Welcome to FranchiseLawyerUSA.com

Online home of Jeffrey C. Swinton of the law firm of Stoker & Swinton

I have practiced law since 1974 and specialize as a franchise lawyer / franchise attorney assisting clients in franchise business law. I have represented franchisors and franchisees throughout the United States and affiliated with attorneys in international areas.

Franchisors: I work with those who desire to create and sell a franchise system to share a business opportunity with others based upon the successful operation of a business concept. There are numerous business and legal issues requiring professional detailed attention to satisfy the requirements of state and federal laws. I create the legal documents and interface with government regulators to qualify franchisors to market their franchise system throughout the United States and abroad and consult on issues of franchise marketing and sales.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently revised its Franchise Rule that requires franchisors to provide a Franchise Disclosure Document (sometimes referred to as a franchise offering circular) (FDD) to anyone interested in purchasing a franchise system. The FTC previously called that document a Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC). Those states with specific franchise laws accept the new FDD, with local unique modifications, in satisfaction of their disclosure requirements. I complete the documentation necessary for registration in those states in compliance with their unique disclosure requirements.

Franchisees: I assist those seeking to purchase a franchise system from a franchisor by review of the disclosure documents, negotiation of a franchise agreement, and explanation of the legal implications of entering into a franchise relationship.

Legal Costs and Fees: Because of my decision to live and practice in the Intermountain West, my fee structure is more reasonable than those typically found within the industry. Contact me