Franchise & Dealership

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

Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm is among the most prominent franchise and dealership trial law firms in the United States.  Lead attorney Carmen Caruso has represented the world’s largest franchisor and has been trial counsel to the independent franchisee association of one of America’s most iconic brands. 

National Franchisee & Dealership Advocates

In over thirty years, Carmen has advised franchisee and dealer clients in over 100 brands and is nationally known as a leading advocate for franchisees and dealers at the individual and multi-unit, area developer, and independent association levels.

Franchising and dealership relationships have brought great wealth to many persons and families, but unfortunately bad or fraudulent business practices continue to exist. We fight hard to protect franchisees or dealers victimized by bad or fraudulent business practices, and the franchisor bar knows it. Our reputation confers substantial advantage to our clients as we typically obtain better settlement terms faster.  Or, if the case cannot be settled on terms that make sense to our clients (most often because the franchisor’s bad conduct is so deeply embedded it cannot settle), we are 100% committed to taking meritorious claims to trial, we have a track record of success, and where appropriate we may offer to share in the risks and rewards in bringing these claims.

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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