Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a world-class reputation as a firm of choice for franchisors. Our global team has lawyers based in offices in the major US, European and Middle Eastern locations.

Our group has developed a strong, cohesive practice group built on core relationships that go back nearly twenty years.  We not only support clients on the roll-out or expansion of franchise networks globally but also assist them in resolving disputes. For example, in the US, we have litigated and arbitrated franchise disputes in almost every state. Our franchise lawyers are collectively responsible for more than 50 decisions reported in the field of franchising and more than 150 articles and speeches on franchise law. We are frequently quoted by the press on issues of franchise law. We have more California Board Certified franchise specialists than any other law firm.

While primarily representing franchisors or manufacturers, we also have significant experience representing distributors and franchisees. Our experience covers industries that use franchising as a method of distribution, including restaurant and food distribution, retail, automotive, hotels and lodging, construction and construction materials, industrial equipment, oil, consumer products, alcohol distribution, motion picture distribution, bookselling and publishing, telecommunications, health care, agriculture and electronics.

Key Facts & Figures

  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner franchise lawyers have been singled out for their excellence by every peer-reviewed survey of franchise lawyers.


  • Ranked Tier 1 in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2010-2018
  • Ranked Band 2 Nationwide in Chambers USA 2009-2010, 2015-2018; Band 3 Nationwide 2008, 2011, 2013- 2014
  • Ranked in Chambers Global Band 4, 2013; Band 3, 2009, 2011-2012
  • 2017 Avis Budget Group Global Law Firm of the Year award – Franchise
  • Six of our franchise lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers by Law & Politics magazine
  • Four are listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2019
  • Three are recognized by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Two are listed in the Best Lawyers of Los Angeles by Los Angeles magazine
  • Two are listed as among the top 100 franchise lawyers in America by Franchise Times magazine.