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News and Events

Fall 2019 Joe Merlot – Generating Franchisee Leads

Please join us on Wednesday, November 7th, for a personal conversation with Red Boswell, experienced entrepreneur, franchisor, CEO, CFE, and President of International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), a membership-based organization focused on helping franchisors connect with prospective franchisees.

Red will share with us his journey in franchising, from setting up school supply distributorships in elementary school, to founding and growing a nationwide chain of pet service franchises, to leading a worldwide franchise organization, and will share his predictions regarding the future of franchising. Reservations and Information here.

Mullin Law, PC has been recognized in Entrepreneur magazine’s second annual ranking of top franchise suppliers.

DALLAS, August 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/
Mullin Law, PC has been recognized as one of the top legal services providers for the second year in a row in Entrepreneur magazine’s second annual ranking of top franchise suppliers.
 
To create the ranking, Entrepreneur magazine surveyed over 500 franchisors, asking which law firms they and their franchisees use and how they ranked in quality, cost and value. Mullin Law, PC, was recognized as one of the top law firms for both years that the magazine has kept score.
 
“It is an honor to be […]

Mullin Law included in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Dallas, TX, August 2020 – Mullin Law congratulates founding shareholder, Cheryl Mullin, for her inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®.” Once again, Cheryl was recognized in this year’s edition, her fourteenth consecutive, of The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world, and for the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, only about 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States are included.

“While awards are nice, it’s the relationships and results we provide our clients that are the heart of our firm,” says Cheryl. For 16 years, Mullin Law, PC has been representing emerging and established business concepts, contractors, partnerships, publicly and privately held corporations, and governmental entities in a variety of sophisticated transactions and litigation.

“Best Lawyers was founded […]

Franchisee Recruitment – Summer 2019

Please join us on Wednesday, August 7th, as we hear about how to modify your franchisee recruitment system in order to increase the quality of the candidates that are converting into your franchisees.

Our guest speaker is Art Coley. Art is the CEO of a company called CGI Franchise, right here in Texas. The team at CGI Franchise works with franchisors to help them develop a world-class recruitment system that brings in better candidates that convert into franchisees that raise the bar on average system performance.

Art was a recent guest speaker (ponder) on The Franchise Manual Podcast, episode #25. If you have a chance, listen to the episode before you come to see him in person, so you can ask the very best questions.

Art is a SOLID resource and is very generous with his time and advice. DON’T […]

What is Your Operations Manual Really For – February 6, 2019

Please join us on February 6, 2019 as we talk about What is your operations manual really for, and how to ensure that it remains a document that will defend you rather than the other way around. The presentation will feature Kit Vinson, owner of FranMan and host of The Franchise Manual Podcast.

Kit is a marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience from the ground up and has a special way of making a boring topic like operations manuals fun.

We hope you’ll join us Wednesday, February 6th, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Northpark Center, 205 N. Park Center, Dallas, Texas 75225.

To register, check out www.joe-merlot.com. For more information about FranMan, visit www.franman.net.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mullin Law included in 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America and Entrepreneur Magazine Top Law Firm

Dallas, TX, August, 2018 – Mullin Law congratulates founding shareholder, Cheryl Mullin, for her inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®.”

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers […]

Mullin Law honored as 2018 Best Lawyer in Dallas and Legal Eagle

Dallas, Texas, April 2018 – D Magazine has named Mullin Law Shareholder Cheryl Mullin to its 2018 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list.

Dallas, Texas, April 2018 – Franchise Times has recognized Mullin Law Shareholder Cheryl Mullin as 2018 Legal Eagles, a publication featuring the top franchise practitioners in the United States. Legal Eagles are selected through nominations from peers, clients and the publication editors.

This marks the 15th selection for Mullin.

Hiring and Retaining Engaged and Invested Employees

May 2016

Interested in franchising or just have a craving for knowledge (and food)? Come join us on May 4th at Maggiano’s North Park in Dallas for the first quarterly breakfast the Joe Merlot business idea exchange! We have three exceptional guest speakers discussing the topic of “Hiring and Retaining Engaged and Invested Employees”.
For more information or to sign up, please visit the site: http://joe-merlot.com/

Cheryl Mullins appears on PlayMakers Talk Show

Cheryl Mullin is the founding partner of Mullin Law, PC. Her practice focuses on assisting commercial clients achieve their growth objectives through franchising, joint ventures, acquisition, and private investment. She also provides intellectual property protection services to small and mid-size enterprises, business transition planning services for closely held businesses and commercial litigation support on business issues. Listen to her on PlayMakers Talk Show with Steve A. Klein.

Website Accessibility and the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has now been in place for 27 years. As the first comprehensive civil rights law to focus on the basic and universal needs of people with disabilities, the ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees people with disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in mainstream life.

The law’s core purpose is to ensure that persons of all abilities have physical access to public spaces. The scope of the physical accessibility requirement was heavily litigated throughout the 1990s, before the Internet became a meaningful presence in everyday life. The growing popularity of online transactions, however, has spawned a new wave of litigation focused on the ADA’s application to commercial websites. In the absence of statutory or regulatory guidance, plaintiffs have turned to the courts, and the developing body of case law makes […]

Franchise Times announces Cheryl Mullin as one of this year’s Legal Eagles

April 2016

Franchise Times announces Cheryl Mullin as one of this year’s Legal Eagles for her contributions and legal expertise in franchising. Cheryl is the founding shareholder of Mullin Law, PC, a full service commercial law firm located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and leads the firm’s practice in areas of franchise, corporate, tax, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. In addition to “Legal Eagle” recognition, Cheryl has been recognized as one of the top franchise lawyers in International Who’s Who Franchise Lawyers since 2013. She is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected by her peers as a Texas Super Lawyer since 2012, and has been selected for inclusion in the peer-rated Best Lawyers in America since 2007.

Cheryl Mullin was announced by D Magazine as one of this year’s Best Lawyers in Dallas

April 2016

Cheryl Mullin was announced by D Magazine as one of this year’s Best Lawyers in Dallas. Cheryl is the founding shareholder of Mullin Law, PC, a full service commercial law firm located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and leads the firm’s practice in areas of franchise, corporate, tax, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Cheryl has been recognized as one of the top franchise lawyers in International Who’s Who Franchise Lawyers since 2013. She is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected by her peers as a Texas Super Lawyer since 2012, and has been selected for inclusion in the peer-rated Best Lawyers in America since 2007.

The Wage and Hour Division’s New Guidance Addressing Joint Employment

On January 20, 2016, Dr. David Weil, the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (“WHD”), published the first Administrator’s Interpretation of the year (“Administrator’s Interpretation”). This Administrator’s Interpretation specifically addressed joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protect Act (“MSPA”), in an effort to offer additional guidance for the treatment of joint employment under these two statutes.[1] The FLSA and MSPA are both worker protection acts. The FMLA requires employers to provide employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for qualified medical and family reasons. The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protect Act (“MSPA”) “protects migrant and seasonal workers by establishing employment standards related to wages, housing, transportation, disclosures and recordkeeping,” and requires farm labor contractors to register with the DOL.[…]

Procedural Update on NLRB’s Browning Ferris Joint-Employer Decision

The NLRB issued its landmark decision in Browning-Ferris on August 27, 2015.[1] Browning-Ferris (“BFI”) operated a recycling business that directly employed 60 employees.[2] It also used Leadpoint, a subcontractor, to provide an additional 150 staff members to sort recyclable materials from waste and to clean the facility.[3] Under the services agreement between the two companies, the Leadpoint employees were to be screened, hired, disciplined, and supervised by Leadpoint but allowed BFI to involve itself in hiring, discipline, scheduling, and wages of the employees. Notably, the agreement prevented Leadpoint from paying its employees more than BFI, required Leadpoint applicants to undergo drug testing and prohibited Leadpoint from hiring workers that BFI had already rejected, provided BFI the right to discontinue use of Leadpoint employees, and permitted BFI to control the productivity pave […]