Speaking Experience

  1. “How to Write FPRs in the COVID-19 Era,” Roundtable Facilitator, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, May 6, 2021
  2. “A Comprehensive Legal Review of Creation of a Start-up Franchise System,”American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Denver, Colorado, October 16, 2019
  3. “Issues in Franchising,”Financial Institutions Examiners Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 23, 2019
  4. “Franchise Agreement Provisions:  A Need to Protect the System and Other Franchisees – or Unreasonable Burdens on New Franchisees?,”North American Securities Administrators Association, Franchise Training, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29, 2018
  5. “Item 19 and Your (Franchise) Sales Process,”International Franchise Association Franchise Development Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 16, 2018
  6. “Franchise Law (and Realities),”Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, November 16, 2017
  7. “Regulatory Update,”America Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Palm Desert, California, October 19-20, 2017
  8. “Financial Performance Representations,”2017 International Franchise Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 31, 2017
  9. “Complying With FDD Requirements – Items 5, 6, and 7,”North American Securities Administrators Association, Franchise Training Program, Houston, Texas, November 19, 2016 
  10. “Are You the Next McDonalds?”– The Franchise Expo, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 29-30, 2016
  11. “Financial Performance Representations – What Changes are in Store?,”International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2016
  12. “The Who, What, When and Where of Effective Mediation,”Roundtable Facilitator, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, May 5, 2015
  13. “Minimizing Indicia of Joint Employer Status,”International Franchise Association Franchise Business Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 18, 2014.
  14. “Area Developers, Subfranchisors, Area Reps – Multi-Unit Concepts: How Should They Be Disclosed,”North American Securities Administrators Association, Franchise Training Program, St. Louis, Missouri, November 15, 2014 (also presented at the November 2013 NASAA meeting in Pittsburgh).
  15. Competing Brands Under Common OwnershipAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Seattle, Washington, October 15-17, 2014
  16. Helping Your Client Franchise Their Business– Thomson Reuters Online Seminar – August 28, 2014
  17. Financial Performance Representations (Earnings Claims)– Buy the Numbers, International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2013
  18. Tips, Techniques and Traps for Drafting and Using Financial Performance RepresentationsAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Los Angeles, California, October 4 and 5, 2012
  19. Negotiating with Private Equity Owned FranchiseesInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 21 and 22, 2012
  20. Issues and Challenges for New FranchisorsRoundtable Facilitator, International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, February 14, 2012
  21. Franchise Performance RepresentationsFranchisor Best Practices in the Recruitment Process, Panelist, International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, February 12, 2012
  22. Successfully Franchising Your Business; Is Your Business the Next McDonald’s?Larkin Hoffman Franchise Group, Bloomington, Minnesota, April 2011
  23. Advanced Disclosure Issues:  Pushing the EnvelopeAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, San Diego, California, October 14, 2010
  24. Working with Financially Distressed FranchiseesInternational Franchise Association Annual Convention, San Antonia, Texas, February 2010
  25. The New Sales Paradigm:  What Large Multi-Unit and Private Equity Investors Want from Franchisors2009 International Franchise Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, February 15, 2009
  26. Anatomy of the Sale of a BrandAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Austin, Texas, October 16, 2008
  27. Complying with the Updated and Upgraded FTC Franchise Rule – Lessons LearnedInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, May 12, 2008
  28. Incorporating Strategic Thinking Into Your Franchise AgreementInternational Franchise Association 48th Annual Convention Workshop, Orlando, Florida, February 11, 2008
  29. Franchising in the 21st CenturySmall Business Advisory Committee of Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 14, 2007
  30. Franchise FundamentalsAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 10, 2007
  31. Franchise Disclosure and RegistrationAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 11 and 12, 2007
  32. Franchise Law and Disclosure Law ComplianceInternational Franchise Association Legal Roundtable, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 28, 2007
  33. The Revised Federal Trade Commission Franchise RuleInternational Franchise Association Legal Roundtable, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 28, 2007
  34. Understanding and Using Financial StatementsAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Boston, Massachusetts, October 12 and 13, 2006
  35. Hot Topics in Franchising, Fast Track in Franchise ManagementNova University Franchise Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 4, 2006 (also presented in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, April 11, 2005, May 3, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13, 2003, and in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 9, 2003)
  36. Advanced Topics Under the Proposed FTC RuleAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Orlando, Florida, October 20 and 21, 2005
  37. Buying and Selling Franchise Companies – Charting a Course for Smooth SailingInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, May 9 and 10, 2005
  38. Developing and Managing a Franchise Sales Compliance ProgramRoundtable Moderator at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 9, 2004
  39. Secrets to Dynamic Franchise Success, Keeping an Eye on Business, a Discussion of Business Ethics IssuesNova University Franchise Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 7, 2003
  40. Strategic Franchising Issues:  Hot Topics in FranchisingUniversity of St. Thomas Institute for Franchise Management Mini-MBA® in Franchising Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16, 2002 (also taught ten additional times between 1997 and 2002)
  41. Rescission of Franchise Agreements:  Law and PolicyAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 11, 2002
  42. Structuring the Franchise Relationship, Fundamentals of Franchising ProgramAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 9, 2002
  43. Ending a Franchise Relationship/Issues and Alternatives to TerminationInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 13 and 14, 2002
  44. Purchasing Co-OpsRoundtable Facilitator at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, February 12, 2002
  45. Bringing Franchisees Into the Family:  Developing a Mentor ProgramInternational Franchise Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, February 11, 2002 (workshop leader)
  46. Keeping the Enforcers at Bay – Handling an FTC or State Franchise InvestigationAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, San Francisco, California, October 11 and 12, 2001
  47. Registration and Disclosure Law UpdateInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 6-8, 2001
  48. Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution TechniquesInternational Franchise Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 24, 2001
  49. Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise CompaniesCLE International Franchise Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 17, 2000
  50. MediationsCLE International Franchise Law Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 17, 2000
  51. Mediation of Franchise DisputesEmerging Franchisor Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 21, 2000
  52. Dealing with Difficult and Under Performing FranchiseesRoundtable Facilitator at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, February 22, 2000
  53. The UFOC:  What Goes In It and How to Use ItFranchise Sales Compliance seminar presented by Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Bloomington, Minnesota, October 29, 1999
  54. Preparing Earnings ClaimsFranchise Sales Compliance seminar presented by Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Bloomington, Minnesota, October 29, 1999
  55. Planning the Franchisee Exit:  Strategies for Franchisors and FranchiseesAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Rancho Mirage, California, October 14-15, 1999
  56. Effectively Structuring Earnings Disclosures: What to Disclose and How to Disclose it Without Creating Additional Liability for the FranchisorInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 24-25, 1999
  57. Franchise System Structuring and DevelopmentMinnesota Institute of Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 4, 1999
  58. Laws of Franchising and DistributionMinnesota Institute of Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 6, 1998
  59. How to Franchise Your BusinessUpper Midwest Hospitality Restaurant & Lodging Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 3, 1998
  60. Where Is Franchising Headed As We Approach the New Millennium?Emerging Franchisor Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 1, 1997
  61. Earnings ClaimsInternational Franchise Association Second Tuesday Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 14, 1997 
  62. Expansion:  Minimizing Legal Risk and Resolving DisputesAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising Mid-Year Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 1997
  63. Franchise Advisory Councils and Franchisee AssociationsRoundtable Moderator at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, March 3, 1997
  64. EncroachmentInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 13-14, 1996
  65. Learning to Swim; Avoiding the Undertow – Presale Violations, Rescission, Remedies, and Damage ControlAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Orlando, Florida, October 12-13, 1995
  66. Disclosure Issues, Fundamentals of FranchisingAmerican Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Orlando, Florida, October 11, 1995
  67. Covenants Not To CompeteInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 22-23, 1995
  68. Taking a Realistic Look at the Franchise Relationship ProcessRoundtable Moderator at the International Franchise Association Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 23, 1995
  69. The Essential Elements of a Franchise Distribution AgreementMinnesota Institute Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 27, 1994
  70. The New Uniform Franchise Offering Circular Guidelines:  Issues That a Franchisor Must Review and Consider as it Prepares its Offering Circular Under the New UFOC Guidelines (Panel Member)Minnesota Institute Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 27, 1994
  71. Trademark Licensing:  Avoiding (or Complying with) Franchise LawsIntellectual Property Law Seminar presented by Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Bloomington, Minnesota,
    May 18, 1994
  72. Structuring the Franchise Relationship, Fundamentals of Franchising ProgramAmerican Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, August 9, 1993
  73. Developing a Franchise ConceptUniversity of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 15, 1993
  74. Representing Franchisors and ManufacturersMinnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 3, 1992
  75. Deciphering Disclosures and ContractsUniversity of St. Thomas Center for Entrepreneurship, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 31, 1992
  76. Working Creatively with Franchise Relationship LawsInternational Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 11-12, 1992
  77. Ask Your LawyerInternational Franchise Association Annual Convention, Palm Desert, California, February 5, 1992
  78. FranchisingVenture Development Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 31, 1991
  79. Dealing With Breakaway Franchisees – Covenants Not To Compete (and Other Assorted Remedies)International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., May 7-8, 1990