Do not let that Southern hospitality personality fool you. It’s ok to have a world class attorney that focuses on your business strategy while maintaining the legal aspects of franchising. It’s refreshing to deal with an attorney that looks at the whole business picture. BareBones WorkWear® has a unique franchising concept in the world of retail apparel and footwear. Richard helped us structure our FDD and subsequent agreements to satisfy the regulators while providing clarity for the prospects. We needed his guidance and support to get our baby off the ground and now those documents are a pillar in which we operate. Although we were reluctant to switch lawyers after investing in another firm for assistance – it turned out to be a wise choice after our consultant steered us to Richard’s office. Starting out, you don’t know what you don’t know, especially in the legal arena where blind faith is the main road. Glad to now be on the right road.”
Many times in the last couple years we have had to rely on Richard’s legal vision of the initial FDD to keep us on high ground when challenged on some issues. He is professional, respectful, knowledgeable, mindful, comprehensive, and highly responsive to our legal needs as well as compassionate to our general business well being. In our short relationship we feel more like family than just another client.
Stu Nelson, Trailblazer and Head Guy (President & CEO), BAREBONES WORKWEAR®
Trusted Legal Counsel
Richard has represented our company since the inception in 2009. We currently have 20 franchised locations in 5 states. His firm was instrumental in the startup and ongoing review of all our legal franchisor needs. We would highly recommend for any of his services.
Sean McCooey, VP, Jefferson’s Restaurants
Very Competent Franchise & Business Counsel
After dealing with a number of franchise attorneys in the NY/Philly area, we were fortunate to find the Richard Duell of Duell | Law, well over a decade ago and never looked back. Mr. Duell is very knowledgeable with Franchise Law and unlike previous counsel, he knows how to get to the heart of the matter without wasting a lot of hours. His experience with business law has helped us from a practical position as well. He is easily accessible and his staff is always professional and courteous. I would highly recommend him.
Steve Bakst, President, the “Just-A-Buck” Stores
“Villa Pizza, LLC and its affiliates (“Villa”) continue their tradition of delivering superior products from their portfolio of food concepts including Villa Pizza, Cozzoli’s Pizza, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, and South Philly Steaks & Fries franchises. With over 40 years of successful restaurant operations experience and nearly 300 locations globally, Villa recognizes how essential it is to maintain the proper legal vehicles.
When it comes to franchise law, Richard Duell and Duell | Law knows how to provide solid, reputable advice. Villa can always rely on Duell | Law to keep them informed on the latest franchising laws and information pertaining to the restaurant industry. With the exceptional growth in Villa’s franchising sector, Duell | Law allows them to stay focused on their business by supplying guidance on numerous topics, ranging from the registration process to supporting Villa’s domestic and international franchising efforts. It is a pleasure working with Richard and the Duell | Law staff.”
Beth Stearns, Sr. VP and General Counsel, Villa Restaurant Group
“Richard and his team delivered on all of the terms of our contract and I couldn’t be more pleased with our FDD! Furthermore, and just as important, I couldn’t be more pleased with the fantastic relationship we have developed. Richard took care of us like we’d been working with his firm for 20 years and were his most important client. I’d not hesitate to recommend Richard and his firm to anyone in need of franchise legal advice or representation.”
Ken Meeks, President and CEO, Resource One, Your next great job. Your next great hire.
Exemplary Professional, Knowledgeable and Friendly Service
“I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the service provided by your firm and with you in particular, in the preparation of my FDD and the many questions that I had as we prepared the documents.
Your service from start to finish has been exemplary on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly level that far exceeds other law offices I have dealt with. It is so refreshing to receive prompt and professional service. You provided exactly what was promised, in the time frame that we set out and for the price that we agreed too. It is rare to find this kind of customer service in this day and age and we really appreciate your willingness to provide it. We look forward to working with you in the near future. Thanks again.”
Oscar de Armas, President and CEO, Zona Fresca Fresh Mexican Grill
Competent, Professional and Responsive
“Just Salad has been working with Richard and Duell | Law for several years now. As a small, start-up Franchisor, we decided to select Richard and could not be more satisfied with our decision. Richard has been providing us with legal assistance in all areas of our Franchising endeavors both domestically and internationally. We have found Richard to be competent, professional and responsive to our needs. Most importantly, we trust Richard’s guidance. In addition, he and his staff provide us with their services in a patient & friendly manner. To sum it up, we highly recommend Richard and Duell | Law to any Franchisor.”
Mike Cullen, Director of Franchising, Just Salad
Solid International Guidance
“We have been working with Richard Duell for over two years now. We are extremely glad for the professional support in our start up franchising stage for the U.S. market. As an international company operating in over 55 countries we understand how important it is to be advised by a solid law firm. I sincerely recommend Richard Duell.”
Dr. Enrico Barbera, CEO, Caffé 1870, The Italian Coffee House
Exceeded All Our Expectations
“Have you ever hired a company which exceeded all of your expectations? That was my experience with Duell | Law from Birmingham, Alabama. When my franchise company, Print Shack was on the fast track and growth was exploding, we needed a very good attorney to keep us legal and up to date. I remember the day almost 30 years ago that I hired Richard Duell. Even then in his green horn years he was a first class franchise attorney. Now many years later Richard is one of the most knowledgeable franchise attorneys in the country. If you choose Richard’s firm to represent your company, I can assure you first class representation at a fair price with ZERO learning curve.
Richard will watch your back like a brother and make certain your documentation is always up to date. Prior to the sale of my franchise company, Richard represented us in arbitration and litigation hearings with a 100% success rate. I recommend and highly and endorse Duell | Law”.
Doug Varrieur, Print Shack
Knowledgeable and Responsive
“Richard and his colleagues were very helpful in a recent lawsuit brought against us. They communicated well throughout the process and were always ready to answer our questions and address our concerns. Of course, the most important thing is that they were able to provide us with a successful outcome.”
Gary L. Holmes, CPA, Accounting Practice Sales
Clear Understanding of Business Issues and Franchise Law
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Duell | Law. Duell | Law has extensive franchise expertise, but they also have a clear understanding of business issues facing our company, which makes them a pleasure to work with. They are always available to help as we grow and face new challenges, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for them as we take our concept to the next level.”
Jennifer Mims, President, Maki Fresh Sushi Rolls & Japanese Grill