Carl Khalil, Partner
Carl Khalil has 26 years of experience in franchise, commercial law, and litigation. He has extensive experience preparing Franchise Disclosure Documents that are in compliance with Federal and State law as well as Canadian Provincial laws. He has implemented Area Developer, Area Representative, and Master Franchise programs, and litigated numerous franchise, commercial, and other cases.
Carl joined the franchise industry in 1995 as Corporate Counsel to Jackson Hewitt. Four years later, he joined Liberty Tax Service. His first task, when Liberty had only 35 offices in select U.S. markets, was to implement the legal work necessary for a nationwide franchise sales rollout. Later, he was tasked with a nationwide rollout of an Area Developer program. Liberty also had franchise sales in Canada as to which he prepared and issued Provincial Franchise Disclosure Documents. Liberty ultimately grew to almost 4000 offices and 100+ Area Developers, with those franchise sales bringing in over $200M in initial franchise fees.
One of the major benefits of working in-house as a franchise attorney for 17 years before founding this law firm is that he worked closely with other departments: Franchise Development, Marketing, and Operations, among others. Hence, Carl is able to bring both a legal and business perspective to our client’s legal needs.
In addition, Carl is an entrepreneur who previously ran two websites, BreakYourNonCompete.com and PayMyOvertime.com. BreakYourNonCompete.com offered information to employers and employees regarding non-compete agreements that stand up in court and those likely to be struck down. PayMyOvertime.com offered information to allow employers and employees to know their rights, obligations and remedies under Fair Labor Standards Act. Both websites were featured in the Wall Street Journal. Carl and BreakYourNonCompete.com were featured on the NBC Today Show.
Carl graduated in the top 14% of his class from William and Mary Law School. He also received a B.A. in Economics in only three years graduating in the top 4% of his class from the University of Maryland.
Carl has earned his junior Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do which he studied with his eldest daughter. He also enjoys swimming and previously coached Upward basketball and soccer at his church.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Virginia Supreme Court
- Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. of Virginia
- William and Mary Law School, J.D. 1989
- University of Maryland, B.A. 1986
- Presenter, 2014 Houston and New York Franchise Expos, “Keep it Simple- 11 Cost Saving Tips for the Start-Up Franchisor”
- Presenter, 2013 California Franchise Expo, “Trademark Registration and Protection: Cornerstones of Franchising”
- Presenter, 2013 New York International Franchise Expo; Franchising as a Unit Franchise Owner, Multi-Unit Owner, or Area Developer- How to Decide?
- Presenter, 2012 Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Seminar, “Franchise Law”
- Panelist, 2009 International Franchise Association 42nd Annual Legal Symposium, “Organizing Your Multi- Unit Expansion Strategy- To Sell or Not to Sell”
- Co-Author, “Is It Time To Franchise Your Business” Inside Business (July 1, 2014)
- Co-Author, “How a Franchisor Can Use Outside Counsel To Save Legal Fees,” Franchise Update Sales Report (July 1, 2014)
- Co-Author,“When Starting A Franchise Brand, Keep It Simple,” Franchise Times (September 2013).
- Co-Author, “From Franchisee to Franchisor,” Franchising USA (December 2012).
- Co-Author, “Choosing Between Franchising as a Unit Franchise Owner versus an Area Developer or Master Franchise,” Franchising USA (November 2012).
- Author, “Benefit and Challenges of Implementing an Area Developer Program,” IFA Franchising World Magazine (July 2012).
- Author, “Are Page Numbers Really Copyrightable? The Effect of Feist on the West Publishing v. Lexis case.” 76 Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society 807 (1994).