If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that's its been a while (about 1.5 months) since my last post.

There is a good reason for that.

Effective January 1, 2014, I changed law firms and joined Howard & Howard PLLC as a partner in its Las Vegas office (you'll see my links and banner graphic have changed to reflect my new firm affiliation). For more information about Howard and Howard, visit its website, here.

I'm excited about the change. Howard & Howard is a entrepreneurial law firm that fits very well with my franchising practice. Its motto is "Law For Business," and the firm's attorneys have an acute understanding of the business world.

At the firm, I will continue focusing my practice in franchise law, with a focus on transactional franchising for start-up and developing franchisors.

As before, I will also continue to support franchise clients in litigation and with their other legal needs.

Another exciting development in my life is that I've received an "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell in the "Franchises and Franchising" category -- the best rating possible from the company.

In other recent news in franchising, the International Franchise Association is opposing identical new proposed franchise laws in Maine and New Hampshire, L.D. 1458 in Maine and H.B. 1215 in New Hampshire.

According to the IFA, the bills will dramatically weaken franchise agreements and, as a result, the organization is asking people to write the members of the respective legislatures and ask them to vote "no" on the bills.

These bills appear to be the latest in a series of proposed legislation affecting the franchise relationship.

Happy 2014 to all of you -- it's going to be an excellent year for franchising!

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