Franchise Law: The Dos and Don’ts (FL)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

This program is no longer approved for CLE credit in Florida, but this is a great introductory program on franchise law. It is now 50% off.

This hour long audio recording will familiarize you with the patchwork of federal and state laws related to Franchises in Florida. Perspectives from both the franchisor and franchisee will be explored.

You’ll get a terrific introduction to franchising, from both the Franchisors’ and Franchisee’s Perspective, our faculty will define the important terms you really need to know, and discuss myths vs. realities. He’ll then get into the FTC rules, elements of a franchise, documents and Florida state law. Lastly, he’ll end with dangerous contract clauses and what is negotiable.

If you’re thinking about representing franchise clients in Florida, this program is for you.

This program was recorded in 2016.

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What You Will Learn


  • General Overview of Franchising
  • Franchisors’s Perspective
  • Franchisee’s Perspecive
  • Define Important Terms
  • Franchising Purpose
  • Myths vs. Realities
  • History of Franchising

FTC Rule

  • Elements of a Franchise
  • Inadvertent Franchise
  • Franchise Disclosure Document
  • State Franchise Law

Franchise Agreement

  • Dangerous Contract Clauses
  • Negotiability


Leon Hirzel, Esq.

Hirzel & Dreyfuss, P.A.

Leon F. Hirzel, Esq. is a franchise attorney that focuses on protecting and enforcing the rights of franchisees. He has represented franchisees in numerous different brands and industries in all phases of the franchise life cycle—at the beginning (the purchase), during the journey, and at termination. 

Leon has represented many people interested in making the long-term commitment of purchasing a franchise. Having formerly worked in the legal department of a major health club franchise corporation, Leon understands the mentality of the franchisor and knows what clauses in the franchise agreement a franchisor may be willing to negotiate. Leon uses his knowledge and experience to assist his clients in identifying common issues in the franchise disclosure document that could become problematic. He has successfully negotiated with franchisors reasonable changes to the franchise agreement to minimize risks and better protect his client’s investment.  

In the event of a franchise dispute, Leon works to achieve the most efficient and effective resolution for his client—prior to litigation, if possible, or at trial, if necessary. Leon routinely handles franchise litigation in courts and arbitration proceedings in the United States. He has helped numerous franchisees achieve successful resolutions to their disputes with their franchisors involving violation of federal and state franchise laws, breach of franchise agreement, unfair and deceptive trade practices, unlawful termination, and common law misrepresentation claims. 

Leon is fully fluent in Spanish and has represented individuals from all over Latin America seeking to purchase a franchise in the United States or to resolve an issue they are facing with their franchisor. 

Leon is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. He is also a member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, the International Franchise Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association. Leon also regularly attends franchise trade shows throughout Florida and in other parts of the United States, as well as international franchise trade shows. Leon has presented lectures at various gatherings on franchise law topics vital to franchisees, such as the Orlando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Franchise University. Leon has also authored articles on franchise issues important to franchisees, such as "Franchise Myths vs. Realities." 


Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Florida State University 

Juris Doctorate, Nova Southeastern University 

Everything Else, School of the Hard Knocks 



Order today and get this recording for 50% off!

Audio Course and Materials Package – CD or Download: $169 $84

CD: plus $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

CLE Credit


CA General:  This program is approved for 1.0 units of general CLE in California.

Please note: Our recorded webinars are self-study only. Participatory credits are not available for this program.

FL General:  This program is no longer approved in Florida. CLE expired February 10, 2018.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.


Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $8.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$169.00 $84.00 each

Recorded in 2016.