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Brian Howard Cole

Brian Howard Cole

Business Law and Contracts Lawyer
Law Offices of Brian H. Cole
Manhattan Beach, CA
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About Brian Howard Cole

Attorney Biography

I focus my practice on corporate and transactional work, primarily for companies and individuals involved in franchise and distribution matters (franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers, and distributors). I have 30+ years’ experience in corporate and transactional work, including over 20 years in which I have mostly worked with people in the franchise and distribution area.

I got my start as a franchise lawyer when I went to work as an in-house attorney for Pizza Hut, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchisors. On my first day of work, Pizza Hut’s general counsel advised me to read Pizza Hut’s form franchise agreement, since that was one of Pizza Hut’s most-significant contracts. A few years later, I was assigned as the principal drafter of a new franchise agreement that was negotiated between Pizza Hut and its franchisee association. Since then, I have been involved in a wide variety of issues concerning franchise businesses and restaurants.

I consider all work that I do for franchisors and franchisees to be "franchise-related." But I don’t just do "franchise law" matters. I also handle general transactional, corporate, and real estate matters--especially for people that are either franchisors or franchisees.

In fact, my experience spans a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including drafting and registering franchise agreements and related documents, buying and selling both individual franchised locations and franchise chains, leasing sites for businesses, corporate organization, and other contractual matters. I also have experience advising clients with a variety of operational issues, especially with respect to restaurant businesses, including employment matters, health code, and liquor licenses. I have spoken and written on a variety of franchise-related topics, including speaking at two of the premiere franchise events each year--the ABA Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association’s Annual Legal Symposium and Annual Convention. I have also spoken at the State Bar Conventions in California and Hawaii on franchise-related topics.

For more information about me, you can also take a look at my Web site: www.briancolelaw.com.

Practice Areas

Business Law (70%)
Contracts (30%)

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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Hawaii State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Colorado State Bar
Inactive Member

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Work Experience

Law Offices of Brian H. Cole

Bryan Cave

Jenkens & Gilchrist

Pizza Hut, Inc. (YUM Brands, Inc. f/k/a Tricon Global Restaurants)

Pizza Hut, Inc. (PepsiCo)

Holland & Hart

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The University of Texas School of Law
The University of Texas School of Law

Rice University

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Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Franchise and Distribution Law
State Bar of California


California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section

California Lawyers Association
California Lawyers Association

Commercial Recognitions

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

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Brian Howard Cole
Law Offices of Brian H. Cole
PO Box 3513
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Office: 805-285-3726

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

Brian Howard Cole - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Brian Howard Cole on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.

Specialty Certification Information

Franchise Law Board Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Franchise and Distribution Law - Lawyers certified as specialists in franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization have shown substantial involvement in this specialty area of law.

The CBLS defines the term "franchise and distribution law" to encompasses matters involving "franchise or other distribution relationships, and includes but is not limited to matters involving the California Franchise Investment Law, the California Franchise Relations Act, the Seller Assisted Marketing Plan Act, the FTC Rule and other similar types of federal, state or foreign laws, including industry-specific laws."