Custom Legal Solutions For Franchisees Nationwide

At Lanard and Associates, we create tailored legal strategies to help your business thrive.

Trusted Guidance For Franchisees

Deciding to become a franchisee is a big step. The process can feel overwhelming, and a small mistake can have significant financial repercussions. At Lanard and Associates, we will guide you through each step of the process. Our experienced franchise law team can evaluate your legal documents, set up your legal entity as a corporation or LLC and help you negotiate a strong commercial lease. With over 25 years of legal expertise in franchise law, we are confident that we can put you on the right path to business success.
Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Franchising
Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2023
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
Rated by Super Lawyers | Nancy L. Lanard |
LE | Franchise Times | Legal Eagles
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Practice Areas

Franchise Law
Commercial Lease Review
Contract Law
Business Law
Frequently Asked Questions
Over 25 Years Representing Business And Franchise Clients

Why Should You Work With Lanard and Associates?

  • National reach: Our firm represents clients throughout the United States. We can help you confidently and seamlessly expand your business throughout the country.
  • Franchise experience: With over 25 years of franchise law experience, we provide the in-depth legal insights to help make your business successful.
  • Widely recognized: Nancy has a “Superb” rating on Avvo and is AV Preeminent peer-review* rated, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has received Legal Eagle recognition by Franchise Times over 12 consecutive years. These honors reflect the skills, knowledge and expertise to get the results you desire.
  • Personal attention: We work closely with clients, providing the high level of attention they deserve. We want to help your business grow and thrive.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Do Not Sign A Commercial Lease Without Having Lanard And Associates Negotiate It

Commercial leases tend to favor the landlord when written. At Lanard and Associates, we ensure that you sign a lease that puts you in a much stronger tenant position. We will go through the document with you line by line, explaining the legalese in plain English and how the terms will impact you. We understand the repercussions of signing an unfavorable lease agreement and will strongly advocate on your behalf to protect your best interests. With our decades of lease negotiation experience we know what terms are critical to your business future. We will take care of the fine print so you can drive the larger vision.

Get To Know Our Legal Team

Our award-winning team represents business and franchise law clients across the United States.
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Nancy Lanard

Senior Partner

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Erin Pallas Gray

Senior Attorney

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Sara Korol

Senior Attorney

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Kimberly Meyer


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Rebecca Renn


What Is It Like To Work With Us?

“I know I told you this already, but [Sara] is a star. Not just a great lawyer, but really strategic in how she thinks.”

David D

“Hi Nancy,
Zoe and I just wanted wish you a happy new year. We also wanted to share with you that Yvonne has been fantastic! She’s thorough and so hardworking ( as you know 😊 ). We really appreciate everything you and Yvonne have done for us.

Hope you have a great holiday,”


“Thanks to you and Yvonne for a great job on our first of 3 sites. Yvonne was awesome to work with and we look forward to the next 2 leases with you. I will recommend you to our friends who just signed on for 3 stores with MSS in New Jersey.”

Joe A

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sara, your patience and guidance were invaluable in helping us navigate through this journey. Nancy, we appreciate you keeping tabs on the situation from beginning to end.”

Ed And Christina

“As a lawyer myself, I know the importance of hiring someone who is an expert in her field to handle a legal matter. When I began contemplating buying a small franchise in the Philadelphia area, I was pointed in Nancy’s direction for her expertise in business and franchise law. She has been a delight to work with – and that’s not something people usually say about their lawyers. Nancy is competent, compassionate and efficient. She knows her business and inspires confidence every step along the way. Whatever your business law needs, you will be in good hands with Nancy Lanard and her associates.”

Jenny L.

“Once again thank you for all your efforts and assistance on my legal matter. You were extremely helpful, professional and a real people person. I truly found a friend, trustworthy attorney with real knowledge and experience, to get me thru a difficult legal issue. Nancy Lanard is the real deal!”


“She handles issues expeditiously and with fine attention to detail. She has been involved with everything from our building leases, nondisclosure agreements, company disclaimers and personnel documents. I am pleased with her work and feel that her fees are very reasonable. I would recommend her services to you.”

Tom Cassin

“My clients often ask me for the name of a franchise attorney to review their agreements. Without hesitation I refer Nancy Lanard. I feel confident that Nancy will guide my clients in the direction that is in their best interest in a timely fashion. Nancy is efficient, prompt and very knowledgeable about franchise law and does an excellent job educating my clients through the final phase of their exciting journey toward business ownership.”

Karol Mercurio, Franchise Consultant

Thank you, Sara – we cannot say enough good things about you and the services you provided for us. We mention you and the Lanard firm by name whenever we speak to other potential franchisees or even other business associates.
Thank you for doing such a thorough job and getting us the in the best position possible. Much appreciated.
All the best!


Contact Our Team To Discuss Your Legal Needs

We’ll Take Care Of The Fine Print So You Can Drive The Larger Vision.