California Franchise Lawyers
Lagarias & Napell, LLP maintains a specialized law practice representing franchisees and franchisee associations throughout California and beyond. Franchise law is a specialized practice, one of only eleven which the California State Bar recognizes as a Certified Specialty. Both Peter Lagarias and Bruce Napell are Certified Specialists in Franchise and Distribution Law by the State Bar of California Office of Legal Specialization.
Our California franchise lawyers handle disputes and problems of franchisees with their franchisors. If you have issues with your franchisor, please review our website and consider a free consultation with Lagarias & Napell, LLP. The website contains general information about franchise laws and cases. After reviewing these materials, please contact us promptly before taking action.
The firm’s founder Peter Lagarias has personally handled hundreds of franchisee cases including fraud and statutory claims, unfair trade practices by franchisors, breach of contract claims, encroachment, pricing, termination, renewal and other claims. More detailed information can be found under the heading Firm Practice Areas. Mr. Lagarias has also handled many franchise disputes for franchisees in both trial and arbitration. Several cases personally handled by Mr. Lagarias have resulted in important appellate decisions for franchisees. Some of these appellate decisions are found on our website under Firm Cases. In addition, a list of the franchise systems Mr. Lagarias and Mr. Napell have represented are contained below under Our Firm’s Franchisee Clients.
Bruce Napell has been representing franchisees for more than eighteen years. He has litigated and arbitrated numerous franchise and business cases, including defending restaurants and other franchisees in suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Napell also represents franchisees in the purchase and sale of businesses, and in lease negotiations.
The firm also reviews franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements for individual prospective franchisees as well as for franchisee associations and groups. Please review the information on our website before hiring legal counsel to review your franchise disclosure document and franchise agreement.
Lagarias & Napell, LLP also represents franchisee associations and groups of franchisees including in negotiations over franchise agreements and terms as well as other matters. Mr. Napell and Mr. Lagarias have reviewed hundreds of franchise agreements for franchisee clients. Lagarias & Napell, LLP advises and counsels franchisee groups and associations on franchise agreements and relationships with their franchisors.
Mr. Lagarias and Mr. Napell have both written extensively on franchise agreements and other aspects of franchise law. Mr. Lagarias has also drafted and testified for franchise legislation and regulation at both the federal and California state level. Additional information on franchise legislation is provided on our website under the Franchise Legislation link located at the top of each page.
Lagarias & Napell, LLP also handle business matters for franchisees, including review of franchise disclosure documents and offers. We advise clients and help create business entities for franchisees as well as provide business counseling on leases and other commercial matters.
We offer a free consult with an experienced California franchise attorney. To take advantage of your free consultation, please call or e-mail Lagarias & Napell, LLP today, by completing the e-mail link below or by calling (415) 460-0100.
Lagarias & Napell, LLP, and predecessor law firms led by Peter C. Lagarias, have engaged in private law practice since 1982. In 1996, the practice moved from the financial district in San Francisco, California to the historic Mission City of San Rafael, California, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge. In 2015, Bruce J. Napell merged his private law practice into Lagarias & Napell, LLP. The firm continues to represent franchisees and distributors in their legal issues and disputes. Profiles of Mr. Lagarias and Mr. Napell, a representative list of past franchisee and distributor clients, and a description of the firm’s historic offices, are linked below.