Tim Pickwell is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tim directly using the contact details listed above.
Over the course of a 33-year career, Tim has represented some of the biggest names in the franchise and restaurant industry—and also advised some of the smallest. He gained his initial franchise experience negotiating international license agreements as corporate counsel for 6000 unit franchisor Century 21® Real Estate. He then headed up the international franchise division of $2.2 billion revenue, publicly-traded Jack in the Box® Restaurants where he supervised franchise marketing and operations.
He also served as corporate counsel to the company’s purchasing, IT and marketing departments. From 2000-02 Tim was general counsel of a Silicon Valley-based pre-IPO telecommunications start-up, and also represented several other start-up and telecommunication companies.
More recently, Tim served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary to the Coco’s® and Carrows® restaurant chains, where, among other things, he supervised real estate, risk management, human resources, franchise sales and franchise operations.
Since 2005, Tim has had a private law practice representing national and international restaurant and franchise clients, with an emphasis on franchise registration, disclosure and relationship issues.
Tim’s unique in-house background enables him to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to franchisors and franchisees. His expertise includes intellectual property licensing and trademark matters, international franchising, retail lease drafting and negotiations, franchise registration and compliance, litigation advice, and general corporate and business matters. Clientele include established franchisors, large restaurant companies, multi-unit franchisee organisations, as well as single-site retailers, and start-up franchisors.
Tim Pickwell is a member of the California Bar, and a Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. He is admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.