Franchise and Trademark attorney Paul R. Fransway joins Butzel Long

Monday, June 6, 2011


Attorney elected a shareholder with the firm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  Paul R. Fransway, a franchise, trademark and unfair competition law attorney, has joined Butzel Long law firm.  He was recently elected a shareholder with the firm.  Prior to joining Butzel Long, Mr. Fransway was an attorney with Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C. in Ann Arbor.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Mr. Fransway concentrates his practice in franchise, trademark and unfair competition law. He serves as primary franchise counsel for a number of national franchisors, and he helps them comply with disclosure and registration requirements under the Federal Trade Commission and various state laws.

He also has significant experience in all aspects of franchise contract enforcement, including covenants not to compete, trademark infringement, and post-termination remedies, both in court and in arbitration.

“Paul is an exceptional attorney with significant experience in franchise, trademark and unfair competition law,” said Justin G. Klimko, President, Butzel Long. 

Mr. Fransway’s experience in the areas of business and intellectual property law have included the drafting and negotiation of services, nondisclosure, trademark licensing mergers and acquisitions information technology and intellectual property management and compliance policies and the prosecution of trademark registration applications and management of trademark portfolios including the defense and prosecution of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Fransway is actively involved in local government and nonprofit community activities.  He has served as Board Trustee for the Charter Township of Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan and as a member of its Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission.  He also acts as special counsel and as a director or trustee for a number of community organizations including various primary schools, post secondary educational institutions and national nonprofit educational organizations.

Mr. Fransway is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center (J.D. magna cum laude, 1977) where he also received a Master of Law degree in taxation (LL.M. 1987), and of Michigan State University (B.S. 1972). Mr. Fransway is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bars of Texas, Florida, and Michigan.

About Butzel Long
Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey.  The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton.  Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.  Visit the Butzel Long website at

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