Franchise Law

If you own a franchise, you know that the laws, regulations, and issues that can arise with franchises can be complicated, challenging, and unique. All of the legal intricacies of owning a business — taxes, regulations, real estate transactions, employment issues, etc. — are magnified by the franchise relationship and the state and federal laws and regulations governing it.

At Gentry Locke, we’ve been helping franchise owners navigate these hurdles for decades. Whether automotive, healthcare, retail, hospitality, or any other type of franchise, our expertise can help guide you through all the various aspects of owning and operating a franchise — from reviewing the initial contract with the franchisor to ensuring your interests are protected to dealing with any disputes that arise during the course of daily operations.

Greg Habeeb, chair of our franchise practice, has been representing franchisees for almost twenty years with a special focus on automobile, healthcare and retail franchises. Greg is a member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel and knows all the nuances of franchise law in Virginia from his time as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Our attorneys understand franchise law, and work hard to keep up with changes at the state and national level.

Protecting your interests
Gentry Locke attorneys can help ensure you are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We’ll keep you informed of changes as they happen and help you design compliance systems, draft appropriate paperwork and properly train your employees. Gentry Locke’s Government and Regulatory Affairs group has experience dealing with all of the relevant state agencies that oversee your business, licensing and operations.

Real estate, employment and corporate law
In addition to our expertise on franchise law, Gentry Locke has worked with many types of businesses on real estate transactions, taxes, employment issues, regulatory compliance, licensing, premises liability, and other legal issues.

In real estate, we can help with acquisition, zoning, land use, environmental compliance, financing issues and more. We can help you deal with any personnel legal issues, make sure all your employment documentation is in order and ensure your training covers all the legal bases. We can help in contract disputes, wage and hour issues, and more.

In situations where going to court becomes necessary, you will want Gentry Locke’s experienced litigators on your side. We’ll fight harder than anyone for you, and we have the track record to prove it.

The legal representation you need
Gentry Locke is here to make your business better. If you want more information about how we can help your dealership, contact us.

Have questions? Contact us.