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1099 18th Street, Suite 2600 | Denver, Colorado 80202
P.O. Box 2636, 119A West Colorado Ave. | Telluride, Colorado 81435
Franchise & Distribution

Among the small, highly-regarded fraternity of law firms that practice franchise, distribution and licensing law, RWO stands out for its experience, personalized service and competitive prices.  Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio has highly-skilled and experienced attorneys in both transactional and litigation aspects of this specialized area of the law.

RWO’s franchise practice team has over 60 years’ combined experience in franchise and distribution law.  Our team is knowledgeable and up-to-date in all aspects of franchising, the fastest-growing business development method in the world, together with distribution and licensing law, domestic and international regulatory compliance, transactions, litigation and trademarks. RWO represents franchisors and franchisees operating nationwide and in at least 50 other countries around the world.

Transactional Support

Our attorneys provide comprehensive advice and legal services to the franchisor including: preparing and updating the franchisor’s Uniform Franchise Disclosure Document and Franchise Agreement and international disclosure documents; preparing the franchise agreements and related agreements; registering the franchise systems in the various registration states; obtaining federal and international trademark and service mark registrations; negotiating franchise sales; providing advice on employee disputes and terminations; drafting agreements for licensing of products and for leasing and buying real estate; and preparing corporate governance documents.  RWO’s franchise attorneys regularly work with franchisors’ general counsel and also assist franchisors’ outside counsel when local representation in Colorado is needed.

RWO also represents select franchisees by reviewing the franchisor’s Uniform Franchise Disclosure Document and Franchise Agreement, and negotiating the terms of the final agreements.

  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Distribution
  • Franchise Disclosure Preparation and Review
  • Franchise Registration
  • International Franchising
  • Regulation and Compliance
  • Trade Secrets


Our attorneys represent franchisors and franchisees in all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation, and disputes relating to jurisdiction of claims. RWO’s franchise litigators regularly handle enforcement of covenants not to compete and asserting and responding to claims of trademark infringement, system noncompliance, and nonpayment of fees and other amounts due franchisors. RWO’s attorneys are experienced in handling claims involving antitrust, trade secret violations, consumer protection and deceptive trade practices, and Federal Trade Commission enforcement.

  • Disclosure Document and Franchise Agreement litigation
  • Disputes Concerning Covenants Not To Compete
  • Distribution and Licensing Disputes
  • Regulation and Compliance
  • Royalty Collection Actions
  • Trade Secret Enforcement Actions


  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Product and Marketing Licenses
  • International Licensing

Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets

RWO has a full-service trademark, copyright and trade secret protection practice. RWO attorneys in this practice area have a broad base of litigation and transaction experience and understand the techniques available for protecting the value of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets for both established companies and start up organizations.  RWO’s trademark, copyright and trade secret practice group attorneys routinely handle domestic and international disputes, and are well-versed in arbitration procedures.

RWO attorneys in this practice area include: