About Andrew

Practical franchise counsel and dispute resolution

Andy Beilfuss is a nationally recognized advisor on issues that affect how businesses get products to market. His primary focus is on litigating franchise, product marketing and distribution disputes, though he also counsels on direct sales, mergers and acquisitions, and contractual and regulatory matters. Leveraging his business and legal knowledge with his network of contacts around the world, Andy advances the business and legal goals of many types of clients, including:

  • Franchise entities, addressing key concerns in the franchisor-franchisee relationship such as marketing, quality and operation standards
  • Manufacturers
  • Specialty retailers
  • Sales representatives, both those directly employed by product makers and independent consultants
  • Distributors

With a master’s degree in business and having worked for two Fortune 50 companies before becoming an attorney, Andy has the rare ability to understand the intersection of business and legal issues facing clients, which enables him to craft cost-effective and practical solutions for his clients worldwide.

Experience in Action

  • Litigating complex disputes relating to franchise and product marketing and distribution. Clients in multiple business sectors trust Andy to advise them on all aspects of litigation, including pre-lawsuit negotiations, motion practice, trial preparation, actual trial and post-trial motions. Additionally, Andy has experience in both state and federal appeals courts.
  • Conducting due diligence on high-profile franchise- and distribution-related mergers and acquisitions.
  • Drafting franchise and other contracts and advising on regulatory matters, including guidance on product distribution, state and federal franchise laws, the Uniform Commercial Code, terms and conditions of sale and state distribution, and relationship laws.
  • Strategizing and advising on complex commercial disputes beyond franchising and distribution in state and federal courts, arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings.

Professional Recognitions

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2020, 2023 Milwaukee Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2019-present: Franchising)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2015–present: Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law)
  • Franchise Times, Legal Eagle, 2014–present
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition 2013-2015, 2021 (Business Litigation)
  • Selected for inclusion in "Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers" by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2022

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (District Representative; Board of Governors)
  • American Bar Association (Member: Litigation Section and Forum on Franchising; Member: Labor & Dispute Committee for the Forum on Franchising)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Co-chair: Section on Civil Litigation; Past Head of Civil Litigation; Past Board Member of the Young Lawyers Association)
  • International Franchise Association (Member: Supplier Board; Coordinator: Business Solutions Roundtable)
  • Intern to the Honorable David T. Prosser of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Intern to the Honorable Richard J. Sankovitz of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Legal Research and Writing (Graduate Assistant)
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyer's Association (Board of Directors)
  • Quarles & Brady, Franchise and Distribution Team (Co-chair)
  • Co-organizer of CLE training sessions held at Quarles & Brady's Milwaukee offices, that provide free training for fellow attorneys to do pro bono guardian ad litem work in the Milwaukee community
  • International Franchise Association (Founder and Chair of the IFA's Wisconsin Franchised Business Network)
  • Junior Achievement (Volunteer Teacher)

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