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  Franchise and Distribution
  Business Law
  Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchising

James A. Ullman / Partner
Professional Experience
James Ullman is a franchise attorney in the firm’s Corporate Services Group. He has more than 40 years of experience as an attorney and focuses his practice on franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property law. Mr. Ullman has held leadership roles in several education organizations and public boards and has been listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for 19 consecutive years.

Education and Honors
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D., 1971)
  • University of Michigan (B.A., 1968)
Bar Admissions
Arizona, 1972
New York (inactive), 1971

Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Recognition
  • Selected for inclusion since 2007 in Southwest Super Lawyers® lists (Franchise/Dealership) and named among the Top 50 attorneys in Arizona (2012-2014).

  • Listed in Arizona’s Top Lawyers list by AZ Business Magazine (2014: Franchise/Specialty Law).

  • Listed in 2013 Arizona Business Leaders published by AZ Big Media.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (1995-present: Franchise Law).

  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.

  • Received M&A Deal of the Year Award from Latin Lawyer Magazine, 2008.

  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award as Outstanding State Education Board Member, National Association of State Board of Education, 1996.

  • Selected, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2011.

  • Received, “Best of Bar Award,” Business Journal (2005: Franchising & Licensing).

Professional and Civic Activities
  • State Board of Education (Member, 1991-1997; President 1995).

  • Community Colleges of Arizona (Member, State Board of Directors 1990-1997; Chairman 1995).

  • American Arbitration Association (Member, Panel of Arbitrators 1992-present).

  • American Bar Association (Member, Forum Committee on Franchising 1982-present).

  • State Bar of Arizona (Chairperson, Seminars on Franchising 1987, 1989).

  • National Organization on Legal Problem of Education (1992) now Education Law Association (Past President).

  • Citizenship Counts, Inc. (Vice Chairman, 2008-present).
Selected Presentations/Publications

Presenter, “Look Before You Leap - Top 10 Pitfalls for an Upstart Franchisor,” International Franchise Association Law Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2011.

Co-presenter (Webinar), “Is Your Business Ready to Franchise?” February 18, 2010.

Selective Representations

  • Numerous sales and acquisitions by private equity clients of franchise systems ranging from several million to over $300 million.

  • Acquisition by a client of a multi-national franchised restaurant chain for a purchase price in excess of $900 million.

  • Representation of several investment banks in the acquisition of multi-unit franchise locations in employment services and restaurant services.

  • Structuring of numerous licensing arrangements in medical , fitness, hospitality and restaurant services as exemption based franchises.

  • Conversion of licensing systems to franchise systems in the travel services and trucking industries.

  • Special franchise counsel to several prominent law firms on matters related to the acquisition or sale of a franchise system.

  • Preparation of single unit, area development and master franchise agreements for a myriad of service industries and products including registration services in all states in the US.

  • Representation of US based franchisors licensing abroad and foreign franchisors licensing in the US.