Auto Dealership Law
Our attorneys provide the full range of legal services needed by auto dealers. Our firm has the industry knowledge and experience to efficiently handle routine or complex legal issues encountered by auto dealers. We offer legal services in the following dealership areas:
State franchise laws provide statutory protection to dealers that manufacturers often try to circumvent. The firm has successfully advocated claims on behalf of dealers involving renewal or, alleged breach of dealer sales and service agreements, compliance with performance metrics, and relocation protests.
Our attorneys are experienced in analyzing and litigating disputes where performance metrics are at issue in the dealer's primary area such as sales effectiveness, sales efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitability. We have worked with expert witnesses who can independently assess manufacturer claims of poor performance that may be inaccurate.
State and Federal Regulations
The firm assists dealers in complying with state and federal regulations applicable to auto dealers. Our practitioners routinely provide advice, analyze areas of exposure and respond to inquiries from governmental authorities, including the Georgia Office of Consumer Protection.
Dealership Purchase & Sale
Protecting Your Company's Interest
If you are buying or selling a dealership, you need experienced counsel to protect your company's interests. Firm members assist dealers in structuring transactions, preparing purchase and sale documents, interacting with lenders and conducting closings.
Commercial Real Estate
Analyze, Structure, Negotiate and Close
Whether your company is leasing, purchasing or selling real estate, our Commercial Real Estate Section can analyze, structure, negotiate and close your transactions. When creativity is required to achieve investment objectives and minimize tax consequences, our veteran lawyers can provide the insight that you need.
David Turner and his colleagues are a very talented group who have helped me grow my portfolio of auto dealerships for some 20 years. They have done a great job providing the full range of legal services that my businesses need. I heartily recommend them to other businesses looking for experienced counsel, integrity and value.
Carriage Automotive Group
Labor and Employment Law
Our labor and employment counselors will advise you about recommended employment practices to ensure legal compliance and enhance your workplace environment. When claims occur, our litigators will defend claims brought under state or federal law including the ADA, FMLA, for wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, race, age or gender discrimination.
Consumer claims, especially those involving the Office of Consumer Protection, should be handled prudently to protect your dealership's reputation and to prevent adverse results. You need knowledgeable counsel to efficiently analyze claims and promote economical solutions.
Corporation Formation and Governance
Our corporate lawyers can advise you and set up the best choice of business entity to meet your objectives and maximize your legal protection.
Litigation in State and Federal Courts
Firm litigators have extensive experience in state and federal courts, from routine matters to complex commercial litigation.
So You've Gotten a 180 Day Letter From Your Franchisor: Now What?
It has become a more frequent occurrence in these days of struggling auto makers for franchise auto dealers to get a certified letter from their manufacturer (the "franchisor") stating that they have 180 days to correct performance deficiencies. What does such a notice really mean to the dealer, and how should he or she react if at all? This article will address these issues from the dealer's perspective and attempt to provide some guidance.