ARTICLES WRITTEN by Charles S. Modell (1990 to Present)
Including articles written for Larkin Hoffman newsletters, blogs, websites, in addition to various external publications.  

  1. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Expert Witnesses, (2020, September 9), [Larkin Hoffman Franchise Attorneys Blog].
  2. FPRs in the Time of COVID-19 – You May Be Required to Amend Your FDD – NOW, (2020, June 30), [Blog Post],[Special COVID-19 Newsletter].
  3. Could it Really be Time Already to Amend Your FDD?, [Larkin Hoffman website under articles],(2020, June 10), [Blog Post]
  4. New Required Franchise Disclosure Document Cover Page(s), (2020, January 3),[Larkin Hoffman website],[Winter 2020 Newsletter].
  5. Licensing vs. Franchising Your Business, (2019, May 17), [Blog Post].
  6. Franchising – Standing the Test of Time, (2019, February 12), [Blog Post].
  7. Save your Business: Mediate, Don’t Litigate, (2019, January-February), [Upsize].
  8. The New “Franchise 500®” is Out – Valuable Information for Franchisors and Franchisees, (2019, January 8), [Blog Post].
  9. A Time to be Grateful – Looking Back on 2018, (2018, December 19)[Blog Post].
  10. Rule No. 1 – Choose Carefully, (2018, December 4), [Blog Post].
  11. Be Sure You Know What is in Your Franchise Agreements – and Have Them Reviewed Regularly, (2018, November 19),[Blog Post].
  12. Franchising Over the Years – Case Study, (2018, October 24), [Blog Post].
  13. New Franchise Offerings Continue to Expand, (2018, October 9), [Blog Post].
  14. Writing Your Franchise Agreement – Fair But Firm, (2018, August 29),[Blog Post].
  15. Franchise Law Changes Facilitate Providing Financial Information to Prospective Franchisees, (2018, July 26), [Blog Post].
  16. Topic 606 - Is Your Net Worth (Equity) About to be Decimated?, (2018, July 9), [Larkin Hoffman website],[Summer 2018 Newsletter].
  17. NASAA Proposes Major Changes to Franchise Disclosure Document Cover Page - Comments Are Due This Week, (2018, July 6), [Larkin Hoffman website],[Summer 2018 Newsletter].
  18. Determining the Viability of Franchising Your Business, (2018, March-April), [Upsize].
  19. Item 19 Disclosures Must Now Comply With New Law, (2018, January 30), [Larkin Hoffman website]
  20. Selling Franchises – Do you Have Numbers you can Show to Prospects?, (2017, October 13), [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]
  21. Inserting Your Client’s Audit Into Their FDD? Read it, (2017, Winter), [The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 1].
  22. Changes in Item 19 Disclosure Requirements Take Effect Next Week, (2017, October 25), [Larkin Hoffman website],[Fall 2017 Newsletter].
  23. Spotlight: Ed Driscoll, (2017, September 13), [Larkin Hoffman website],[Summer 2017 Newsletter].
  24. Who Should Sell My Franchises for Me?, (2017, September 6), [Blog Post].
  25. Franchising Your Business – Avoid the Biggest Mistake, (2017, August 30) [Blog Post].
  26. Pizza Bell Hop, (2017, August 16), [Case Study].
  27. How Do I Price My Startup Franchise?, (2017, August 9),[Blog Post].
  28. NASAA Adopts New Rules on Financial Performance Representations, (2017, May 17), [Newsletter],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  29. SBA Announces Valentine’s Day Changes to SBA Loan Program for Franchises, ( [Newsletter],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  30. Get it in Writing, So a Deal Doesn’t End in Buyer Beware, (2016-17, December-January), [Upsize].
  31. 2017 Checklist for Franchisors: Updating Your FDD, (2017, January 30), [IFA Insider, Vol 23, Issue No. 5].
  32. Show the Numbers to Sell More Units, (2016, September), [Franchise Times].
  33. California Franchise Relations Act – Are Your Franchise Transfer Standards Ready to Hand to Franchisees?, (2016, May 10), [Franchise Newsletter],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  34. Update on Financial Performance Representations (FDD Item 19),(2016, January 19), [Newsletter].
  35. Keys for Successfully Mediating Franchise Dispute, (2015, October), [LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert].
  36. Collect Releases Like You Collected Baseball Cards, (2015, Fall), [The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 4].
  37. The ABCs on NASAA’s Proposed Changes to Financial Performance Representations, (2015, October 7), [Newsletter],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  38. Mistakes Happen: To head them off, training program for sales team is a must, (2014, November/December), [Franchise Times at 42].
  39. How Many FDDs Do I Need?  New rules on Disclosing Multi-Unit Franchising Arrangements, (2014, September 16),[Newsletter],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  40. NASAA Adopts Multi-Unit Commentary, (2014, Fall), [The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 17, No. 4].
  41. Introduction to Practical Problems and Issues Associated With Buying or Selling a Franchise Company; Mergers & Acquisitions of Franchise Companies, (2014),[ABA Forum on Franchising].
  42. New Arbitration Appellate Procedures Change Playing Field, (2014, April), [Law Journal Newsletters, Franchise & Business Law Alert, Vol. 20, No. 7].
  43. Reducing Your Brand’s Exposure to Liability, (2013, November 1), [Franchising World].
  44. Franchisor Handbook – When franchisees struggle, fast action may ward off the worst, (2013, February),[Franchise Times at 48].
  45. The 3 Elements to Avoid the Accidental Franchise, (2102, June), [LQ Patent Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 6, June 2012].
  46. Achieving Consolidation and Unit Growth Through Private Equity, (2012, March), [Franchising World at 32].
  47. Arbitrate? Litigate? Avoid Both Through Mediation, (2010, December),[Franchising Business Law Alert, Law Journal Newsletter].
  48. The New Standards – Keeping the Franchise Brand Relevant by Franchisee Buy-in, (2010, October), [Franchise Times, at 72].
  49. Trust: Key to Successful Franchise Relationships, (2010, September), [Franchising World].
  50. How to Know if Your Business is a Franchise, (2010, August-September), [Upsize at 14].
  51. Non-Compete Cases - Does Anyone Really Win?, (2010, April), [Law Journal Newsletter – Franchising Business Law Alert].
  52. Franchise Renewal Season is Upon us, (2010, January 12), [Newsletter].
  53. Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: “Accidental Franchises May Have Teeth", (2009, September), [Bench & Bar at 29].
  54. Turning Inward: Shift Focus From New to Existing Franchisees, (20009, May), [Franchise Times at 74].
  55. Franchise Advertising: There’s More to it Than Meets the Eye, (2009, May), [Franchising World at 19].
  56. Stretching the Truth and Other Advertising Pitfalls, (2008, May 5), [Advertising Compliance Service Bulletin #641, Tab #2, General Articles, Article #598, JLCom Publishing Company, LLC].
  57. Franchisors Face New Rules in ’08, (2008, January), [Star Tribune].
  58. Six Simple Steps – Avoiding Liability for Actions of Your Franchisees, (2007, November/December), [Franchise Times at 48 ].
  59. Imitation is Not Always the Greatest Form of Flattery and Other Advertising Faux Pas, (2007, September), [Franchise Times at 68 ].
  60. Memo to Franchisors – Help Your Franchisees Plan for Succession, (2006, May), [Franchise Times at 49].
  61. Strengthening Franchise Relationships – Keeping Trial Lawyers Out of Your Business, (2005, October), [Franchising World at 276],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  62. Memo to Franchisees – Is It Time to Sell?, (2005, October), [Franchise Times at 94],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  63. Are you ready to franchise? Take this test, (2004, October), [Upsize at 22],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  64. What Do Personal Guarantees Offer? Don’t Do Business Without One, (2004, Winter), [Franchise Law Journal at 138]
  65. Is it Time to Rethink Those Franchise Agreements?, (2004, February),[Franchise Times at 25],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  66. The Accidental Franchise, (2004, January/February), [Business Law Today at 45],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  67. Avoiding the Accidental Franchise, (2003, May), [Wisconsin Lawyer at 13]
  68. Franchise Renewals – “You Want Me To Do What?”, (2002, Summer), [Franchise Law Journal].
  69. Before You Start Selling Franchises – A Legal Checklist For New Franchisors, (2002, May/June), [Franchising World].
  70. Successful Mediating:  Tips for Successfully Mediating Franchise Disputes, (2001), [Franchise Update, 4th Quarter, at 33],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  71. Advertising Tips for Franchisors: Knowing the Laws and Regulations, (2001, June), [LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert at 2].
  72. Discovering That Your Franchisor Client Has Violated the Franchise Disclosure Laws, (2001, February),[LJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert at 1].
  73. When the Franchisee Wants to Get Out of the Business, (2000), [Franchise Update, Annual at 51].
  74. Ancillary Responsibilities and Problems, Ethical and Legal Aspects, (discussion on noncompete agreements and antitrust issues), (2000), [Anesthesia, Fifth Edition, Volume 2, Section VI, Chapter 85 at 2731].
  75. Franchisor Involvement in Real Estate, (1999 Spring), [Franchise Law Journal at 149].
  76. Franchising Currents, (Spring 1998, Summer 1996, Spring 1995, Fall 1994, Spring 1994), [Franchise Law Journal]
  77. Addressing Pre-Sale Disclosure Violations, (1997, Fall), [Franchise Law Journal at 49].
  78. Business Sales and Acquisitions - Those Darn Legal Matters, (1997, October), [Minnesota Business and Opportunities at 63].
  79. Drafting Exclusive Territory Provisions in Franchise Agreements, (1996, Fall), [Franchise Law Journal at 74],[Republished in 1997 in “Best of ABA Sections,” General Version at page 28],[General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Version at page 26],[Larkin Hoffman website].
  80. What it Takes to Franchise Your Business, (1995, June),[Minnesota Business and Opportunities at 24].
  81. You Have Given the Franchisor Its New UFOC: Now What?, (1994, Winter),[Franchise Law Journal at 99].
  82. Franchisor’s Use of RICO: The Best Defense Might be a Good Offense, (1993, Summer), [Franchise Law Journal at 1].
  83. Suggested Contract Provisions and Operating Procedures for Franchisors, (1992, October), [The Info Franchise Newsletter at 6].
  84. How to Franchise Your Biz, Small Business Opportunities, (1992), [Franchise 1000 at 26].
  85. Could (or Should) You Franchise Your Business?, (1991, December), [Minnesota Ventures at 35].
  86. Franchisor Fiduciary Duty - The Decision May Not Be Final, (1991, Fall), [Franchise Legal Digest at 1].
  87. To Franchise or Not to Franchise, (1991, September), [Small Business Opportunities at 58].
  88. Successful Franchising Strategies for a Recession, (1991, July).[State Capital Law Firm Group Newsletter at 4].
  89. Tortious Interference Claims; Applying Principles of Tort Liability in the Franchise Context, (1990, Spring), [Franchise Law Journal at 1].