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John Forrest

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John A. Forrest joined Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC in October 2018. He concentrates his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution, commercial contracts, business planning, and corporate law.

 

John has over 30 years of experience representing and advising established and start up franchisors in all aspects of franchise, business opportunity and distribution law.  He has been responsible for compliance with federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws, including drafting disclosure documents and registering franchises under state franchise laws for many franchisors.  He has extensive experience in drafting franchise and distribution related documents, including franchise agreements, area development agreements, area representations agreements, subfranchise agreements, co-branding agreements, confidentiality agreements, guaranties, franchise termination agreements, agreements relating to the sale of company-owned stores and the purchase of franchise stores, finance documents, promissory notes, security agreements, form agreements for use by franchisors in all aspects of the franchise business, transfer materials, administrative provisions for operations manuals, documents related to special franchise programs, supplier agreements and settlement agreements.  He has extensive experience advising franchisors as to antitrust, price discrimination, supplier and other trade regulation issues, as well as to all aspects of franchise dispute resolution.  He also has experience in the buying and selling of franchisor companies.

 

John’s current franchise clients include: Tuffy Tire and Auto Service Centers, Two Men and a Truck International, BIGGBY Coffee, Fowling Warehouse, Massage Green International Franchise Corp., Milkster Nitrogen Creamery, Red Effect Infrared Fitness, Stretch Smart Infrared Therapy, Zoup! Systems, LLC, LOOK! Insurance Agencies, Inc., Tropi-Tan Tanning Salons, Happy’s Pizza, Airtime Trampoline & Game Park, and Wild Bills Tobacco.

 

John also has significant experience in other aspects of commercial transactions and business planning.  He has represented and advised clients on matters relating to corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other entities, buying and selling businesses, business and tax planning, secured transactions, real estate, employment and estate planning, as well as other areas of commercial law.

 

He is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.  John has authored several published works including "Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements" for the second and third editions of the Michigan Chapter of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the Michigan Business Formbook for the ICLE, and several other franchise related articles.

 

Prior to law school, John received his Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, in 1981, and his Master of Laws – Taxation from Wayne State University Law School in 1987.


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