Every year the Franchise Times magazine publishes a Legal Eagles™ listing.
2011 Canadian Legal Eagles™
- Joseph Adler, Hoffer Adler LLP, Toronto, ON, Franchisors
- Jennifer Dolman, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, ON, Franchisors
- Paul Jones, Jones and Co., Toronto, ON, Both
- Edward “Ned” Levitt, Aird & Berlis LLP, Toronto, ON, Franchisors
- Leonard Polsky, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver, BC, Franchisors
- John Rogers, Davis LLP, Toronto, ON, Both
- John Sotos, Sotos LLP, Toronto, ON, Both
- Stéphane Teasdale, Fraser Milner (FMC) LLP, Montreal, QC, Franchisors
- Larry Weinberg, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto, ON, Franchisors
- Frank Zaid, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, ON, Franchisors
Better choose who you talk to because until you pay them, retention letter, etc. there is no solicitor:client relationship [read: confidentiality].
- Bay Street rent isn’t paid for by 1/2 hour freebie chats (defending the offending franchisor…maybe),
- 95% of all legal work (and almost 100% of repeat business) is paid for by franchisors or their supporters,
- no lawyer confesses to only doing franchisee work, and
- how 100% of them belong to the franchisor-only trade association, the Canadian Franchise Association (see Lawyers section).
Be cautious of who you confide in because there is an overwhelming bias against franchisees’ interests.
[Franchise Times, click for pdf, p. 15]