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Tony Marks has experience in a broad range of transactional matters, initial formation and capitalization, licensing, venture capital financing, debt financing, intellectual property protection and licensing, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, and strategic transactions.  He regularly acts as outside general counsel for clients in connection with a broad range of day-to-day corporate and commercial transactions.

Mr. Marks also counsels clients in the spectrum of franchise and distribution law, including structuring new domestic and international franchise and licensing programs, franchise registration and disclosure matters, terminating and renewing franchise relationships, negotiating complex multi-unit transactions and transfers, and assessing the applicability of federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws. Mr. Marks is certified by the State Bar of California as a Franchise and Distribution Law Specialist. He is a former co-chair of the California Bar Association Franchise Law Committee.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Los Angeles Chapter, Board Member
    • Best Lawyers In America - Franchise, 2013-2017
    • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2012-2016
    • Named as a 2013-2015 Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics
    • Named as a 2006-2011 Southern California "Rising Star" by Law & Politics
    • Certified Franchise and Distribution Law Specialist, State Bar of California
    • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2012-2016
    • Named as a 2013-2015 Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics
    • Named as a 2006-2011 Southern California "Rising Star" by Law & Politics
    • Certified Franchise and Distribution Law Specialist, State Bar of California
    • Named as a 2006-2011 Southern California "Rising Star" by Law & Politics
    • Certified Franchise and Distribution Law Specialist, State Bar of California
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Professional Affiliations

    • State Bar of California – Commissioner Board of Legal Specialization, 2013-Present
    • State Bar of California – Co-Chair, Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section, 2007-2008
    • American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising
    • State Bar of California – Co-Chair, Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section, 2007-2008
    • American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising
    • American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising
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Publications

Mr. Marks has authored and co-authored, or contributed to, articles and seminar materials on franchising and corporate matters. His select publications include:

  • “California Assembly Bill 525: A Resounding Win for Franchisees or a Source for Further Dispute?,” DISTRIBUTION The Newsletter of the Distribution and Franchising Committee Vol. 20, No. 1 March 2016, ABA Section of Antitrust Law [co author]

  • “Building Brands Through Franchising and Licensing,” Los Angeles Business Journal, September 29, 2014
  • “Menu Label Laws: A Survey,” Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall 2009
  • “California Franchise Law and Practice:  Filings with the Department of Corporations,” Continuing Education for the Bar, 2009
  • “Recent Developments in Franchise Law,” Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2008 Annual Review
  • “Recent Advancements In Franchise Law — Limitations On Arbitration Provisions And The Revised FTC Rule,” Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2007 Annual Review
  • “FTC Franchise Rule 2.0,” ABA Consumer Protection Newsletter, co-author, Spring 2007
  • “Precedent Lives: California Strikes Down Pre-Dispute Waivers of Jury Trials,” Andrews Litigation Reporter, 2005
    Contributing Professional – Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th Edition, 2005

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Marks has spoken at the International Franchise Association’s Annual Legal Symposium and Annual Convention, and other franchise law-related meetings and training sessions. His select speaking engagements include:

  • "Business Laws and Regulations That Affect Franchise Systems," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, October, 2010
  • “Franchise Agreement Drafting,” International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, May 16-18, 2010
  • “Vicarious Liability,” International Franchise Association 2009 Annual Convention, Legal Roundtable
  • “Top 9 Things You Need to Know when Renting a Business and What you need to Know About Licensing,” California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 2008
  • “Embracing the New FTC Rule,” International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Roundtable Presenter, May, 2008
  • “Legal 101,” 22nd Annual UCLA Entrepreneurs Conference, May 2007