  • Employee and labor relations
  • All aspects of litigation and dispute resolution
  • Real estate
  • Environmental issues
  • Risk management
Franchise Litigation Services
Ice Miller’s litigators have handled a broad spectrum of business disputes involving franchise issues, including disputes over the existence a franchise relationship, validity and enforcement of franchise or dealership agreements, state franchise law requirements, intellectual property disputes, termination of franchise or dealership agreements, antitrust issues, dealership issues and numerous others.
 
Franchise Corporate and Business Services
All franchises have different legal needs. Whether you are a company seeking to franchise your existing business model, or part of an established franchise looking to protect your success, we can bring together the right team to meet your goals. Ice Miller’s diversity and experience allow us to provide legal advice to franchise clients in all types of business situations, including creating the franchise agreement, preparing and filing the uniform offering circular, developing and reviewing contracts, structuring real estate deals, and complying with state and federal laws and regulations.

Representative Experience

  • Chupp v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., 990 N.E.2d 993 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Super 8 Motels, Inc. v. Rahmatullah, 2009 WL 2905463 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 9, 2009)
  • Moran Foods, Inc. v. Mid-Atlantic Market Development Co., LLC, 476 F.3d 436 (7th Cir. 2007)
  • Carrel v. George Weston Bakeries Dist., Inc., 2007 WL 2827405 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 25, 2007)
  • Blimpie Intern., Inc. v. Choi, 822 N.E.2d 1091 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • RWJ Companies, Inc. v. Equilon Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US, 2005 WL 3544295 (S.D. Ind. Dec. 28, 2005)
  • Creative Foods of Ind., Inc. d/b/a My Favorite Muffin and Bagel Café v. My Favoriate Muffin, Too, Inc., 2002 WL 244577 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 14, 2002)
  • Deans v. Tutor Time Child Care Sys. Inc., 982 F.Supp. 1330 (S.D. Ind. 1997)
  • Hammes v. AAMCO Transmissions, Inc., 33 F.3d 774 (7th Cir. 1994)
  • B-Dry Owners Ass’n v. B-Dry System, Inc., 636 N.E.2d 161 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Wright-Moore Corp. v. Ricoh Corp., 980 F.2d 432 (7th Cir. 1992)
  • Wright-Moore Corp. v. Ricoh Corp., 794 F.Supp. 844 (N.D. Ind. 1991)
  • Wright-Moore Corp. v. Ricoh Corp., 908 F.2d 128 (7th Cir. 1990)
  • Mariner-Denver, Inc. d/b/a Holiday Inn of Downtown Denver, Colorado, Inc. v. Holiday Inn of America, Inc., 461 F.Supp. 306 (S.D. Ind. 1978)
  • Ind. Dept. of State Revenue v. Convenient Indus. Of America, Inc., 299 N.E.2d 641 (Ind. Ct. App. 1973)

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