Our attorneys provide outstanding service and innovative legal solutions to help clients in the retail sector meet unique business challenges.

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Hopkins & Carley attorneys have a deep understanding of the legal issues that impact clients in this highly competitive business environment. The firm’s success advising retail companies of all sizes stems from our dedication to helping businesses grow and succeed while protecting brand equity.  Hopkins & Carley’s extensive experience and professional breadth allow the firm to provide top-quality counsel in virtually every area affecting retail businesses.

  • Advised McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Applebee’s franchisees in connection with entity formation and governance issues, and the purchase and sale of individual and multiple restaurant locations.
  • Represented a large regional bank in a series of related construction loans for mixed use project that included hotel and retail space.
  • Obtained a $3.5 million settlement for a shopping center landlord  after its anchor tenant, a major grocery chain, ceased operations and abandoned the premises. 
  • Represented local grocery store and national grocery chain in leasing and subleasing of their stores, including licenses for use of space within the stores.
  • Represented landlords in the Borders, Radio Shack and American Apparel bankruptcies, achieving a settlement of a dispute concerning a contingent proof of claim, negotiating the immediate assignment of the lease; and successfully negotiating assumption of lease with no change in lease terms.
  • Represented the owner of a retail shopping center whose anchor tenant withheld a full year of rent.  The case settled a week before trial resulting in our client receiving 100% of damages and legal expenses.
  • Assisted grocers in the ground lease and development of grocery stores throughout California.

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