Gray Plant Mooty’s Washington, D.C., office consists of 17 highly skilled lawyers with a wide variety of experience and expertise. The primary practice areas of our D.C. lawyers are:
The lawyers in our D.C. office are best known for their representation of national and international franchisors. Internationally, our lawyers are frequently retained to represent franchisors in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Domestically, we handle matters throughout the United States. Our D.C. lawyers are among the most well-known and respected in the franchise bar, and often speak at American Bar Association, International Franchise Association, and other franchise law conferences, and publish articles appearing in franchise law journals and other publications. The litigators in our D.C. office have literally “made the law” in a number of important areas affecting franchising. Our experienced D.C. franchise litigators represent some of the most recognized franchisor clients in the country, including H&R Block, Dunkin’ Donuts, Little Caesar Pizza, Party City, and McDonald’s.
Our office also focuses on several other areas of law. Attorneys in our D.C. office regularly represent businesses, individuals, and trustees involved in disputes related to the purchase, sale, and operation of companies, business assets, and real estate. This area of practice includes contract enforcement actions, the litigation of fraud claims, and trust litigation. We also handle intellectual property and trademark issues for start-up and mature companies, and litigate trademark cases in federal courts across the country. Several of our D.C. lawyers handle complex white collar investigations and cases, and assist companies and organizations of all sizes in internal and government investigations. We respond on behalf of our clients to voluntary government requests for information, to civil investigative demands, and to administrative and grand jury subpoenas, and we defend against civil and criminal government enforcement actions. Our white collar group represents entities and individuals in a wide range of matters, including, among others, financial fraud, conflicts of interest, the FCPA, health care fraud (including allegations of Stark, False Claims Act, and Anti-Kickback violations), campaign finance violations, and embezzlement. We also represent corporate clients and individuals in complex commercial litigation, including employment, administrative law, false and deceptive advertising, antitrust, breach of contract, unfair and deceptive business practices, and other matters. In addition, our office's gaming law and Indian country practices advise clients on matters pertaining to gaming law transactions and compliance, as well as Indian country business and regulatory issues.
Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a 180-plus attorney, full-service firm with offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota.