About Larkin Hoffman

Larkin Hoffman is one of the largest full-service business law firms in Minnesota, with over 20 areas of practice. Clients rely on our experience and business acumen to guide their decision making and our ability to enforce their rights when necessary.

The Franchise Team

The Larkin Hoffman Franchise Team assists clients with a wide range of franchising issues—everything from questions about the benefits and disadvantages of franchising, to preparation and registration of franchise documents, to counseling on franchise relationship issues. Our clients frequently comment on how refreshing it is to work with attorneys who respond quickly to questions and requests and have the experience to answer many inquiries without extensive research. The Larkin Hoffman Franchise Team has over 40 years of franchising experience across a variety of industries, from quick-service restaurants and hospitality to consumer retail and fitness. Learn more about our Services.

When choosing a franchise law firm, consider the experience level of the franchise attorneys and paralegals, the cost of these professionals, and whether the firm has the capability to handle your franchise system as it grows as well as to provide complementary services in other areas of law. The Larkin Hoffman Franchise Team represents franchisors that have not yet started franchising, or that have only a handful of franchised outlets, to sophisticated franchisors with over 7,000 franchised outlets in the U.S. and even more oversees. As a full-service law firm, we also work closely with our franchise and business litigation attorneys to handle disputes franchisors may have with franchisees, intellectual property attorneys to handle trademark and other proprietary registration and enforcement, and real estate attorneys to handle purchases and sales and leases. Our depth and variety of clients is a testament to our extensive experience in franchising but also our market rates.

Joseph J. Fittante

Joseph J. Fittante is a shareholder and member of Larkin Hoffman’s Corporate Law Department. He works in the franchise and distribution area advising franchisors on various topics, including structuring the franchise relationship and registration and disclosure issues. Joe also advises manufacturers on creating distribution networks that do not fall within the purview of state franchise or business opportunity laws and counsels his clients on the management of these networks. He routinely represents privately held companies who are buying or selling businesses.


Sawan S. Patel

Sawan S. Patel is a corporate and franchise attorney who represents entrepreneurs, startups, franchisors, and international ‎companies. He counsels clients on a variety of matters, including entity ‎formation, contracts, domestic and international commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, ‎franchising, contests and sweepstakes, and regulatory compliance. Sawan reviews and drafts contracts, such as distribution agreements, licenses, vendor agreements, equipment purchase and lease arrangements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, and business-to-consumer terms and conditions. He also counsels franchisors in structuring and ‎operating their franchise systems by advising start-up franchisors in creating franchise systems and preparing annual franchise disclosure documents and registrations for established franchisors.


Charles S. Modell

Charles S. Modell has represented franchisors throughout the country in most every imaginable scenario over the course of his 40-year legal career. He counsels franchisors in every stage of their development, including the decision to franchise, preparation and registration of franchise documents, management of franchise relationships, franchise growth strategies, negotiation of supplier and joint venture agreements, and termination of franchise relationships. He also represents private equity companies and existing franchisors in buying and selling franchise companies.


Susan E. Tegt

Susan Tegt represents and counsels clients in a wide variety of commercial, contractual, franchise and distribution disputes. Susan’s experience distinctively includes serving as in-house corporate counsel for two franchise brands: the emerging Waxing the City® brand and top global franchise, Anytime Fitness®. She is also a seasoned trial attorney with comprehensive experience in arbitration and litigation in the state and federal district and appellate courts. With Susan’s range of experience, her clients trust her as both a zealous advocate and someone who will find practical and clear solutions to challenging problems.