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Cooper’s franchise and distribution law practice was ranked as Tier 1 both nationally and in the San Francisco area by the 2013 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Cooper’s franchise lawyers are rated as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Internationally and the like for their experience in franchising and in the areas of law pertinent to it. Cooper has not just counsel certified by the California State Bar as specializing in Franchise and Distribution Law, but also a member of the State Bar Commission responsible for that certification process. Cooper attorneys collaborate from a diverse range of practices that franchise clients need, including IP, bankruptcy, labor and employment, finance, real estate sale and leasing, corporate and securities, environmental, estate planning, and others.

Cooper’s franchise attorneys represent franchisors, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, as well as franchisees and dealers. Our clients span many industries, including specially-regulated ones such as automotive, petroleum, wine, and heavy equipment, and industries regulated only by state and FTC franchise laws, such as food and beverage, hospitality, and consumer products, among many others. We provide strategic counseling to avoid litigation, or to reduce its risks. Our litigators are experienced in international as well as domestic arbitration, and have represented clients in courts and agencies in California and across the country. They serve as neutrals for ADR providers and for courts, including, for example, sitting on CPR’s nationwide Franchise Panel of neutral mediators and arbitrators.  

We have handled nearly every type of dispute that can arise from the franchise or distribution relationship, including class actions, termination or non-renewal, transfer or succession, trade secret and unfair competition, pricing and antitrust, encroachment or relocation, public ownership, fraud from inception or during the relationship, breach of contract, bad faith and other business tort claims, allocation, racial discrimination, incentive and warranty chargebacks, rights of first refusal, market withdrawal, advertising, and vicarious liability.

Cooper is not a big firm. We do not hire large numbers of inexperienced first year lawyers; our smaller numbers of associates are experienced trial lawyers with excellent credentials. We also do not have world-wide firm retreats, administrators in multiple offices, expensive art, and other such costs to pass on to clients. Our fees are therefore lower, and we are willing to work with clients to develop creative billing methods, from budgeting and task billing to fixed prices where appropriate. Our franchise clients receive value, because we provide excellent quality for a fair and reasonable price.

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