Federal and state antitrust laws in conjunction with comprehensive distribution and franchise laws establish a large and sometimes inconsistent scheme of regulation, poor navigation of which can result in significant civil and criminal penalties. Such comprehensive regulation creates the need for carefully structured relationships between manufacturers, distributors, retail sellers, and skilled legal counsel. Thoughtful legal planning and representation will help protect your business interests and limit liability that may occur while distributing or retailing products in the United States.

Our Services

The Firm's distribution, franchise, and marketing lawyers combine up-to-date knowledge of the ever-changing distribution laws of the different states; a deep understanding of federal antitrust and distribution laws; and basic common sense counseling skills honed by actual litigation of these issues. Our lawyers have helped our clients do the following:

  • Establish dealer networks
  • Implement sales procedures
  • Implement pricing policies that comply with federal and state laws
  • Negotiate and document distributorship sales representation and franchise agreements
  • Warranty-based claims
  • Workout issues related to dealership failures, including protection of security from sales out of trust, and failure to pay relevant state and federal taxes
  • Litigate civil and arbitration settings disputes between dealers and manufacturers, involving claims of improper termination, antitrust violations, and lender liability

Our Clients

The Firm advises motor vehicle industry manufacturers, truck part distributors, athletic equipment industry manufacturers, heavy industry manufacturers, bicycle component industry manufacturers, chemical and biological industry manufacturers, and luggage industry manufacturers regarding the distribution of their products through their respective dealership networks.

Firm Highlights
Client Alert

Supreme Court Decision Provides Good News for Creditors

More
News

David W. Sweeney Named to Missouri’s POWER List for Lawyer-Lobbyists by Missouri Lawyers Media

More
News

Paul R. Himmelstein Joins Lewis Rice Kansas City Office

More
Client Alert

Employers, Start Planning Now – Get Ahead with the Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

More
Client Alert

Employee Benefit Provisions in the Recent COVID-19 Relief Bill

More
Client Alert

Have You Done Your Annual CCPA Housekeeping?

More
News

Lindsay S. C. Brinton and Meghan S. Largent Negotiate $1.4 Million Settlement for Landowners along Legacy Trail

More
Client Alert

City of St. Louis 2021 Primary Municipal Election: Meet the Candidates

More
News

Winthrop B. Reed, III and the Saint Louis Zoo Unveil Name of Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park

More
Client Alert

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Considerations for Employers

More
News

Brian P. Pezza Discusses Vaccination Considerations for Employees in Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Article

More
News

Jerina D. Phillips Offers COVID-19 Vaccination Advice for Employers in St. Louis Magazine Article

More
Client Alert

Key Tax Benefits in the New $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill

More
News

Jeremy P. Brummond’s Article on Waivers of Consequential Damages is Published in Construction Executive

More
Client Alert

PPP Round 2: Newly-Authorized Initial and Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Other Changes Benefit Borrowers

More
News

Lewis Rice Wins Significant Victory for Atlanta Landowners Impacted by the Belt Line Rail-Trail

More
News

David W. Sweeney Interviewed in Realtime REALTOR® Podcast on Changes to Elections in the City of St. Louis

More
Diversity & Inclusion

Fatima G. Khan Elected President of South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

More
Diversity & Inclusion

Apollo Carey Selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD’s) 2021 Fellows Program

More
News

Lewis Rice Names Brian J. Figueroa Member of the Firm

More