Franchise & Dealership

We try more franchise & dealership cases than most other law firms

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm aggressively protects and defends franchisees and dealers in litigation, arbitration, and at the negotiating table in Illinois and across America.  We stand out from the crowd because, first and foremost, we are trial lawyers that know how to win. We are dedicated and creative and practice at the highest level of professionalism.

Lead attorney Carmen Caruso and his team have represented individual and multi-unit franchisees or dealers, area developers, and independent franchisee associations in almost every state and for over 100 brands in most industries.  We have obtained successful results for our clients in every type of case a franchisee or dealer is likely to confront at all stages of a business’s life cycle.

Our practice continues to grow.

Recently we incorporated and we proudly served as outside general counsel to the National Owners’ Association, an independent association of McDonald’s® restaurant owners.

Franchise Times Legal Eagle Hall of Fame Member

Since 2015, Carmen Caruso has been one of the few trial lawyers named to the Legal Eagle Hall of Fame published by Franchise Times, the leading franchise industry news publication.  This honor came after Carmen was selected as a Legal Eagle over 10 years in a row, and he has continued to be named a Legal Eagle again in each year since.  Similarly, Carmen has been honored for his franchise litigation achievements by most every respected lawyer ranking service including Chambers, Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms, SuperLawyers, and Illinois Leading Lawyers, and he has been honored with testimonials from many of franchising’s most prominent leaders. READ MORE

Enlightened Franchisors Call Us

Carmen Caruso started in franchising law by defending a substantial international franchisor and other prominent franchisors in court, and he later served as outside general counsel to a “Top 200” retailing franchisor advising management on all legal issues and overseeing their national and international growth.

Enlightened franchisors increasingly ask Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm to help them practice intelligent franchising and achieve successful franchise relationships.  There is no conflict in working for better franchising from both sides of the aisle.

International Franchising

With the addition of attorney Xiaoyin Cao to our team, we are growing in international franchising.

Fraud Claims & Disclosure Violations

Franchise Terminations

Contract Claims

System Wide Disputes

Independent Franchisee Associations

Non-Competes and Restraints of Trade

Damage Claims

Intellectual Property Issues

Supply Chain Problems

Disappearing Franchisors

Hidden Franchises

Area Developers

Specific Industries

Dealerships & Distribution


Employment Issues in Franchising

Legal Malpractice in Franchising

Civil Rights in Franchising

How Can We Help You Solve Your Franchise, Dealership or Distribution Problem?

Our experience extends to over 100 brands in most industries in which franchising, dealership or similar arrangements are prevalent. For example:

  • Automobile
  • Automotive After-Market
  • Car Rentals
  • Education
  • Equipment
  • Gas Stations/C-Stores
  • Health Care
  • Home Services
  • Hotels
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Personal Services
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Restaurants
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