Join us to hear Gerry Wells, Partner with DLA Piper, and John Myers, Partner with Sayfarth Shaw, LLP, as they share some of their thoughts on the New Regulations’ Impact on Franchising and how these new developments will impact franchising.


The Ravinia Club
2 Ravinia Drive
Atlanta, GA 30342
(770) 392-7300

Today there is a host of legislation and regulations either in the implementation stages or being proposed that will have a direct impact on franchisors and franchisees. Topics during this panel discussion will include subjects that discuss Independent Contractor Laws; Franchisees as Employees; EEOC, FMLA, and ADA; States Interests in taxing Royalties; Food Safety Act; and A Healthcare Update.

The Speakers

Gerald C. Wells is a Partner with DLA Piper.

Gerald focuses his practice in franchising, licensing, distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.

He counsels start-up and established franchisors, licensors and manufacturers across a diverse range of industries. He has structured and documented numerous franchise and distribution programs. Mr. Wells has been involved in numerous corporate transactions related to the acquisition and sale of franchise systems.

Gerald, is a longstanding member of The Southeast Franchise Forum and the IFA’s Legal Symposium Task Force.

John Meyers is a Partner with Sayfarth Shaw, LLP.

John concentrates his practice in labor and employment law on behalf of management. Since 1983, he has represented private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation, including class action litigation, National Labor Relations Board matters, labor arbitrations, unfair competition, enforcement of covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, and wrongful discharge.

Mr. Meyers is labor and employment counsel to a wide range of client companies that include companies in the food service, property management, hotel, publishing, security, beverage, computer, service and manufacturing industries.