As a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Arthur helps franchise clients resolve disputes in the best way for them and their business interests.
Chambers USA has recognized him among the top seven U.S. franchise lawyers for the past five years. According to client feedback, Arthur is “the go-to guy,” a “very good litigator,” “gets things done very efficiently” and is “very knowledgeable.” “His client service is great.”
Since 2012, Arthur has also been an adjunct member of the Boston University School of Law faculty, teaching alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, representation of clients in civil litigation and professional responsibility. Previously, Arthur taught franchising in the Babson College MBA program (2006–2008).
I focus on solving problems efficiently. My goal is to help clients succeed in their core businesses without unnecessary distraction from disputes with business partners. As a proponent of cost-effective methods of identifying interests that can facilitate resolution in ways that courts cannot, I serve as a mediator of franchise and business disputes. That said, I often appear in court or in arbitration on behalf of franchisors and sometimes on behalf of franchisees or distributors with legitimate business complaints that are not easily resolved.
I’ve tried many cases before juries, judges and arbitration panels and am also listed on the American Arbitration Association neutral panels for franchise and commercial disputes.
I am also consulted by other lawyers to serve as an expert consulting or testifying witness on franchise-related issues including joint-employment, legal malpractice, adequacy of disclosure, vicarious liability and application of franchise regulations to business arrangements.
Significant growth in the global marketplace. As franchise systems expand, it will become increasingly important to efficiently and cost-effectively resolve disputes in a way that minimizes interruptions and maintains good business relationships among all business partners.
Temple University, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
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Arthur has been recognized as a “Senior Statesman” for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Franchising (nationwide). In a previous edition, a client stated that he is “probably the preeminent franchise litigator on the franchisor side today.” Chambers also named Arthur one of the top nine franchise lawyers nationwide. In its 2011 edition, Chambers USA wrote that Arthur is “‘one of the top litigators,” according to peers. “He brings to the team nearly 30 years of litigation experience and an impressive expertise in distribution issues, consumer service systems and mediation.”
Regularly featured as one of the top lawyers worldwide in International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Arthur has also been named as one of the top 100 franchise lawyers in the country by Franchise Times every year since its inception. He has been selected by his peers as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
Arthur was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the field of Franchise Law, and was also named the 2020 Boston "Lawyer of the Year" for Franchise Law. Arthur has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2007.
Arthur has been recognized for the past eleven years as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times and he was inducted into the Legal Eagles Hall of Fame in 2013.
Arthur is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, and the International Bar Association Committee X on International Franchising. As a member of the Forum on Franchising, Arthur has spoken at annual forum meetings on a variety of franchise litigation and dispute resolution topics on multiple occasions from 1990 through 2010. Arthur has also spoken at the Annual IFA Legal Symposium on multiple occasions from 1988 through 2010. Arthur is also a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Barnstable County, MA Bar Association.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Arthur serves as Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law, teaching “Representing Clients in Civil Litigation.” Previously, Arthur has been Adjunct Professor at Babson College, Wellesley, MA in the Entrepreneurship Division of its MBA Program, co-teaching “Franchising: Pathway to Wealth Creation,” and has taught franchising at Temple University School of Law.
Since 2009, Arthur has served as chairman of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc., a provider of civil legal services to the elderly, disabled and working poor which serves southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.