Richard C. Duell III has been rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Duell focuses his practice in the field of franchise law.
He represents individuals and business owners expanding within the United States and internationally through franchising. His franchise practice emphasizes developing legal strategies and documents for businesses initiating the franchise concept as well as solutions to registrations and developing individual and collective solutions for franchisor-franchisee relationship problems. From the start-up to the mature franchisor, Mr. Duell has represented start-up, Regional, National and International franchisors in the establishment and operation of their franchise system.
Mr. Duell is a member of the Franchise Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Franchising Committee, Section of Anti-Trust Law of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising and the Subcommittee on Franchising of the Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Laws, Small Business Committee.
He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and all United States District Courts of Alabama. Mr. Duell has promoted franchising within his home state of Alabama, co-founding the Alabama Franchise Alliance in 2010 to help further franchising in Alabama. He has also served the Birmingham Bar Association as Chairman of the Fee Arbitration Committee and the Economics of Law Committee and as a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Civil Court Procedure Committee, Budget Committee, Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and Special Assignments Committee.
Mr. Duell received his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He was selected to be on the panel for the International Franchise Association (IFA) Expo in Washington, D.C, speaking on Multi-Unit and Multi-Concept Franchising, sponsored by Franchise Times. He has been voted as one of Birmingham’s top attorneys for numerous years, selected by his peers for recognition as Best Attorneys in Alabama, Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Reportand was in 2016 was chosen for the Honors Division of the Worldwide Registry (Franchise Law).
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