Project Description

Bryan is a partner with Lagarias, Napell & Dillon, LLP, a nationally recognized firm, with offices in northern and southern California, that specializes in representing franchisees and franchisee associations.  He is one of a small number of attorneys in the state of California to be certified as a Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law, by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He currently serves as a commissioner and Chair of the State Bar’s Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission (FDLAC), which oversees franchise specialization certification in California and is a past Chair of the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Franchise Law.  Much of his law practice involves business law litigation, but he also represents clients in transactional matters such as entity formation, contract review/drafting, negotiations and all aspects of general business law. He has represented some of the largest franchisee associations in the country down to single unit franchisees and sole proprietorships, but only franchisees and never franchisors.   

Bryan has been repeatedly named to the Franchise Times’s list of Legal Eagles, as one of the preeminent franchise attorneys in the country, and has written and spoken extensively on the subject of franchising.  He’s been a recurring speaker at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Franchising and here at the AAFD, given numerous presentations at the West Coast Franchise Expo, and also presented continuing education programs for the California State Bar. He’s written scholarly articles for the ABA’s Franchise Lawyer and Forum on Franchising, and is currently co-writing a chapter in an upcoming ABA book for franchisee lawyers 

Bryan is a Graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, the fifth oldest law school in the country, which is nationally recognized for its outstanding litigation program. He also attended summer sessions at both The University of Strasbourg School of Law (France) and The University of Vienna School of Law (Austria) where he studied under the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor. At Dickinson, he was honored with the William H. Dodd Award — Dickinson’s ethics award presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession.