4000 MacArthur Blvd.
Suite 600. East Tower
Newport Beach, CA 92660

920 Glenneyre, Suite A
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Ph: (949) 376-9977     Fx: (949) 494-3448     Email: rodhatter@fran-law.com

California Franchise Attorneys
Southern California Franchise Lawyers Since 1985

We provide at an affordable cost the most experienced, trained and well-educated franchise attorney services you can find anywhere in the United States. 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.

Rod is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. 

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.
  • We create  new franchise sales programs for franchisors, including Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), franchise agreements,  development agreements, master franchise agreements and qualifying  new programs in California and other states.
  • We help entrepreneurs buy a franchise, and we help franchisees with problems.
  • We form new corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.
  • We file and pursue trademark applications and provide counsel on all intellectual property matters.
  • We draft contracts for all purposes: confidentiality (nondisclosure) agreements, employment agreements, operating agreements, lease agreements, purchase agreements, sale agreements, financing agreements, settlement agreements, technology licenses and other agreements.
  • We help clients avoid the harsh consequences of the federal and state business opportunity laws. 
  • We know how to develop a business chain using legal alternatives that other law firms wish they knew.
  • We handle private placements and securities law filings.
  • We can also help you with estate planning and living trusts.

We are well known for helping establish new franchise programs. Our experience has shown us how to set up a franchise program that is up to date and different from the usual new franchise program. 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" and easy to read and to understand. They are also better balanced to protect all parties' rights and clarify everyone's obligations. In short, they don't frighten away prospects.

Then we add forty-five plus years of experience at preventing problems and answering questions which are familiar to us but confusion to merely all others. This and more are part of our lump sum new franchise package.

While we are not a large firm, we provide all of the legal advice and assistance you will 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.

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, plus $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.