Mediating Franchise Disputes
Along with the growth of franchising in many industries comes a noticeable rise in the number of franchisor-franchisee disputes, particularly last year in the restaurant sector, both in the U.S. and in Canada. It is likely that despite earnest efforts on both sides to avoid a dispute, a time will come during the course of a franchise term when the franchisor and the franchisee may not agree or may see things differently on a key issue, one that may or may not be addressed in their agreement.
If you have been or think you will be in the position of advocating for either side in these disputes, mediator Ricardo Cata will share his insights on why these disputes are particularly suited to mediation, and how the process addresses the interests of both parties. Joined by host Shelley Leinicke, also a mediator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, Ricardo will present this Webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The Florida Bar has accredited this program for 1 credit of CLE (Continuing Legal Education) and 1 certification credit in business litigation.
Since establishing his full-time mediation practice in 2013, Ricardo Cata has continually elevated his profile and level of qualification in the area of commercial mediation, contractual and real estate disputes, franchise disputes, intellectual property disputes, as well as insurance coverage, professional liability and personal injury disputes. His prior 38-year career included representing resorts and tour operators from Latin America in Florida’s circuit and federal courts. Ricardo also represented domestic and international manufacturers of products on claims of defect, and represented U.S. and Latin American clients in commercial and contractual disputes. A native of Cuba, Ricardo mediates in English and Spanish.
As a mediator, Shelley brings her familiarity with broadly varied and complex issues to her practice at Upchurch Watson White and Max, where she focuses on cases involving issues of medical malpractice, product liability, nursing home liability, automobile negligence, premises liability, insurance coverage disputes, and wrongful death. Shelley served as the head of the appellate practice department at Wicker, Smith, O'Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A. before joining Upchurch Watson White & Max as a mediator in 2016. She also maintained an active 39-year trial practice and worked closely with other attorneys to assist them in resolution of a wide range of discovery, evidentiary, and legal issues before and during trial.