BakerHostetler's Distribution and Franchise team represents motor vehicle, marine and equipment manufacturers and distributors in their relations with dealers and distribution networks. We work to satisfy both the litigation and transactional needs of our clients, which include most of the world's major automobile manufacturers.
Our team's senior attorneys have decades of experience in this area of law and most have served as in-house counsel with major automobile manufacturers. We have represented many of our clients for decades in jurisdictions throughout the country and have handled matters in every state. We understand the pressures our clients operate under, are intimately familiar with the agreements and statutes that govern their relations with dealers and state regulators and we provide in-depth counsel tailored to meet their business goals. We also draw on the experience of more than 900 BakerHostetler colleagues in 14 offices nationwide who concentrate their practices in varied areas of law, including antitrust, intellectual property, class actions, employment and taxation.
Our clients include companies of all sizes and stages of development that manufacture and distribute a full spectrum of motor vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, trucks (light, medium and heavy-duty), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), ambulances, buses, scooters, recreational vehicles (RVs) and trailers. We have experience in marketing and distribution of alternative fuel vehicles and development of the infrastructure necessary to accommodate those vehicles. We also regularly represent marine companies, including boat and personal watercraft (PWC) manufacturers and distributors, along with equipment manufacturers in the construction, road development, mining and agricultural sectors.