dedicated and singularly-focused
services delivery

California State Bar Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law

Blue-California-State-Bar-logo-Rodney-R-Hatter-Associates-Franchise-Attorneys-in-California

Former General Counsel of Taco Bell Corp.

Taco-Bell-Corporation-franchise-logo-Rodney-R-Hatter-Associates-California-franchise-and-distribution-law-firm

West Coast Area Counsel of PepsiCo, Inc.

PepsiCo-Inc.-logo-square-Rodney-R-Hatter-was-General-Counsel-for-West-Coast-Area-Counsel-PepsiCo-Inc.-in-California

Our legal services are always personal, full of common sense and to the point. We will tell you in advance what it will cost. No nonsense.

The law offices of Rodney R. Hatter & Associates were established in 1985 and are located in Orange County, California. We are licensed to practice law in the State of California, but our clients have headquarters on both coasts and many places in between. Our Southern California business clients come from San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties to utilize our services because of our dedicated and singularly-focused services delivery.

Best-in-Business Franchise Attorneys

We create new franchise sales programs for franchisors

Franchise and Distribution Law for us involves assistance in many areas needed by small businesses and entrepreneurs. We help both Franchisors and Franchisees as well any other developing business.

Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs)

Franchise Agreements

Developer Agreements

Master Franchise Agreements

Qualifying New Programs in California and other states

We help Entrepeneurs buy a Franchise

We help Franchisees who have problems

We file and pursue trademark applications and provide counsel on all intellectual property matters

We draft contracts for all purposes

We form new corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships

We can help develop new franchise programs or improve existing franchise programs.

Known For Our Excellence in
Establishing New Franchise Programs


Our experience has shown us how to set up a franchise program that is up to date and different from other “typical” programs.

 First, we develop a step by step process which is simple, direct and highlights the most important details and issues. Our documents are always “in plain English.” They’re easy to read and to understand. And they’re better balanced to protect all parties’ rights and clarify everyone’s obligations.

In short, they don’t frighten away prospects.


Then we add fifty plus years of experience at preventing problems. 

We answer all of our clients questions. 

This and more are part of our lump sum package for new franchises.

All the personal attention you expect from a small firm.

The legal advice and assistance you need for your legal problem.

If it involves litigation or another specialty, we know who to call because our many years of experience allow us to “associate” with the best and avoid the rest.

At a cost you can afford.

We charge substantially less than most other lawyers who have had similar experience and expertise. And we don’t double charge you for more than one attorney at a time. 

Large firms often charge hourly as much as $600 or more for the partner and over $300 for other lawyers. Not to mention $150 for paralegals, all of which can easily be over $1,000 per hour! 

We see this too often done by large firms.

We are able to keep our hourly rates low because the work is not delegated to other attorneys or paralegals who must be managed. Very few clients have ever complained about our billings. We appreciate that, and we believe that is because we assist our clients in improving their bottom line. Our clients profit from our expert advice, efficient service and timely service and affordable fees. This is the Rodney R. Hatter & Associates ultimate commitment.

Board Certified Franchise and Distribution Law Offices Established 1985

Dedicated and singularly-focused services delivery

The law offices of Rodney R. Hatter & Associates were established in 1985 and are located in Orange County, California. We are licensed to practice law in the State of California, but our clients have headquarters on both coasts and many places in between. 

4000 MacArthur Blvd.

East Tower, Suite 600

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: (949) 376-9977

Fax: (949) 494-3448

Email: rodhatter@fran-law.com

Copyright © 2019 Rodney R. Hatter & Associates, all rights reserved – Powered by Andrea Lynn Drake, LLC
Privacy PolicyDisclaimer