David A. Beyer, Partner


David Beyer is widely and regularly recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise and distribution lawyers for many reasons. There are few attorneys in the field with his depth and breadth of experience in franchise law.  David distinguishes his counsel from others by his business acumen (M.B.A.), problem solving and strategic approach, and deal focused advice.  For national and international, household-name businesses and emerging brands, David organizes and structures franchise and other distribution programs; negotiates and prepares complex franchise, sub-franchise, and distribution agreements; represents franchisors and subfranchisors in compliance with franchise disclosure and registration laws; evaluates and negotiates supply relationships; counsels on the impact of antitrust and trade regulation laws; handles international franchising and distribution matters; prevents and resolves franchise disputes; assists in franchise and dealership terminations; handles as overall transaction counsel and special franchise counsel, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other business combinations and change of control transactions for sellers, strategic buyers, investors and private equity and venture capital groups; facilitates joint ventures, and capital raising for franchise and growth companies; and works on countless other related corporate and business matters.

David frequently advises clients on other sales and distribution methods, with a special emphasis on avoiding burdensome franchise sales laws, including licensing, multilevel distribution, direct selling, sales representatives, joint ventures, dealerships, and business opportunities. He actively represents franchisors on technology-related issues, including website development, e-commerce, cybersquatting, and channel conflict. He regularly counsels clients in numerous industries, including hospitality (hotels, restaurants, and travel), health care, automotive, fitness, publications, real estate and business brokerage, education and childcare facilities, and retail merchandising, among others. Having begun his career as a corporate and securities lawyer handling securities offerings, mergers, and joint ventures, David frequently leverages that experience in similar transactions involving franchise and other companies.

Because of his wide-ranging knowledge, David is a leader in the development of franchise law in Florida. He has served multiple terms as chairman of the Franchise Law Committee of the Florida Bar. In that role, he has led successful efforts both to improve franchise laws in Florida and to defeat destructive proposed legislation. He is one of just a handful of franchise lawyers honored by his peers to present at the keynote plenary sessions on both the Annual Developments in Franchise Law at the ABA Franchise Forum and the Judicial Update at the IFA Legal Symposium. He is regularly honored as one of the country’s leading franchise lawyers by numerous sources; just some include Chambers USA®, Franchise Times; Martindale-Hubbell; SuperLawyers®; Best Lawyers®; and International Who’s Who.  His industry experience and dedication is reflected in his CFE certification by IFA.  Whatever the audience or need, he is a problem solver, clearly well equipped to help franchise clients achieve their goals and grow their businesses.

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Education and Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1982)
    • Vanderbilt Law Review (Member)
  • Tulane University (M.B.A., 1979)
    • Beta Gamma Sigma (Member, Business Honor Society)
  • Tulane University (B.A., 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member, Forum Committee on Franchising)
  • ABA Franchise Law Journal (Associate Editor and Editorial Board: 2006–2011)
  • International Franchise Association (Member, Council of Franchise Suppliers and Legal Legislative Committee)
  • The Florida Bar (Member; former multiple-term Chairman and founding member of the Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Committee)
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (limited to two 2% of the ABA)

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA®, Franchising, 2013-present
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, Franchise/Dealership, 2006–2009, 2011–present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Franchise Law, Antitrust Law, 2006-present
  • “Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers” by International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2004-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times
  • Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives
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