Auto Dealer Law

Auto Dealer Law

Automobile dealerships are complex businesses with unique legal problems requiring highly specialized knowledge and skills. Our attorneys provide comprehensive legal expertise for auto dealers. Legal and automotive groups routinely seek firm attorneys to lecture and to share their expertise and insight.

We represent auto dealer clients in a wide range of regulatory and litigation matters:

  • Franchise matters
  • Transactions
  • Dealership realty
  • Regulatory and statutory compliance
  • Personnel
  • Licensing
  • Litigation

Our firm counsels auto dealers on all aspects of their relationships with franchisors, from development of a franchise to daily operation, termination of an agreement, contract renewal and franchise disputes. Attorneys focusing on auto dealer law assist with franchise matters such as:

  • Audits
  • Dualing
  • Point relocation

We understand the interplay between franchise agreements, state and federal statutes and corresponding case law.

We also represent dealerships in acquisition of other dealerships, financing for operations and improvements, and in the sale of dealerships to third parties, managers or family members. Clients benefit from the firm’s decades of experience in purchasing and selling dealerships. We provide valuable advice tailored to clients’ goals and needs so that clients can make informed decisions before proceedings.

Because real estate is a valuable and critical investment for dealerships, we have substantial experience representing dealers with real estate matters, including:

  • Acquisition
  • Financing
  • Refinancing
  • Leasing
  • Sale
  • Zoning
  • Land use
  • Environmental compliance

Automobile dealerships face a myriad of laws that affect their businesses. Navigating through these voluminous, complex, and sometimes conflicting laws can often be difficult. The firm keeps abreast of changing state and federal laws and regulations and keeps clients on track for compliance by:

  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Employment documentation
  • Personnel administration
  • Employee manuals
  • Discrimination claims
  • Wage and hour issues

We counsel clients on the best means for complying with state and federal laws and avoiding employment disputes. When disputes do arise, the firm possesses significant litigation experience to achieve the best possible outcome for auto dealers.