A successful automobile dealership must manage complex challenges across a wide array of business disciplines. Owner/operators find themselves in a constantly evolving and highly competitive marketplace that demands innovative, thoughtful and practical professional guidance from trusted and experienced advisors. We assist our dealership clients in navigating an increasingly complex business environment subject to increasing state and federal regulatory scrutiny, while maintain a sharp focus on the needs of the individual business owners who make these strong private businesses successful.  

The attorneys in our multidisciplinary Automobile Dealership practice area have extensive knowledge and many years of experience assisting owners and managers in the day-to-day operations of their automotive businesses. We counsel our automotive dealership clients with respect to all aspects of their day-to-day operations, including employee matters, facility requirements, land-use and environmental issues, franchisor relations, vendor and service provider issues and executive compensation. We have extensive experience counseling our dealership clients with respect to special projects including mergers and acquisitions, litigation, succession planning, generational wealth transfers, management buy-out transaction, evaluation and implementation of profit sharing and alternative compensation arrangements, regulatory compliance initiatives.

HSE has represented dealerships in all phases of their development, from new ventures to well-established businesses with multiple locations. Practice members work closely with the firm’s environmental, litigation, labor, intellectual property, real estate and ERISA lawyers, as well as the dealerships’ accountants, bankers, insurance agents, and other service providers, to deliver exemplary client service.

Regulatory Issues
We handle the needs of dealerships throughout upstate and western New York, handling matters relating to all facets of regulatory compliance, including advertising, environmental law, unfair trade and deceptive practices, recall issues, antitrust law, and trade regulations.

Dealership Operations
Our attorneys are well versed in assisting dealerships with matters unique to their industry, including state and federal motor vehicle statutes, dealer licensing, financing and floor plan considerations, consumer complaints (Lemon Law), manufacturer relations and negotiations, and franchise termination.

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