John Skelton Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

John Skelton is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer having tried cases and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts and administrative agencies. In addition to a diverse commercial litigation and trial practice, Mr. Skelton has successfully defended numerous manufacturers and franchise clients in a variety of matters, including terminations, challenges to the establishment and relocation of dealerships and other outlets, the enforcement of operating standards, and “mass” and class actions.

Mr. Skelton’s practice includes complex commercial and contract disputes; franchisor-franchisee relationships; distribution and trade regulation issues; creditor rights and bankruptcy litigation, complex product liability and premises liability cases. In the franchise and distribution area, he represents various automotive, restaurant and food service, hotel, and sleep products franchisors and manufacturers. He assists with terminations and non- renewal disputes, market representation issues, franchise system structuring, including establishing national networks and supply agreements. He also counsels on dealer and franchise ownership issues, including public and other joint ownership arrangements and due diligence process in connection with franchise system acquisition.

Mr. Skelton’s bankruptcy-related practice includes representing numerous franchisors and financial institutions in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the country. His work includes evaluating post-filing operations, evaluating franchisor and lender rights and limitations, and developing strategies for dealing with financially distressed franchisee operations. He regularly assists franchisors in enforcing and effectuating pre- and post-petition terminations and protecting franchisor rights in asset sales and operations transfers.

Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, May 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
An Overview of Key U.S. Trends and Regulatory Issues for International Franchisors

Room: 1B04

Presented by: John Skelton, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Daniel A. Blumenthal, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The U.S. market has always provided a leadership position in the international franchising community. It has the lure and potential of being a very strategic and lucrative marketplace, yet can also be very competitive and confusing. This special introductory seminar will provide guidance and insights for overseas franchisors entering the U.S. market for the first time - and will dispel some underlying held myths about franchising in the United States. We will cover topics such as: understanding the role of franchising in the U. S. economy; key trends affecting the growth of franchising in the next millennium; basic research tools to understand the U.S. market and evaluate the competition; challenges and hurdles to franchising in the United States; overview of the legal and regulatory issues.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Strategies for Penetrating the U.S. Market for Overseas Franchisors

Room: 1C03

Presented by: John Skelton, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Daniel A. Blumenthal, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

This workshop will explore business planning topics, featuring a panel of franchising experts, professionals and executives of overseas franchisors who have successfully developed franchising programs in the Unites States. Our focus will be on pragmatic and truly useful information with an emphasis on war stories and case studies. Click here for more details.
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