Bruce J. NapellPartner
Lagarias & Napell, LLP is a law firm that represents franchisees. Bruce Napell has specialized in representing franchisees for over 18 years, delivering dedicated legal services and results to franchisees and business throughout California and nationwide. Mr. Napell is a certified specialist in franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar’s Franchise and Distribution Law Committee, and served as the Committee’s Chairman in 2011-2012. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the State Bar’s Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Committee, which writes and grades the certified specialist exam, and will become the chairman in October 2016.
If you are an existing franchisee in a dispute with your franchisor, please review our website and consider consulting with Lagarias & Napell. Franchising disputes are complicated and involve many different areas of law, including antitrust laws, breach of contract, consumer protection laws, franchise laws, fraud and trademark laws. Franchising disputes can also present complex procedural issues involving in which court a case can be heard, what law applies, and whether the matter must be decided before an arbitrator pursuant to the franchise contract. Sometimes procedural matters can make a real difference between winning and losing your case. The attorneys at Lagarias & Napell have handled hundreds of franchise cases and have experience in knowing when to go to trial, when to settle, how to negotiate, and where to find expert witnesses. Lagarias & Napell understands how to litigate with franchisors and will seek full compensation.
If you are considering purchasing a franchise, please review our article Investigating Franchise Offers, located under the Franchise Law section, and consider consulting with Lagarias & Napell. Franchises usually require large investments and involve the execution of complex, long-term contracts that have been carefully drafted by franchisor lawyers who are charged with protecting the franchisor’s interests. Lagarias & Napell can help you understand your rights and obligations, and guide you regarding the franchise terms and the potential for negotiating more favorable terms. Lagarias & Napell can also explain common issues with one-sided franchise agreements.
United States District Courts
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals
State Bar of California
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands