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A Positive Approach
Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A., brings Wall Street smarts and Main Street common sense to you, the franchisee. The Smarts … Michael Garner wrote the leading legal text on franchise law that more than a dozen courts have turned to for authority. The Common Sense … the firm has recovered more cash for franchisees than any other franchise law firm in the country — more than $240 million. The franchise lawyers at Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A. are top graduates from the best law schools, but they speak in plain English. Don’t you deserve some smarts and common sense? Don’t you deserve the best?
Areas of Expertise
If you have been hit with a demand for liquidated damages, are plagued with your franchisor's inspection or upgrade demands, or are struggling with encroachment, Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A., has the experience and expertise you need to face these challenges head on.Learn More
Our franchise attorneys have helped our restaurant franchisee clients overcome problems with arbitrary inspections, system changes, lack of support, and predatory encroachment, and are here to help defend your business and your rights.Learn More
Craft Breweries & Distilleries
Thinking of starting your own craft brewery or distillery? Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A., in partnership with Hop Law, offers dedicated legal services ranging from trademarking to business formation that are specially tailored to help these businesses thrive.Learn More
Auto and Equipment Dealers
We have saved auto and equipment dealers from termination; battled industry consolidations that would eliminate entire lines; stopped the establishment of new points; and recovered damages.Learn More
Buying a Franchise
Thinking about buying a franchise? It may be the biggest investment you ever make. Take a deep breath and get the experienced advice of our franchise lawyers before committing!Learn More
Getting Out of a Franchise
We have helped scores of franchisees get out of their contracts or change the terms of their agreements. While "breaking up is hard to do," we may be able to help you "get out of jail free."Learn More
Breach of Contract
If your franchisor is not living up to its bargain, you may be able to get out or get damages. Creative, aggressive thinking and rewarding solutions: that's what we give you.Learn More
Fraud and Misrepresentation
Fraud in the sale of franchises is so serious that the Federal Trade Commission and a third of the states have singled it out for special treatment. Michael Garner loves to track down and uncover franchise fraud. He has exposed and recovered damages for a wide range of franchise fraud matters.Learn More
Termination and Nonrenewal
Getting a notice of termination or nonrenewal from your franchisor or supplier may be the worst event in the life of a franchisee or dealer. Our franchise attorneys have stopped terminations and nonrenewals all over the country in virtually every segment of franchising.Learn More
Outside investors are buying up franchise companies with the goal of increasing corporate income and reselling them at a fat profit. This strategy, sometimes called "strip and flip," squeezes that extra profit out of franchisees in unsavory ways. Is this happening to you? We can help.Learn More
Getting a group of franchisees or dealers together is one of the most effective ways to solve common problems. Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A., can help with all aspects of representing your group, whether you wish to proceed informally, form an association or already have an association that needs legal assistance.Learn More
A Force to be Reckoned With
The franchise attorneys at Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A. have over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of franchisees and dealers throughout the country. With unparalleled skill and incomparable authority, the firm does more than win cases – it sets precedents. Don’t work with just any franchise law firm, trust the leading attorneys in franchise law: trust Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen, P.A.
Coraud v. Kidville: A Top Ten Franchise Case
Can a franchisor lie to induce someone to buy a franchise and then get the franchisee to sign away any right to sue for fraud? It sure sounds wrong, and the Federal District Court in New York agreed with us: A franchisor cannot make a franchisee sign away fraud rights when the franchisor has committed fraud in violation of the New York Franchise Act. Franchise Times cited the case as one of the top ten cases of 2015, and the ABA showcased it at its annual Forum on Franchising. Shortly after the decision, the franchisor asked us to sit down for settlement talks, and our franchisee clients left the meeting smiling.
Andersen v. Griswold: Bringing Franchisor Executives into Court to Answer for their Wrongs
Franchisor executives, who often oversee and participate in wrongdoing, like to wash their hands of the dirt, and let the corporation take the hit in a lawsuit. Their thinking: “I was only doing my job; it’s the company’s fault.” “Not so!” said the federal court in San Francisco in 2015, when it granted our motion to bring the CEO of our franchisor defendant personally in to court to answer for his wrongs. We found his signature on papers certifying that the Franchise Disclosure Document was accurate, when our clients claimed it was false. The court said that was enough to require him to appear, in a precedent-setting decision that paves the way for franchisees to hold franchisor executives accountable. A multi-party settlement followed the decision.
Home Court Advantage: Frango Grille USA v. Pepe’s Franchising, Ltd
Our Los Angeles franchisee client faced a daunting problem: his franchise agreement said that any suit against the franchisor had to be brought where the franchisor had its home office – which was London, England! Worse, the U.S. Supreme Court had just handed down a decision upholding clauses just like this. What to do? Using our franchise law knowledge, we found a way around the clause and the Supreme Court decision, and convinced the federal judge to issue a landmark decision in 2014 allowing our client’s fraud and breach of contract case to proceed in California.