L. Seth Stadfeld 781-444-4883
L. Seth Stadfeld 781-444-4883
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L. Seth Stadfeld

L. Seth Stadfeld

Location:
Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Phone:
781-444-4883
Fax:
617-742-5734
Email:

Mr. Stadfeld is a member of Weston, Patrick, P.A. of Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law. His practice has been concentrated in franchise and distribution law matters for over 30 years. He has counseled and represented dealers, franchisees, associations, franchisors and suppliers, both in litigation and transactions including franchise offerings and registrations.

Mr. Stadfeld has authored many articles and has served as a frequent speaker on franchise-related subjects for the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., The International Franchise Association, American Association of Franchisees & Dealers and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Mr. Stadfeld is listed in the International Who's Who of Franchising Lawyers. He is an arbitrator in franchise cases for the American Arbitration Association. He served as a member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum Committee on Franchising, a nine member panel of franchise law specialists which helps formulate and implement policy for this group of lawyers numbering in excess of 2000. He has taught a course in franchise law at New England School of Law in Boston.

Mr. Stadfeld has represented franchise clients (franchisors, suppliers, franchisees, dealers and prospects) in a wide range of industries including automotive, petroleum, fast food, hotels, pet care, convenience store, retailing (including tires and auto parts, computer products and specialty), brokerage (real estate and business), personnel, personal care services, dry-cleaning, mail and related services, donuts, coffee, bagels, jewelry, day-care and children's services, telecommunications-fax, office equipment and ballroom dancing, among others.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Franchising
  • Contracts
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1977

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Brown University
    • A.B. - 1973

Published Works

  • "Representing Prospective Franchisees - Special Expertise Required," Co-author, Business Law Today, Vol. 19, No. 4, American Bar Association Business Law Section (March/April) 2010)
  • "Comment on Proposed U.S. Franchise Legislation: A Search for Balance", Commercial Law Journal, Vol. 97, No. 4, Winter, 1992
  • "The FTC Franchise Disclosure Rule and Its Impact On Chapter 93A of the Massachusetts General Laws -- A Source of Protection For Consumer Entrepreneurs", Western New England Law Review, Volume II, No. 4 at 681, Spring, 1980
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 1989
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 1994
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 1997
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 2000
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 2005
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A", Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc., 2007
  • "Chapter 13 - Business Disputes Under Chapter 93A," Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies, MCLE, Inc. 2010
  • "Franchise Brokerage Relationships", (ABA) Franchise Law Journal, Volume IV, No. 4 at 1, Spring, 1985
  • "Effective Representation of Franchisees", MCLE, Inc., 1986
  • The Franchise Selection Process, Women in Franchising, Inc., 1988
  • "Representing and Dealing with Multi-Unit Franchisees", Co-Author, Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Austin, TX, 2008
  • "A New Foundation for Franchise Agreements" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Rancho Mirage, CA, 1999
  • "The Role of Trade Associations and Franchisee Associations in Franchising" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA, 1998
  • "Representing Franchisees" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Phoenix, AZ, 1996
  • "Life Cycles: Approaches to Franchise Transfers" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, San Diego, CA, 1994
  • "Multiple-Unit Franchising" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, San Antonio, TX, 1986
  • "Franchise Sales Policies, Procedures and Control Mechanisms" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Boston, MA, 1984
  • "Franchise Terminations" (Co-author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, San Diego, 1983
  • "State Little FTC Acts" (Co-Author), Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, 1978
  • "Franchising Currents", Franchise Law Journal, American Bar Association, Chicago 1978-1988
  • "Litigation After Acquisition of a Competing Franchise System", Co-Author, Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Boston, MA, 2006
  • "Are Franchisees A Franchisor's Employees Under State Law? The Massachusetts Experience", The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 14 No. 4, American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising Fall, 2011

Classes/Seminars

  • Considerations in Preparing and Negotiating Arbitration Clauses In Franchise Agreements, Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA, 1988
  • Survey of State Little FTC. Acts and Consumer Protection Statutes, Annual Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association, Chicago, 1981
  • Franchise Lawyering: Ethics and Liability Concerns (Co-Author),, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2005
  • Negotiations and Agreements between a Franchisor and Its Franchisees, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, 1999
  • Hot Topics in Franchise and Distribution Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Boston, MA, 1999
  • State Little FTC Act Law; A Source of Non-Traditional Private Rights of Action in Franchise Relationships, International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, 1997
  • Franchise Law for General Practitioners: Common Franchise Litigation Matters from the Franchisee's Perspective, Seminar on Franchise Law for the General Practitioner: The Basics and Beyond, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Relevant Massachusetts Decisions Under G.L. Chapter 93A, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Inc., 1986
  • Course in Franchise Law, New England School of Law in Boston, MA (periodically since 2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in International Who's Who of Franchising Lawyers
  • Former Member, Governing Committee, American Bar Association's Forum Committee on Franchising (a group of 2000+ U.S. franchise lawyers), 2000 - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Former Member
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • International Association of Franchisees & Dealers
  • American Bar Association's Forum Committee on Franchising, Former Member, Governing Committee

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