SOUTHFIELD, Mich., February 18, 2013 – Southfield, Mich.-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C, announced today the formalization of its franchising law practice group. Jaffe CEO Bill Sider made the announcement.
“We have been providing business counsel and growth support to franchisors and franchisees for many years,” said Sider. “This announcement is really the formalization of a group of specialized attorneys in our office that have been highly active in this industry for more than 30 years.”
The group represents clients in the complete development of franchise systems, including the creation of franchise disclosure documentation, the securing of intellectual property rights, compliance with federal and state franchise regulations, adherence to state franchise registration laws and advertising compliance. In addition to comprehensive franchise law services, Jaffe is uniquely positioned to also provide expertise in corporate formation, real estate acquisition and leasing, employee benefit plan development, employment agreement negotiation and tax planning and reporting.
The practice group will be lead by Jay Welford, a veteran partner at Jaffe and David L. Steinberg of David L. Steinberg, P.C., who has joined the firm as of counsel. Mr. Welford has over 30-years of experience in corporate representation and restructuring. His experience includes multiple industry sectors and practices, including franchising. Mr. Welford received his bachelor’s in business degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Mr. Steinberg is a leader in the field of franchise law, representing numerous national franchisors and franchisees throughout North America. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communications, Mr. Steinberg then went on to the University of Detroit School of Law for his juris doctorate. He continued his diverse education by earning a master’s degree in international trade regulation from the Georgetown University Law School.
Michigan-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., is recognized throughout the nation as a relationship-based, highly qualified, full-service business law firm. With an outstanding reputation for providing sophisticated legal services and counsel to businesses of all sizes, family-owned enterprises, individuals and entrepreneurs, Jaffe has more than 100 attorneys and offices in Southfield, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Philadelphia and Naples.
Among the Firm’s practice areas are appellate, aviation, corporate, criminal, e-commerce, electronic banking, employee benefits, environmental, estate planning, family law, financial services, franchise law, immigration, insolvency & reorganization, insurance, intellectual property, information technology, litigation, labor, mergers & acquisitions, mortgage banking, public finance, real estate, securities and tax law.