Business Law and Franchise Counsel Chicago Attorney

Practice Areas

Daniel S. Kaplan concentrates his practice in franchise and business related matters. He offers franchise counseling and assistance to franchisors, distributors and franchisees ranging from start-ups to national corporations. He also represents closely held businesses, family businesses and large corporations in a full range of business matters including litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, buying, creating and selling businesses, and intellectual property.


For more than 23 years, franchise law has been at the core of Daniel S. Kaplan’s practice. Mr. Kaplan has represented clients in franchise related matters in over 140 franchise systems. He blends real-world, practical business acumen with a thorough understanding of the factors that make franchising a unique legal environment. Mr. Kaplan has been named in 2013 as one of the very best U.S. attorneys in franchising by Franchise Times Magazine as determined by clients and peers and has authored many articles and spoken extensively on franchise related issues.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mr. Kaplan works with a variety of individuals and businesses, from large corporations to family-owned and closely-held companies, to resolve disputes involving numerous types of general business and corporate law issues.

Buying & Selling Businesses

Mr. Kaplan regularly assists clients in structuring and closing purchases and sales of a variety of small and closely held business enterprises, including both asset and equity interest acquisitions. He also frequently provides assistance in the purchase and sale of franchised businesses and systems.

Employment Law

Mr. Kaplan represents clients in a wide range of employment and professional practice matters. He handles disputes and litigation regarding federal and state discrimination laws, wage and hour issues, wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge claims, as well as provides counsel to companies, corporate and sales executives, employees, physicians, attorneys and other professionals and independent contractors.

Business Formation & Transactions

Mr. Kaplan has the experience and expertise to assist closely held businesses with an extensive variety of legal matters relating to the operation of the business enterprise. He has a deep understanding of legal and business issues as well as the unique environment of closely held, family-owned and franchised businesses.

Intellectual Property

Mr. Kaplan handles a broad spectrum of intellectual property, computer and technology issues for his clients. He reviews and negotiates purchase and lease agreements, programming contracts, maintenance agreements and royalty contracts. He also counsels clients in matters relating to protecting copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets and source codes.

Real Estate & Construction

Mr. Kaplan represents real estate management and brokerage companies, developers, property owners, partnerships, investors, landlords, tenants, and apartment and condominium associations in a variety of transactions and disputes including: