David Franks focuses on the ongoing needs of business clients, on succession planning for businesses, and on estate planning.
His practice addresses the legal issues that face every business:
- Employment law, employment contracts, employee manuals, I-9 immigration compliance
- Contracts with customers and vendors, warranties, terms and conditions of sale, equipment leases, finance, insurance
- Protection of trade secrets and intellectual property
- Non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements, concerns about getting paid
- Creditors’ rights, bankruptcy
- Compliance with governmental regulations
- Real estate purchase and leasing
- Starting a business, buying a business, adding new owners, joining an existing business, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, mergers and acquisitions
Succession planning and estate planning are areas of practice closely related to business work, and Mr. Franks has had extensive experience in planning and preparing for the transitions that are inevitable for every person, family and business.
Mr. Franks began his legal life as a litigator before devoting his practice to serving his clients outside of the courtroom. But those early experiences in state and federal courtrooms continue to inform and guide his business practice, having seen first-hand the ways that prompt attention to business problems, proactive document preparation and thoughtful attention to detail can both reduce the risk of litigation and mitigate its cost when it occurs.
Mr. Franks believes that understanding each client’s business is important, helping him to identify issues before they become problems. Before entering the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Franks was the production control manager for a small but growing computer manufacturer in Ann Arbor, and attributes his interest in how businesses work to his experiences there.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1980
B.A., University of Michigan, 1975
Bar and Court Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1982
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1981
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2002
State Bar of Michigan (Business Law Section, Labor and Employment Section, Master Lawyer Section)
Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 – Director
Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe – President
National Telecommuting Institute, Inc. – Director
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