Experienced and Certified California Franchise Attorneys and Law Firm Specializing in Representing Franchisees
Lagarias, Napell & Dillon, LLP is a nationally recognized law firm, with offices in northern and southern California, that specializes in representing franchisees and franchisee associations throughout California and beyond. Franchise law is a specialized practice, one of only eleven which the California State Bar recognizes as a Certified Specialty. All three partners, Peter Lagarias, Bruce Napell and Bryan Dillon are each Certified Specialists in Franchise and Distribution Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
The firm’s founder Peter Lagarias has personally handled hundreds of franchisee cases including fraud and statutory claims, unfair trade practices by franchisors, breach of contract claims, encroachment, pricing, termination, renewal and other claims. More detailed information can be found under the heading Firm Practice Areas. Mr. Lagarias has also handled many franchise disputes for franchisees in both trial and arbitration. Several cases personally handled by Mr. Lagarias have resulted in important appellate decisions for franchisees. Some of these appellate decisions are found on our website under Firm Cases. In addition, a list of the franchise systems our firm has represented is contained below under Our Firm’s Franchisee Clients.
Bruce Napell has been in practice for more than 34 years, the last twenty of which has been almost exclusively representing franchisees. He has litigated and arbitrated numerous franchise and business cases, including defending restaurants and other franchisees in suits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Napell also represents franchisees in the purchase and sale of businesses, and in lease negotiations.