Practices concentrate on Franchise Law representing Franchisors, Franchisees, Area Developers, Area Representatives and Sub-Franchisors; Distribution Law in manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, dealers and distributors.

Employment

  • 1999 to Present: Partner (Founder) - Kanouse & Walker, P.A.

    Representing entrepreneurs, franchisors, franchisees and their companies in corporate, securities and real estate matters with a primary emphasis in franchise, licensing and distribution law.

  • 1990 to 1999: Partner (Founder) - Keith J. Kanouse, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida
  • Representing entrepreneurs, franchisors, franchisees and their companies in corporate, securities and real estate matters with a primary emphasis in franchise, licensing and distribution law.
  • 1983 to 1990: Partner - Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Florida
  • (merger with Wheeler & Kanouse) Corporate, Banking and Real Estate and Chair of the Franchise Practice Group
  • 1983: Partner (Founder) - Wheeler & Kanouse, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Corporate, Banking, Franchise and Real Estate
  • 1981 to 1983 Partner - Fleming, O'Bryan & Fleming, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Corporate, Banking and Real Estate

    Awards and Accomplishments

    • Hall of Fame of Franchise Attorneys, April 2019 - Franchise Times Magazine
    • Corporate INTL ‘Who's Who - Find an Adviser Handbook - Franchise law expert in Florida.
    • 1851 Franchise Editorial Team - Franchise Legal Player for 2019
    • Franchise Law - Law Firm of the Year in Florida ~ 2019 Corporate Intl Global Awards
    • International Advisory Expert Awards Winner 2019
    • Top Lawyers of Florida 2018 - Selected as One of the Top Lawyers of 2018 as chosen by his peers - Recognized for Excellence and Achievements by the Legal Community
    • Best Corporate Law Firm - Florida (2018)
    • Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
    • Global Leading Lawyers 2018
    • Finance Monthly - Law Awards 2018 Franchise - Lawyer of the Year - USA
    • AVVO rated 10.0 of 10.0 (highest rating) - Top Rated Lawyer 2018, 2017
    • Global Awards Corporate Live Wire 2017 Winner - Excellence in Franchise Law Services
    • “South Florida Top Lawyers 2017” as published in the Daily Business Review
    • U.S. News & World Report - Best U.S. Lawyers 2019, 2018, 2017
    • America’s Most Honored Professionals Award (Top 1%) 2018-2016
    • Who’s Who Best Lawyers in World 2018-2016
    • Top Franchise Lawyers 2018-2016
    • “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend as recognized by his peers
    • Recognized as a Top Attorney “Legal Eagle” in the Franchise Sector by Franchise Times 2019-2006
    • “Very Best U.S. Attorneys in Franchising” as viewed by their clients and peers published by Franchise Times Magazine.
    • Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2019 - 2016
    • Who's Who Legal Florida - Selected as one of the top 397 attorneys in Florida out of over 80,000 Florida attorneys
    • Rated ‘AV®" Preeminent™ (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary) by LexisNexis, Martindale -Hubbell and Lawyers.com for over 30 years
    • Selected as a "Leading Florida Attorney" (Top 5%) in Franchise and Distribution Law by American Research Corporation
    • Who's Who of International Franchise Attorneys (1 of 197 in world)
    • Winner of InterContinental Finance Magazine’s Legal Excellence Award 2011
    • Recognized for Excellence as One of the Area’s Top Lawyers ~ Palm Beach Illustrated InterContinental Finance Magazine’s “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - TOP TIER FIRMS

Education

  • Bradley University - Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Magna Cum Laude, Business Administration
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Magna Cum Laude, Note and Comment Editor - Notre Dame Lawyer

Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice in the State of Florida (December 1975), and New York (March 1975 - retired 1994) and Georgia (2002)

  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

  • Admitted to United States District Court for the Western District of New York

  • Admitted to United States Tax Court

  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • Admitted to United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

  • American Bar Association Business Law Section

  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, including member of faculty at several annual meetings

  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence (Forum on Franchising Liaison)

  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer Specialization (Forum on Franchising Liaison)

  • American Bar Association Advisory Panel on Accreditation of Third Party Certifier Organizations of Lawyers as Specialists

  • International Franchise Association South Florida Coordinator and Host of Second Tuesday Programs (1991-1995)

  • Member of National Advisory Board of IFA's Council of Franchise Suppliers (1993-1995)

  • Co-Vice Chairperson of IFA's Membership Committee (1994-1995)

  • Affiliated member of the American Franchisee Association including speaker at 1995 Annual Convention (1994-1995)

  • Affiliated member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (including LegaLine Steering Committee member and Founding Chair of Fair Franchising Standards Committee)

  • Board of Directors of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers including Secretary and member of Executive Committee

  • Charter Member of the Florida Franchise Association

  • Founding Member of The Florida Bar Franchise Law Committee (Vice-Chair 1994 - 1995, Chair 1995 - 1996)

  • Member of Committee X (International Franchising) of the International Bar Association, London, England

  • Contributing Editor to Franchise UPDATE Magazine

  • Hearing Officer for Franchise Arbitration and Mediation, Inc.

Books

  • ABA Forum on Franchising’s Franchise Desk Book – Updated Florida Chapter (2018)

  • Guide to Understanding an Offering Circular and Negotiating a Franchise Agreement (1996)

  • Guide to Negotiating a Business Lease (1996)

  • Guide to Selecting the Best Entity to Own and Operate Your Business (1996)

  • Franchise Law and Practice published by the CLE Committee of The Florida Bar (1983, 1992 2d ed. and 1996 3d ed.) - co-editor and co-author - writing chapters entitled "Federal Laws Affecting Franchising," "Real Estate Aspects of Franchising" and "Franchising Internationally"

  • Franchise 101 - co-author. Published by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (1998).

  • Contributor to The 1998 Business Reference Guide edited by Thomas L. West published by Business Brokerage Press.

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