Franchise Law

Over the last 125 years, franchising has evolved from rudimentary licensing agreements between individuals to intricate relationships between multi-national corporations and entrepreneurial business owners. With this exponential growth from concept to cornerstone of the United States economy, the fundamentals of franchising and its numerous interrelated issues have, and continue, to dramatically change.
 
As a full-service law firm that has similarly evolved since franchising’s infancy, Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys provide comprehensive advice to franchisors and franchisees on every aspect of their businesses. From inception to succession, our attorneys leverage decades of experience to help our clients grow and protect their businesses.
 
Transactions
During its lifecycle, a franchise may enter into thousands of transactions. With many of these transactions integral to a franchise’s success, navigating them on your own can be daunting. At BB&K , we offer the wide-range of experience and know-how necessary to guide clients through these transactions and ensure that their franchises continue to grow and thrive. Among the transactions that our attorneys regularly prepare, structure, close and enforce are:

  • Incorporation
  • Raising capital and financing
  • Real estate leases and purchases
  • Construction contracts
  • Environmental contamination and land use
  • Equipment leases
  • Disclosure and registration
  • Franchise agreements
  • Business operations, maintenance and management agreements
  • Intellectual property registration and protection
  • Licensing and distribution
  • Supplier and vendor contracts
  • E-commerce
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Sales, terminations and renewals
 

Labor and Employment
 Owning a franchise is a full-time job that requires unrelenting attention on the success of the business. Franchise owners simply cannot afford to worry about whether they are in compliance with federal and state laws that are constantly changing or be bothered by workplace disruptions. BB&K’s Labor & Employment practice group provides comprehensive guidance to franchise owners to help them minimize the risk of employment issues so they may stay focused on what is important. Our attorneys regularly advise and represent clients regarding:

  • Compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Employee policies and agreements
  • Employee hiring and discipline
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • In-house training
  • Investigations
  • Union contracts and collective bargaining issues
  • Discrimination and harassment
 

Wealth Management and Asset Protection
Franchises are investments that, if done right, can provide a source of income for generations. BB&K’s Trusts & Estates attorneys work closely with clients, their accountants and financial advisors to create personalized and all-inclusive wealth management plans to help clients meet their short-term, long-term and generational goals. To this end, we regularly advise on and assist with:

  • Asset protection and distribution
  • Business succession planning
  • Estate planning
  • Marital agreements and community property rights
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Tax transactions and consulting
  • Charitable giving
 

Litigation
When necessary, our attorneys have successfully handled complex business, labor and employment, and compliance disputes in forums ranging from the negotiating table to court rooms throughout the country. Regardless of whether the dispute involves a single defendant or a class action, or against some of the largest law firms in the world or the United States government, our attorneys provide zealous, results-oriented advocacy that always keeps our client’s bottom line in mind. We regularly litigate and resolve disputes related to:

  • Real estate purchases and leases
  • Construction issues
  • Partnerships
  • Probate and trusts
  • Employee discipline
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Title VII
  • Title IX
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
Roger K. Crawford

Roger K. Crawford

Partner

(909) 466-4918

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Howard B. Golds

Howard B. Golds

Partner

(951) 826-8339

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Franchise Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment
Thomas M. O'Connell

Thomas M. O'Connell

Partner

(951) 826-8337

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Franchise Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
BB&K Webinar Jun 6, 2019

AB 1234 Ethics Training (June 6, 2019)

BB&K Webinar

Event May 21-22, 2019

Special District Revenue Trials and Trends

California Special Districts Association

Event May 8-10, 2019

2019 City Attorneys’ Spring Conference

League of California Cities

Partner Ruben Duran Gives Ethics Training to Public Officials
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Partner Ruben Duran Gives Ethics Training to Public Officials

Benito Link Reports on LULAC Workshop

California Court of Appeal Publishes Opinion Requiring Release of Police Personnel Records Under SB 1421
Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2019

California Court of Appeal Publishes Opinion Requiring Release of Police Personnel Records Under SB 1421

Decision is Binding on All Trial Courts in the State

Five BB&K Partners Named to 2019 San Diego Super Lawyers List
Press Releases Apr 10, 2019

Five BB&K Partners Named to 2019 San Diego Super Lawyers List

All Are Returning to the Annual List

BB&K Appointed Palm Springs City Attorney
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BB&K Appointed Palm Springs City Attorney

Honored to Continue Legal Relationship and Serve

Ordinance Regulating Aesthetics of Wireless in Public Rights of Way OK’d by California Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Apr 4, 2019

Ordinance Regulating Aesthetics of Wireless in Public Rights of Way OK’d by California Supreme Court

Decision in T-Mobile West LLC v. City and County of San Francisco a Victory for Local Government

New Wetlands Protections in California Proposed
Legal Alerts Apr 4, 2019

New Wetlands Protections in California Proposed

SWRCB Votes to Adopt Regulations that Could Impact Permitting Procedures

BB&K a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento
Press Releases Apr 2, 2019

BB&K a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento

Sacramento Business Journal Also Gives High Rank for Women Attorney Numbers

Event Mar 30-31, 2019

IMLA 2019 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

BB&K’s Gregory Rodriguez to Deliver Transportation Conference Keynote
Event Mar 27, 2019

BB&K’s Gregory Rodriguez to Deliver Transportation Conference Keynote

Maricopa Association of Governments

A Top Orange County Law Firm
Press Releases Mar 27, 2019

A Top Orange County Law Firm

BB&K Makes Top 40 on Orange County Business Journal List

Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 26, 2019

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

A Valuable, Rarely Used Tool Against Violence, Writes Denise Grimes in PublicCEO

Your Special District Must Have a Website — and it Should be ADA Compliant
Legal Alerts Mar 25, 2019

Your Special District Must Have a Website — and it Should be ADA Compliant

California’s SB 929 Imposes New Requirements

Event Mar 25, 2019

2019 AEP California State Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

Simultaneous Federal and State Court Actions on Code Violations?
Legal Alerts Mar 25, 2019

Simultaneous Federal and State Court Actions on Code Violations?

Ninth Circuit Says Yes… In Rare Instances

BB&K Attorneys Serving on LCC City Attorneys Committees
Press Releases Mar 21, 2019

BB&K Attorneys Serving on LCC City Attorneys Committees

Including Cannabis Regulation, Legal Advocacy and Municipal Finance

Event Mar 18, 2019

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference 2019

Argent Communications Group

CEQA Compliance for Businesses
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 18, 2019

CEQA Compliance for Businesses

BB&K’s Charity Schiller and Amanda Daams Warn Why Businesses Should Heed CEQA’s Changing Processes

Six BB&K Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in San Diego
Press Releases Mar 18, 2019

Six BB&K Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in San Diego

Annual List Based on Martindale-Hubbell Ratings

Event Mar 14-15, 2019

CAALAC 2019 Biennial Retreat

City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County

Department of Labor Proposes Increase to FLSA Exemption Salary Threshold
Legal Alerts Mar 14, 2019

Department of Labor Proposes Increase to FLSA Exemption Salary Threshold

California Public Sector Employers Would Feel the Impact

Ban on Commercial Cannabis Licenses Lifted
BB&K In the News Mar 13, 2019

Ban on Commercial Cannabis Licenses Lifted

San Bernardino Sun Reports on BB&K’s Successful Defense of City

Construction Traffic Plan MOU
BB&K In the News Mar 11, 2019

Construction Traffic Plan MOU

BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged for Contribution in the Hermosa Beach Patch

California Supreme Court Decides Cal Fire Narrowly
Legal Alerts Mar 7, 2019

California Supreme Court Decides Cal Fire Narrowly

Option to Purchase Airtime is Not a Vested Right

No Committee Exception to Brown Act Public Comment Requirement for Special Meetings
Legal Alerts Mar 6, 2019

No Committee Exception to Brown Act Public Comment Requirement for Special Meetings

California Appellate Court Decision in Preven v. City of Los Angeles

City’s Ordinance Upheld
Client Successes Mar 5, 2019

City’s Ordinance Upheld

BB&K Team Represented City of San Clemente in Hospital Ordinance Challenge

Event Mar 4-6, 2019

P3 for Small and Mid-Sized Public Agencies

Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

FPPC Wants Authority to Enforce Misuse of Public Funds for Campaign Activity
Legal Alerts Mar 4, 2019

FPPC Wants Authority to Enforce Misuse of Public Funds for Campaign Activity

Seeking Legislation to Amend Political Reform Act

Aquifer Management Success
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 28, 2019

Aquifer Management Success

In the Water International Journal, BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Identifies Factors for Groundwater Sustainability

Event Feb 28, 2019

Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0

University of California, Davis, Extension Course

American Lawyer Discusses BB&K Growth Last Year
BB&K In the News Feb 27, 2019

American Lawyer Discusses BB&K Growth Last Year

Firm Expands to Meet Client Demand

Attorney-Client Privilege Successfully Argued by City in PRA Case
Legal Alerts Feb 26, 2019

Attorney-Client Privilege Successfully Argued by City in PRA Case

California Appellate Court Decision Says Even a Judge Can’t Review Privileged Records

Partner Nancy Park Honored by CREW-Sacramento
Press Releases Feb 25, 2019

Partner Nancy Park Honored by CREW-Sacramento

Congratulations on the Women of Influence Award

Groundwater Rights Trial Earns Top Verdict Honor from Daily Journal
Press Releases Feb 22, 2019

Groundwater Rights Trial Earns Top Verdict Honor from Daily Journal

BB&K Leads Water Agencies’ Defense

[WEBINAR] Planning in the Coastal Zone
Videos Feb 21, 2019

[WEBINAR] Planning in the Coastal Zone

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Feb 21, 2019

Planning in the Coastal Zone

BB&K Free Webinar

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update
Legal Alerts Feb 20, 2019

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Operations Over People and at Night Among Issues Addressed in Latest FAA Proposed Rules

Uniform Application of Parcel Tax Does Not Require Uniform Effect on Taxpayers
Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2019

Uniform Application of Parcel Tax Does Not Require Uniform Effect on Taxpayers

California Appellate Court Upholds Los Angeles County Parcel Tax

BB&K Webinar Feb 19, 2019

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (Feb. 19, 2019)

BB&K Webinar

California Supreme Court and Local Taxes
BB&K In the News Feb 15, 2019

California Supreme Court and Local Taxes

Partner Kelly Salt Interviewed by CALMatters on Upland’s Impact

Clean Water Act: Proposed WOTUS Replacement Rule Published in Federal Register
Legal Alerts Feb 15, 2019

Clean Water Act: Proposed WOTUS Replacement Rule Published in Federal Register

Comments Due by April 15

Best in Law: Text with Caution
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 15, 2019

Best in Law: Text with Caution

BB&K Attorneys Damian Moos and Anthony Chavez Warn Why Texting Employees and Customers Could Cost You

BB&K Defeats Program Management Services Contract Challenge
Client Successes Feb 14, 2019

BB&K Defeats Program Management Services Contract Challenge

Los Angeles Community College District’s $80 Million Program Management Services Contract Properly Awarded, Court Finds

Event Feb 13-15, 2019

ACSA's 2019 Every Child Counts Symposium

Association of California School Administrators

Public Agency Access to Data Does Not Make Data Disclosable Under PRA
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2019

Public Agency Access to Data Does Not Make Data Disclosable Under PRA

California Appellate Court Ruling in Anderson-Barker v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County

First Court Ruling on Merits of SB 1421
Legal Alerts Feb 11, 2019

First Court Ruling on Merits of SB 1421

Police Unions’ Argument to Block Release of Pre-2019 Records Found “Legally Unmeritorious”

Open Secrets: Police Records and the PRA
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 8, 2019

Open Secrets: Police Records and the PRA

BB&K’s Christine Wood and Alexander Brand Go In-Depth on SB 1421 in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine

Compensation, Harassment and Discrimination Cases Brought Labor & Employment Law Changes
Legal Alerts Feb 8, 2019

Compensation, Harassment and Discrimination Cases Brought Labor & Employment Law Changes

California’s 2019 Labor & Employment Update: Part II

New Disclosure Requirements for Municipal Debt Issuers
Legal Alerts Feb 6, 2019

New Disclosure Requirements for Municipal Debt Issuers

Take Effect this Month

California Public Records Act Update
Legal Alerts Feb 4, 2019

California Public Records Act Update

Legislative and Court Updates Impacting PRA in 2018

Event Feb 2, 2019

The Elephant in the Room: Adjudication Under SGMA

15th Annual California Water Law Symposium

Seven Attorneys on Southern California Super Lawyers List
Press Releases Jan 30, 2019

Seven Attorneys on Southern California Super Lawyers List

2019 Recognition Includes Riverside, Irvine, Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach Attorneys

BB&K a Top 10 Law Firm in Sacramento
Press Releases Jan 30, 2019

BB&K a Top 10 Law Firm in Sacramento

Sacramento Business Journal’s 2019 List of Largest Area Law Firms

SB 1421 Challenged in Courts, But Most California Public Agencies Must Still Produce Peace Officer Records
Legal Alerts Jan 29, 2019

SB 1421 Challenged in Courts, But Most California Public Agencies Must Still Produce Peace Officer Records

Police Unions Obtain Temporary Restraining Orders to Stop Record Disclosures

Organic Waste Regulations Proposed
Legal Alerts Jan 28, 2019

Organic Waste Regulations Proposed

CalRecycle Taking Comments on Landfill Regulations Required By SB 1383

[WEBINAR] The Cost of Doing Business: Best Practices for Public Works Projects - Part Two
Videos Jan 24, 2019

[WEBINAR] The Cost of Doing Business: Best Practices for Public Works Projects - Part Two

BB&K Two-Part Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jan 24, 2019

The Cost of Doing Business: Best Practices for Public Works Projects

BB&K Free Two-Part Webinar

New California Cannabis Regulations Approved
Legal Alerts Jan 23, 2019

New California Cannabis Regulations Approved

OAL Approves Cannabis Delivery and Other Regulations

BB&K Webinar Jan 23, 2019

AB 1234 Ethics Training (Jan. 23, 2019)

BB&K Webinar

Best in Law: #MeToo Focus of New California Employment Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 22, 2019

Best in Law: #MeToo Focus of New California Employment Laws

Joseph Ortiz Writes of New Laws Meant to Protect Employees for the Southern California Newspaper Group

Court Broadens Scope of Prevailing Wage Law for Special Districts
Legal Alerts Jan 22, 2019

Court Broadens Scope of Prevailing Wage Law for Special Districts

California Appellate Court Decision in Kaanaana v. Barrett Business Services, Inc.

Event Jan 18, 2019

33rd Annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program

California Attorney General’s Office Clarifies its Information Bulletin Regarding Public Access to Police Records
Legal Alerts Jan 16, 2019

California Attorney General’s Office Clarifies its Information Bulletin Regarding Public Access to Police Records

Information Bulletin Regarding SB 1421 Does Not Impose New Records Retention Requirements

How Will a Much-Anticipated Joint Employer Decision Impact Private and Public Employers?
Legal Alerts Jan 16, 2019

How Will a Much-Anticipated Joint Employer Decision Impact Private and Public Employers?

Browning-Ferris Industries v. NLRB

Comprehensive Update to the State CEQA Guidelines
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2019

Comprehensive Update to the State CEQA Guidelines

Approved by California Natural Resources Agency

#MeToo Impact and Other Legislative Changes
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2019

#MeToo Impact and Other Legislative Changes

California’s 2019 Labor & Employment Update: Part I

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today

Federal Shutdown Does Not Delay Implementation

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

CPUC Proceedings of Note: PG&E Restructuring, Undergrounding and Wildfire Mitigation

Public Agencies Will Be Impacted by Various Actions

California Supreme Court Addresses Standard of Review for EIRs and Air Quality Impact Analyses
Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2019

California Supreme Court Addresses Standard of Review for EIRs and Air Quality Impact Analyses

Decision in Sierra Club v. County of Fresno Case

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II

Housing and Land Use and Environmental Laws Saw Changes in 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I
Legal Alerts Jan 9, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part I

2019 Brings Changes to Election, Revenue, Conflict of Interest, Property and Public Safety Laws… and More

Price Gouging After Wildfire: The Real Deal Interviews BB&K’s Christi Hogin
BB&K In the News Jan 8, 2019

Price Gouging After Wildfire: The Real Deal Interviews BB&K’s Christi Hogin

City Attorney for Malibu Discusses Ordinances to Protect Residents

Best in Law: California Tightens Online Security Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 7, 2019

Best in Law: California Tightens Online Security Laws

Partner Lauren Strickroth Writes About the California Consumer Privacy Act for the Southern California Newspaper Group

BB&K Named IRWA Sacramento Employer of the Year
Press Releases Jan 4, 2019

BB&K Named IRWA Sacramento Employer of the Year

Recognized for Support of Organization

BB&K Announces Three New Partners
Press Releases Jan 2, 2019

BB&K Announces Three New Partners

Additional Changes to Leadership Roles

New Disability Access Informational Notices Required in California
Legal Alerts Jan 2, 2019

New Disability Access Informational Notices Required in California

AB 3002 Took Effect Jan. 1

California AG Addresses Charter Schools and Public Integrity Laws
Legal Alerts Dec 31, 2018

California AG Addresses Charter Schools and Public Integrity Laws

Opinion Confirms Applicability of the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Conflicts of Interest Laws

Why Technology Matters: Public Records Act
Videos Dec 26, 2018

Why Technology Matters: Public Records Act

How BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center Helps

ARC: How the San Jose Case Changed the Public Records Act
Videos Dec 26, 2018

ARC: How the San Jose Case Changed the Public Records Act

The Advanced Records Center Helps Public Agencies Prepare and Respond

Introducing BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center
Videos Dec 21, 2018

Introducing BB&K’s ARC: Advanced Records Center

Full-Service Public Records Act Response, Training and Advice

Policy Brief: Automated Vehicles Governance
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 21, 2018

Policy Brief: Automated Vehicles Governance

BB&K’s Gregory Rodriguez Co-Authors Paper for UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies & Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real —  BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help
Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

Press Releases Dec 17, 2018

BB&K Welcomes Water and Environmental Partner Lowry Crook

Served Senior Positions with the Army Corps of Engineers and the White House

Government Relations Team Gets Passage of Federal Legislation for Local Agency
Client Successes Dec 14, 2018

Government Relations Team Gets Passage of Federal Legislation for Local Agency

John Freshman and Ana D. Schwab Advocated on Behalf of RCRCD

BB&K Webinar Dec 13, 2018

Annual Labor & Employment Update

BB&K Free Webinar

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Annual CEQA Document Filing Fee Increase
Legal Alerts Dec 13, 2018

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Annual CEQA Document Filing Fee Increase

Effective Jan. 1

Hastings Environmental Law Journal: CEQA’s Judicial Remedies and Reform Recommendations
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 13, 2018

Hastings Environmental Law Journal: CEQA’s Judicial Remedies and Reform Recommendations

BB&K’s Michelle Ouellette and Ali Tehrani Authored Law Review Article

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update
Videos Dec 13, 2018

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update

BB&K Webinar

Proposed Federal Clean Water Rule Impacts Cities and Residents
Legal Alerts Dec 12, 2018

Proposed Federal Clean Water Rule Impacts Cities and Residents

Comments Being Sought

[WEBINAR] Enforcement of Solicitation/Panhandling Regulations and Overview of SB 946
Videos Dec 11, 2018

[WEBINAR] Enforcement of Solicitation/Panhandling Regulations and Overview of SB 946

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Dec 11, 2018

Enforcement of Solicitation/Panhandling Regulations and Overview of SB 946 (Sidewalk Vending)

BB&K Free Webinar

Water and Wastewater Bond Deal
Client Successes Dec 7, 2018

Water and Wastewater Bond Deal

BB&K Attorneys Served as Bond Counsel

Laws Regulating Campaign Contributions Must Be Narrowly Tailored to Combat Corruption
Legal Alerts Dec 5, 2018

Laws Regulating Campaign Contributions Must Be Narrowly Tailored to Combat Corruption

Ninth Circuit Holds That States Have an Important Interest in Preserving the Integrity of Their Political Institutions

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Agency Discretion Under ESA
Legal Alerts Dec 4, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Agency Discretion Under ESA

Critical Habitat for Endangered Species Decision

Partner Andre Monette Discusses SCOTUS Clean Water Act Question with Law360
BB&K In the News Dec 4, 2018

Partner Andre Monette Discusses SCOTUS Clean Water Act Question with Law360

Invitation to Solicitor General for Opinion is Encouraging, He Says

Public Comment Time Limit OK'd by Court
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 4, 2018

Public Comment Time Limit OK'd by Court

Alexander Brand Discusses California Appellate Court Ruling in PublicCEO

Event Dec 3-7, 2018

CALPELRA Annual Conference 2018

The California Public Employers Labor Relations Association

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 30, 2018

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected

Tori Hester Analyzes Ninth Circuit First Amendment Ruling for Public Agencies in PublicCEO

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