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Year of Call

Ontario, 1989


LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1987

Larry M. Weinberg

"Without a doubt the go-to attorney in Canada for anything and everything related to franchising."
Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

Larry Weinberg* practises franchise law, with specific experience in all forms of franchising, licensing, trademarks, the distribution of goods and services and providing all necessary legal services to clients in the franchise industry. Larry also has significant experience advising corporate and franchise clients in the restaurant and hospitality industries. He has organized and spoken at numerous seminars on licensing, distribution and franchising conducted by the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising, International Bar Association, International Franchise Association and the Canadian Franchise Association. He is currently an adjunct professor at Western University’s law school, where he teaches the first course in franchise law taught at a Canadian law school. In 2014, 2015 and again in 2016, Larry was named the one and only worldwide "Lawyer of the Year" for franchise law by UK-based Who's Who Legal.

Larry is past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Franchise Law Section, having been a founding member of the Section’s Executive. He organized and chaired the first four Ontario Bar Association annual franchise law conferences (1999- 2002).

Larry is Chair of the International Bar Association Committee on Franchising and an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising and the Canadian Franchise Association. Larry was the first Canadian lawyer to be appointed Director of the ABA Forum's International Division and to a leadership role on its Governing Committee (2006-2008). In 2009 he had the honour of being co-chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising's 32nd annual conference. Currently he serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based International Franchise Association's Supplier Forum Advisory Board. He is current Chair of the Canadian Franchise Association’s Legal & Legislative Committee, and sits on the CFA’s Executive and Board of Directors.

In 2002, Larry was overall co-editor and one of the authors of the Canadian Franchise Association's first — and still only — official book publication, entitled How To Franchise Your Business. In 2004, he co-edited the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising's book entitled Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada. In 2006, he co-authored and edited the chapter on Canada for the ABA Forum's book entitled International Franchise Sales Laws.

Larry and the firm's franchise practice are listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as being leaders in franchise law. He is also recognized as a top franchise lawyer by Chambers CanadaBest Lawyers and the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and holds a BV Distinguished™ ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Larry has been repeatedly recognized as a "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times, a designation given to the top 100 franchise lawyers in North America, and is named one of franchise law's "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" by The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers.

In 1999, the Canadian Franchise Association bestowed upon Larry its “Special Recognition Award”. In 2002, the Canadian Franchise Association bestowed a further award upon Larry, namely its “Affiliate Recognition Award”. Both awards are given once annually, “in recognition of outstanding support and contribution to the Canadian Franchise Association and the franchising community”.

Client Commentary

  • "Without a doubt the go-to attorney in Canada for anything and everything related to franchising." - Chambers Canada (Franchise)
  • "Good at explaining complex issues to business teams." - Chambers Canada (Franchise)
  • "He is dynamite." - Chambers Global (Franchise)
  • "He has a global reputation and an outstanding grasp of commercial matters." - Who's Who Legal (Franchise)
  • "Larry has an extremely sophisticated approach and unparalleled knowledge and experience." - Who's Who Legal (Franchise)
  • "One of the biggest names in franchise law." - Chambers Canada (Franchise)

*denotes Professional Corporation

  • Named franchise law's "Lawyer of the Year" by The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2014, 2015 and 2016 
  • 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award Winner
  • Chambers Canada 2016–2017 (Franchising)
  • Chambers Global 2016–2017 [Franchising (Global-wide)]
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagles, Top 100 Franchise Lawyers in North America"
  • Martindale-Hubbell, BV Distinguished™ rating
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2013–2015 (Franchise Law)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2003–2016 (Franchising - Franchisor)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006–2017 (Franchise Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2009–2015 (Franchise – "Most Highly Regarded Individual for North America" in 2015")
  • Named one of franchise law's "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" by The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013


  • American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association [Chair, Legal and Legislative Committee (2015)]
  • International Franchise Association (1st Vice-Chair Supplier Forum Advisory Board)
  • International Bar Association (Vice-Chair, International Franchising Committee)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Immediate Past Chair Franchise Law Section)
Publications, Newsletters and Articles Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - January 2017

Are You Ready for British Columbia’s New Franchise Law? Does Your Canadian Franchise Disclosure Document Need Annual Updating?

Introducing Our Newest Partner, Stéphane Teasdale

The Countdown is Over: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act is in Force

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - November 2016

British Columbia’s Franchises Act: New Disclosure Requirements

The Table Is Set: Ontario’s Healthy Menu Choices Act Regulations

Cassels Brock Contributes To Response To The Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report

British Columbia Releases Regulations for Franchises Act

Ontario Court Imposes New Disclosure Requirement Prohibiting the Common Practice of Determining Location After Signing a Franchise Agreement

‘Changing Workplaces Review' Interim Report May Have Significant Implications for Franchisors and Franchisees

Ontario to Permit Electronic Delivery of Franchise Disclosure Documents Starting July 1, 2016

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - April 2016

Ontario Releases Regulation under Healthy Menu Choices Act, and Franchisors Are At Risk!

Alberta Government Canvasses Input on Franchise Disclosure Financial Statement Exemption Requirement

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2016

A New Year or New Fiscal Year - Your Canadian Franchise Disclosure Document Needs Updating!

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - December 2015

British Columbia Becomes the 6th Canadian Province to Pass Franchise Legislation – The Franchises Act

Ontario Government Releases Draft Regulations For Healthy Menu Choices Act

Coast to Coast Disclosure: Franchise Legislation Comes to British Columbia

Ontario Government Releases Draft Regulations for Healthy Menu Choices Act

Former Dealers Unsuccessful With Franchise Law Claims in Class Action Against General Motors of Canada Limited

Ontario's Proposed Menu Labelling Law - Government Listens and Changes Law to Protect Franchisors from Liability

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events