Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Franchising, 1992-Present
International Franchise Association's Supplier Forum, 1994-Present
Supplier Forum, Chair, 2008-2009
Supplier Forum Board of Advisors, 2002-Present
International Franchise Association's
Board of Directors, 2007-2009
Legal/Legislative Committee, 1996-Present
Franchise Relations Committee, 2001-Present
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.
Board of Directors, 1999-2007
Chair, Business Development Committee, 1998-2001, 2010-Present
Chair, Legal Personnel Committee, 2004-2007
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1987 J.D.
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, 1984 B.A.
Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2003-2008
(formerly known as Minnesota Law & Politics magazine)
International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2006-2012
"Hot Shot Lawyers Under 40" by Franchise Times magazine, August 2001
Named as one of "Twenty to Watch" by Franchise Times magazine, January 2008
Franchise and Distribution
Franchise Disclosure: The Breakdown in Uniformity; Co-Authored with Rupert M. Barkoff
Franchise disclosure is at, or may now even be past, a crossroads. For thirty years, since the adoption of the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (“UFOC”) Guidelines in the early 1970’s, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) and its predecessors have made a conscious effort to streamline disclosure contents and the disclosure process. Headway has been made. The 1987 Guidelines, as refined in 1994, were notable advancements toward bringing uniformity to the process. Also, the coordinated efforts among the states, with cooperation from the FTC, has made it considerably easier today to prepare one document that can meet legal requirements in multiple jurisdictions.
Award of Attorney Fees Under Franchise Agreements: Specific Language is Important
Under English Law, the prevailing party in a lawsuit is entitled to the award of attorney fees, but under the “American rule of law”, except in certain extraordinary cases, absent an agreement of the parties, each party pays its own attorney fees. As a result, many franchise agreements contain provisions allowing the award of attorney fees to the prevailing party in a dispute. Four recent cases stress the importance of the specific language contained in the agreement.
Hottest Legal Topics: Summary of Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies
Despite the recent slowdown in the economy, there continues to be a number of acquisitions of franchise companies, and the acquisition of these companies is expected to continue.
What It Takes To Franchise Your Business
and Andrew Perrin This article was originally published in Minnesota Business magazine in June 1995.
Perrin Named to Franchise Times' 20 to Watch in 2008
Andrew Perrin is included in Franchise Times' "20 to Watch in 2008" as one of the leaders of the franchise community to look for in 2008.
Perrin Elected to IFA Board of Directors
Andrew Perrin was named to the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) board of directors during the 47th annual IFA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larkin Hoffman Congratulates 14 Super Lawyers
Fourteen Larkin Hoffman shareholders are named 2006 Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.
Stoltman Reelected President; Board Members Elected
Larkin Hoffman is pleased to announce that Thomas "Tim" P. Stoltman has been reelected to serve as the firm's president for another one-year term. Stoltman is a shareholder in Larkin Hoffman's Real Estate Department and has served as the firm's president since 2000. In addition, Peter J. Coyle and Gary A. Van Cleve were reelected to another term on the Board of Directors, and Paul B. Plunkett was elected to a new term on the Board. They join currently-serving directors Terrence E. Bishop, William C. Griffith and Andrew F. Perrin.
Larkin Hoffman Women's Networking Event at the Minneapolis Central Library
The Larkin Hoffman women attorneys hosted a professional networking event at the the Minneapolis Central Library. The annual event strives to connect women with women to foster professional relationships.
Three Larkin Hoffman Franchise Attorneys Participate in the IFA 49th Annual Convention
Joseph Fittante, Jr., Charles Modell and Andrew Perrin had active roles in the success of the International Franchise Association's 49th Annual Convention held in San Diego, California from February 14-17, 2009.
Perrin Presents at IFA 47th Annual Meeting
Andrew Perrin presented at the International Franchise Association's 47th Annual Meeting, held February 24-28, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larkin Hoffman Franchise Attorneys Attend 46th Annual IFA Convention
Modell, Perrin and Fittante attend the International Franchise Association where Perrin was elected as Second Vice Chair of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board in Palm Springs, California in February, 2006.
Larkin Hoffman Franchise Attorneys Prepare for the Forum on Franchising
Larkin Hoffman franchise attorneys will present at the 28th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising held in Orlando, Florida on October 19-21, 2005.
Larkin Hoffman Co-Sponsors IFA Quarterly Meeting featuring Congressman Mark Kennedy
The Larkin Hoffman Franchise group co-sponsored the International Franchise Association's Quarterly Meeting featuring Congressman Mark Kennedy at the Minneapolis Club.
Three Larkin Hoffman Franchise Attorneys Participate in the IFA 45th Annual Convention
Larkin Hoffman franchise attorneys Chuck Modell, Andrew Perrin and Joe Fittante attended the 45th Annual IFA Convention held March 6-9, 2005 in Hollywood, Florida.