Franchise and Distribution
Nick represents franchisors and distribution clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation throughout the United States. He also advises them on pre-litigation dispute resolution and the franchisor-franchisee and manufacturer-distributor relationship, as well as compliance with franchise and distribution laws. He represents franchisors and distribution clients across industries that include restaurants, food and beverage, retail, leisure and fitness, health care, hospitality, office services, home services and other commercial and consumer services.
Nick is experienced in matters that include:
- State franchise laws
- FTC franchising rule
- Trademark infringement
- Breach of the franchise agreement or distribution agreement
- Post-termination rights
- System-wide disputes
- Disclosure and registration issues
- Supply chains
- Fraud claims
- Vicarious liability
- Joint employment
- Employee misclassification
Nick also helps businesses resolve and litigate disputes about software development and implementation projects. He helps clients investigate potential claims and defenses, demand and negotiate resolution, and proceed through mediation, arbitration and/or litigation. He is experienced in navigating the complex software sales process, design phase and project contracts that underlie breach of contract and misrepresentation claims in software disputes.
Blockchain, Decentralized Systems and Digital Assets
Nick is knowledgeable on the rapidly-changing laws, regulations, and court decisions related to blockchain technologies, decentralized systems and digital assets. Leveraging his experience in software matters and background in web development, he advises companies on the business implications and legal hurdles arising from these new technologies.
Before joining the firm, Nick served as deputy communications director for a U.S. Senator, coordinating communications with local, state and federal officials; developing the Senator’s website; directing social media presence; and communicating with the press and public about policy positions.