roto rooter raleigh nc
PH : 707-823-8719 FAX: 707-823-8737
Practice Areas/Emphasis: Franchise law; Business formation, financing, acquisition and transfers.
Major Clients/Decisions: Franchisees / distributors /Associations of: McDonald’s; Round Table Pizza; Figaro s Pizza; Carlson -Wagonlit Travel; Goodyear; Toshiba America; Mrs. Field s; Econo-Lube; T.C.B.Y.; Woodcraft.
Additional Information: Mr. Singler is one of the few business lawyers in the country who represents exclusively franchisees with regard to franchise matters. An Officer and Director of a multi-unit franchisee, Mr. Singler has a truly unique perspective regarding the changing relationships and dynamics of franchising. He also sits on the American Franchisee Association s Board of Directors, giving him a wide perspective on issues facing franchisees across the nation. Mr. Singler recently negotiated a new system-wide franchise agreement for Round Table Pizza owners franchisees which is being heralded the best in the industry. Mr. Singler was the only franchisee lawyer invited by the United States House of Representatives to testify in support of federal franchise legislation in oversight hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative and Commercial laws in June 1999. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Singler also received formal business education from the Wharton School.
Mohajerian Law Corporation
AFA Affiliate Member: Al Mohajerian
1925 Century Park East, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: 310-289-9625 Fax: 310-203-2306
Law School/Year: West Los Angeles School of Law, 1995 .
Practice Areas/Emphasis: franchise law; complex business and entertainment litigation; commercial and real estate litigation; employment law; intellectual property, and product liability.
Major Clients/Decisions: Franchisees of Jack-in-the-Box; Carl s Jr.; Burger King; Kentucky Fried Chicken; Papa John s; CoCo s; Shakey s; Remedy Intelligent Staffing; Lloyd Staffing; NHK Laboratories.
Additional Information: Al has broad experience in representing franchisees on such matters as franchise licensing and renewals, franchise litigation, dispute resolution, and structuring franchise distribution programs. He has represented clients in state and federal courts on franchise terminations and contract and encroachment violations. Al is a member of the State Bar of California, is admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California and in September 2003, Al was appointed for a three year term to the California State Bar s Franchise Law Committee. Al is a graduate of West Los Angeles School of Law.
Axinn, Veltrop Harkrider LLP
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3708
Practice Areas/Emphasis: Commercial disputes and representing franchisees in litigation and negotiation.
Major Clients/Decisions: Petereit v. S.B. Thomas, Inc., 853 F. Supp. 55 (D. Conn. 1993), aff d in part, rev d in part, 63 F.3d 1162 (2d Cir. 1995), franchisees/distributors of S.B. Thomas, Inc., Dunkin’ Donuts, Cummins Engine Company, Surface Doctor, Travel Centers of America, Howard Johnson s and Advantage Payroll Services.
Additional Information: Mr. Order has served a three-year term as Chairman of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. The Executive Committee of that Section included all of the judges of the federal district court in Connecticut, where most franchise disputes in Connecticut are litigated. Mr. Order has also served on the Executive Committee of the Franchise Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
44 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Raymond A. Garcia – AFA Affiliate Member
Please contact Kitty Koenig – Director of Marketing Public Relations at: (203) 773-3824 Ext 25 [email protected]
Practice Areas/Emphasis: Construction Law, Franchise Law, Commercial Litigation, Appeals.
Gerald Hadelman v. Frederick Deluca, Doctor s Associates, Inc., 274 Conn. 100 (2005) Obtained arbitration award against Franchisor of Subway Restaurants for $300,000 in punitive damages, legal fees and cost of arbitration (which in the aggregate could exceed $800,000) without any award of compensatory damages, which was affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court in part because the Court held Connecticut has no clearly defined policy against excessive punitive damage awards under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) and arbitration does not constitute state action, in which case BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, 517 U.S. 559, 575 85, 116 S. Ct.1589, 134 L. Ed. 2d 809 (1996) does not apply. Associate attorney Nicole Liguori assisted Garcia in this case.
PSE Consulting, Inc. v. Frank Mercede and Sons, Inc., 267 Conn. 279, 838 A.2d 135 (2004 ) Successfully argued before a jury that an indemnitor was not entitled to collect money it had paid a subcontractor for a claim allegedly covered by a surety bond issued by the indemnitor because the Surety had breached the obligation of good faith and fair dealing implied in every general indemnity agreement. The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the decision on appeal. This was the first time in the country such a decision had been obtained.
Alex Charts v. Nationwide Insurance Co., Civil Action 3:97 CV 01621 (CFD December, 2004) Obtained a jury verdict for $2,300,000 for a former agent of Nationwide Insurance based on the theory that the agent was a franchisee of Nationwide and that Nationwide had breached its obligations of good faith and fair dealing, as well as the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. It is the first case in the United States in which a court has decided that an insurance company is a franchisor. Associate attorney Nicole Liguori assisted Garcia in this case.
PaineWebber, Inc. v. American Arbitration Association, 217 Conn. 182, 585 A.2d 654 (1991) Successfully argued that the AMEX Window allowed customers of Paine Webber, Inc. under the standard Paine Webber brokerage account agreement to use arbitration administered by the AAA. It was one of the first cases in the country to force a broker to arbitrate before a panel of arbitrators selected by the AAA rather than the SRO panels assembled by the Stock Brokerage Industry.
Additional Information: Mr. Garcia is the founding principal of the firm. He combines 10 years of hands-on construction industry experience with more then 25 years of legal experience primarily in litigation of complex commercial construct and franchise disputes.
Ray grew up in his family s construction business. He worked as a timekeeper, estimator and ultimately project manager supervising a variety of projects. The projects included college dormitories, hospitals, health care facilities and scientific laboratories, with a present value of over $200 million.
He is a member of the American Arbitration Association s Connecticut Policy Board and on the National Panel of Arbitrators for large commercial cases. He also serves as an Arbitrator by appointment for the American Dispute Resolutions Center.
He is currently a member of the ABA Franchise Law Section, the ABA Litigation Section, the Construction Industry Forum, the ADR Committee and the Construction Litigation Committees of the ABA Litigation Section. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the ADR Committee s Journal Conflict Management.
He is a member of the Associated General Contractor s of America s National Surety and Bonding Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Building Congress, and a member of the prestigious Industry Practice Committee.
Mr. Garcia has lectured and written extensively on many subjects. Please contact the firm for a list and copies of articles and seminar papers. Most recently he authored articles about the application of the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution to punitive damage awarded by arbitrators.