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Quality “big city” franchise legal work at a more affordable cost. Free consultation. Call now. 

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At Duell Law we offer “Big City” legal experience at a more affordable cost to our clients.

Quality Legal Work at a Better Cost.

At Duell Law we have a thorough working knowledge of every part of the franchise equation.  The result – a franchise that lives up to its promise for generating income, expanding and delivering satisfaction.

Key Advantages

• Affordability   • Quality of Work    • Experience    • Results

Franchise Law 

  • At Duell | Law we offer the same big city legal experience at a more affordable cost to our clients. Expect the same quality of legal work at a better rate.
  • Our goal is to build a long term relationship with each of our clients by providing exceptional legal service, responding quickly and caring about the success of our clients.
  • A franchise’s potential depends upon building the right foundation. At Duell | Law we have a thorough, working knowledge of every part of the franchise equation. The result is a franchise that lives up to its promise for generating income and delivering satisfaction.
  • Beyond traditional legal services, Duell | Law conducts periodic in-house seminars to keep our clients apprised of opportunities and risks arising from changes in various state and federal statutes and legal decisions. All of which adds up to a firm capable of, and committed to, delivering our clients absolute value for their investment in our work – regardless of the challenge.

Our Values

  • The Client. Our clients come first at Duell | Law. We care about you. Your success defines our mission—guiding everything we do. Whether it is a transaction, complex structuring advice or the successful resolution of a franchise dispute, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible result in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Integrity. Key to our success rests on our commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, providing excellence in the quality of our work, every step of the way.  This has been demonstrated by our exemplary reputation with clients and peers.
  • Dedication. We completely immerse ourselves in each client’s business and goals so that we can precisely identify—and effectively deliver—the outcome most desired for your specific situation. Nowhere else will you find a firm whose clients receive more personal and consistent attention.
  • Adaptability. Our approach is innovative and forward-thinking to each legal situation. We fully understand and anticipate our clients’ needs, and consequently implement uniquely-tailored strategies – time-tested and proven in some cases; unconventional and unique in others – that minimize risk and most effectively address your needs.

Why Duell | Law

Richard Duell, Managing Member of Duell | Law, has been practicing franchise law for over 35 years. His success is based upon the close attention and care provided clients. At Duell | Law, we take the time to get to know your franchise business thoroughly and gain insight into your specific needs and concerns. Working side-by-side, we will formulate and implement the best strategy that enables your franchise business to move forward successfully. And throughout the entire process, we will be available for every question and concern you have, no matter how minute.

The thoroughness of our attention to your situation is matched only by its longevity. In addition to creating long-term solutions for our clients, we also forge long-term relationships with them in the process. We pride ourselves on the loyalty we develop with our clients. And we work ceaselessly to ensure that our knowledge of your franchise business, case, or concerns is so intimate that we can anticipate changes in your landscape before they even occur. With clients who have depended on us for nearly two decades now, Duell | Law is a firm whose client relationships translate into unparalleled dedication and reliability.

We take great pride in the skill, energy and level of personal service we can bring to your franchise legal matters. And we are very interested in learning more about you and helping you determine if we can be of assistance. Please take a minute to talk with us about your concerns. We’re here to listen. Whether you are a current franchisor, new franchisor, purchasing a franchise or existing franchisee, just call 205-408-3025 or click here to fill out a contact form, and see for yourself just how closely we engage ourselves in addressing the individual concerns of every client.

Practice Areas

  • Franchise Legal
  • Services Lease Reviews

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Practice Areas

• Franchise Legal
• Services Lease Reviews

Meet The Attorney

RICHARD C. DUELL III

Richard Duell, Managing Member of Duell | Law, has earned a nationwide reputation successfully representing both franchisors and franchisees.  This distinguishes him from most law firms, which generally have experience representing only one side in the franchise industry.  His knowledge of both sides of the franchise model gives him a deep understanding of and a broader perspective on the dynamics between the two, which enables him to explain the intricacies of franchise law to our clients and apply that knowledge and experience to our clients’ advantage. 

Richard consults regularly with Franchisors considering expansion both within the United States and Internationally.  His expertise helps Franchisors adhere to franchise relationship laws, and comply with disclosure and franchise registration and renewal registrations throughout the United States.  He represents various franchise clients from the east coast to the west coast.  When franchise disagreements occur, Richard assists clients by first carefully identifying the problem and when necessary, resolves disputes through mediation, arbitration or litigation.

With 35 years of franchise law experience, Richard has been rated “AV” for more than 25 years by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating from this universally recognized rating source. Richard has authored numerous franchising articles and speaks often on franchising law. He is also the author of the monthly newsletter Franchisor Alert® which features franchising articles and provides valuable insight for emerging and mature franchisors.

Richard is a member of the Franchise Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Franchising Committee, Section of Anti-Trust Law of the American Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising and the Subcommittee on Franchising of the Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Laws, Small Business Committee. Richard is licensed to practice law in Alabama and before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and all United States District Courts of Alabama. Richard is known for successfully promoting franchising within his home state of Alabama and co-founded the Alabama Franchise Alliance in 2010 to help further franchising in Alabama. He has also served the Birmingham Bar Association as Chairman of the Fee Arbitration Committee, the Economics of Law Committee as Chairman, and as a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Civil Court Procedure Committee, Budget Committee, Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and Special Assignments Committee.

Richard received his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He was selected to be on the panel for the International Franchise Association (IFA) Expo in Washington, D.C, speaking on Multi-Unit and Multi-Concept Franchising, sponsored by Franchise Times. Richard has been voted as one of Birmingham’s top attorneys for numerous years, selected by his peers for recognition as Best Attorneys in Alabama, Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report and was chosen for the Honors Division of the Worldwide Registry (Franchise Law).

Richard C. Duell III – Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell

Richard Duell, Managing Member of Duell | Law, has earned a nationwide reputation successfully representing both franchisors and franchisees.  This distinguishes him from most law firms, which generally have experience representing only one side in the franchise industry.  His knowledge of both sides of the franchise model gives him a deep understanding of and a broader perspective on the dynamics between the two, which enables him to explain the intricacies of franchise law to our clients and apply that knowledge and experience to our clients’ advantage. 

Richard consults regularly with Franchisors considering expansion both within the United States and Internationally.  His expertise helps Franchisors adhere to franchise relationship laws, and comply with disclosure and franchise registration and renewal registrations throughout the United States.  He represents various franchise clients from the east coast to the west coast.  When franchise disagreements occur, Richard assists clients by first carefully identifying the problem and when necessary, resolves disputes through mediation, arbitration or litigation.

With 35 years of franchise law experience, Richard has been rated “AV” for more than 25 years by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating from this universally recognized rating source. Richard has authored numerous franchising articles and speaks often on franchising law. He is also the author of the monthly newsletter Franchisor Alert® which features franchising articles and provides valuable insight for emerging and mature franchisors.

Richard is a member of the Franchise Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Franchising Committee, Section of Anti-Trust Law of the American Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising and the Subcommittee on Franchising of the Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Laws, Small Business Committee. Richard is licensed to practice law in Alabama and before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and all United States District Courts of Alabama. Richard is known for successfully promoting franchising within his home state of Alabama and co-founded the Alabama Franchise Alliance in 2010 to help further franchising in Alabama. He has also served the Birmingham Bar Association as Chairman of the Fee Arbitration Committee, the Economics of Law Committee as Chairman, and as a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Civil Court Procedure Committee, Budget Committee, Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and Special Assignments Committee.

Richard received his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He was selected to be on the panel for the International Franchise Association (IFA) Expo in Washington, D.C, speaking on Multi-Unit and Multi-Concept Franchising, sponsored by Franchise Times. Richard has been voted as one of Birmingham’s top attorneys for numerous years, selected by his peers for recognition as Best Attorneys in Alabama, Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report and was chosen for the Honors Division of the Worldwide Registry (Franchise Law).

Licenses

Authorized to Practice Law:

• United States Supreme Court

• Eleventh and Fifth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals

• All United States District Courts of Alabama

Awards

Martindale- Hubbell

Avvo Rating – Superb Top Attorney Franchising

Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report

Honors Division of the Worldwide Registry (Franchise Law)

Best Lawyers in America

Best Attorney’s in Alabama

Voted Birmingham’s Top Attorney’s

Who’s Who In Huntsville

 Work Experience

Duell Law, LLC, Managing Member 2003 – Present

Duell, Yearout & Spina, P.C., Managing Member 1997-2003

Duell & Spina, P.C., Managing Member 1990-1997

Duell & Riddle, P.C., Managing Member 1989-1990

Clayton & Duell, P.A., Managing Member 1981-1989

Duell Law Firm, Managing Member 1977-1981

Ritchey and Ritchey, P.A. 1973-1977

Associations

International Bar Association

American Bar Association

Alabama State Bar, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cumberland Law School

Business Administration, Auburn University