L. Michael Hankes  |  ATTORNEY AT LAW
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L. Michael Hankes is a franchise attorney licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire who focuses his practice on the representation of franchisees, dealers and distributors. He represents clients with franchising issues from all over the United States. Michael Hankes is a trial lawyer with many years of experience in the arts of strategic planning and analysis, negotiation and dispute resolution. The services he offers to franchise clients are varied and include strategic planning and analysis, especially for multi-unit franchises. He provides services in multiple aspects of dispute resolution, up to and including trial on the merits of disputed issues between franchisees and their franchisors. Mr. Hankes represents independent franchisee associations. In addition, he engages in the representation of groups of franchisees in both the collective negotiation of group issues and the prosecution of group rights in Court, arbitration or mediation settings.

The Meineke Dealers Association has engaged the services of Michael Hankes as legal counsel. From 1999-2000, Michael Hankes served as lead negotiator in group negotiations of a new franchise agreement spearheaded by 111 individual dealers and clients from the Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, Inc. (Meineke) franchise system. The new Meineke franchise agreement won the Fair Franchising Seal from the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAF&D) with one of the highest scores ever awarded to a major franchisor by the AAF&D. Michael Hankes received a Chairman’s Award from the Meineke dealers at the AAF&D’s annual convention in San Diego in April of 2000 for his efforts as lead negotiator for the Meineke dealers. In June of 2002, Michael Hankes won an individual Chairman’s award from the AAF&D at its annual meeting in Chicago for his outstanding service to the franchise community. In May of 2006, he won yet another Chairman’s Award from the AAF&D for his work in the land­mark case of Inde­pen­dent Asso­ci­a­tion of Mail­box Cen­ter Own­ers, Inc. et al. v. The Supe­rior Court of San Diego County, Mail Boxes Etc., U.S.A., Inc. et al., 133 Cal.App.4th 396 (2005).

L. Michael Hankes has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In appropriate cases, Mr. Hankes utilizes creative fee agreements that modify traditional hourly billing. Please contact Michael Hankes whose biography is set out in this website, if you think he may be of service to you.

From time to time articles and new items written about or arising in the context of franchising are posted in the articles section of the website. Mr. Hankes offers these articles and news items as a public service for franchisees, dealers and distributors as well as the lawyers who service their interests.

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