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Benjamin A. Levin

Benjamin A. Levin is the managing partner of the firm. He represents global food manufacturers, national franchise companies and serves as outside general counsel to several companies based in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The best way to describe Ben’s role in companies is to let one of our clients explain it. “We feel like Ben is part of our company. He puts structure to our ideas. He’s the guy I go to. Ben has been a great resource and he understands our long-term goals.”

Ben’s business practice includes providing general counsel services to businesses, transactional work (buying and selling of businesses), preparation of business and commercial forms and agreements and compliance advice on business-related laws and regulations. He regularly advises clients on confidentiality issues, food guarantees, warranties and controlling risk, product development and manufacturing relationships, joint development and intellectual property agreements, vendor and supplier programs, exit strategies and supply chain transparency issues.

Ben's franchise and distribution practice includes structuring and drafting agreements for franchise and other distribution relationships and franchise distributor dealer terminations, licensing, compliance with franchise laws and regulations, preparation of franchise disclosure documents, and the buying and selling of franchise systems.

Certified as a neutral arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s National Registry of Commercial Arbitrators, Ben has arbitrated several national and regional distributor, dealer and franchise termination matters.  Ben also mediates disputes among business owners, suppliers and distributors/dealers, and franchisors and franchisees.

Ben was co-chair of the American Bar Association’s 26th Annual Forum on Franchising; served a three-year term on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on Franchising that began in 2001; and was founding Chair of the Franchise Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on legal issues related to business and franchising, and has written and co-authored articles on similar topics for a range of national and state publications.  Ben has been included in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers for 2004 through 2017, and for the last several years has been selected by Franchise Times as one of the top franchise lawyers in the United States.

Ben is on the Boards and Executive Committees of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County and Congregation Beth El.  Ben also recently completed a three-year term as a Board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.

A graduate of American University (B.A. 1972), and the State University of New York (M.Ed. 1974), Ben received his law degree from George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1977), with honors. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia (1977), New Jersey (1979), and Pennsylvania (1979).

Representative Matters

Reported Cases

Speaking Engagements

Overview of Franchise Laws and Regulations”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2014 Franchising Seminar, August 2014

Franchise and Distribution Relationships,” 2011 Business Law Symposium, NJICLE Seminar, April 2011

Advanced Disclosure Issues: Pushing the Envelope,” The American Bar Association 33rd Annual Forum on Franchising, San Diego, October 13-15, 2010

Franchise and Distribution Law Developments,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar, April 2007

The Impact of the Uniform Commercial Code on Franchising,”29th Annual Forum on Franchising, October 2006

Understanding Franchise and Distribution Law Issues,” NJ ICLE Seminar, June 2005

Proposed Changes to the FTC Franchise Rule,” International Franchise Association Franchise Development Series, April 2005

Financing a Franchise,” 37th Annual International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium, May 2004

Publications

New Jersey, in COVENANTS AGAINST COMPETITION IN FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS,” (Michael R. Gray & Natalma M. McKnew eds.), ABA Forum on Franchising, 3rd ed. 2012

“The Franchise Finance Transaction,” New Jersey Law Journal, December, 2004

“Importance of Due Diligence in Franchise System Acquisitions,” Co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, March, 2002

“Encroachment Issue Key to Franchise Contracts,” Co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, July, 2000

Franchisor Encroachment and the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing,” 201 New Jersey Lawyer 26, February 2000

“Goodwill at the Franchised Location: Who Owns It?” 18 Franchise Law Journal 85, Winter, 1999

“Franchisor Attempts to Control the Dispute Resolution Forum: Why the Federal Arbitration Act Trumps the New Jersey

Supreme Court’s Decision in Kubis,” Co-author, 29 Rutgers Law Journal 237, Winter, 1998

“Kubis and the Changing Landscape of Forum Selection Clauses,” 16 Franchise Law Journal 97, Winter, 1997

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