Retail law governs the sale of goods and services and the advertising thereof to consumers. Unlike other businesses, retailers interface with consumers, wholesalers and lessors. The nature or retail business automatically exposes retailers to a certain amount of risk. The attorneys at Hull Barrett work tirelessly for its clients to minimize the exposure to third parties.

Importance of Retail Law

For the new retail business owner, the initial plethora of retail law questions may seem daunting: formation of the company with the Secretary of State; creating operating documents to govern the business; opening bank accounts; locating a place of business either individually or through a broker; negotiating a franchise agreement; negotiating a rental lease and in some cases, covenants and access rights; establishing vendor and purchasing agreements; creating employment handbooks and standards; hiring employees; reviewing intellectual property rights of a franchise or creating a personalized brand; insuring the business against liability and in some cases, insuring the owners personally; and financing the purchase of property or goods. There are a lot of issues to navigate. But our clients do not have to do it alone.

The attorneys at Hull Barrett pride themselves in their longstanding relationships with retailers. Hull Barrett serves as general and local counsel directly or through insurers to national, regional and local retailers in both transactional and dispute resolution matters. Whether a retailer is a new company or a seasoned franchise, Hull Barrett attorneys are able to assist clients navigate legal issues related to:

  • Business formation
  • Class action litigation
  • Commercial collections
  • Commercial real estate
  • Employee handbooks
  • Environmental issues
  • Financing
  • Franchise agreements
  • Health care law
  • Land use and zoning
  • Lease negotiation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Personnel and workforce management
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Tax appeals
  • Vendor contracts
  • Workers compensation

Representative Clients

  • Grocery stores
  • Big box retailers
  • Car dealerships
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Local retailers
  • Financial institutions
  • Restaurant franchises
  • Energy companies
  • Shopping center owners and developers