Peter Lagarias

Peter Lagarias – California Franchise Attorney

Peter primarily represents: Franchisees
Peter Lagarias Lagarias Law Offices1629 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901-1828
Phone: 415-460-0100 Ext: 111
Fax:     415-460-1099


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About Lagarias Law Offices

Lagarias Law Offices is a law firm that represents franchisees.  The firm is led by Peter Lagarias, a skilled trial attorney with over 35 years of experience in delivering dedicated legal services and results to franchisees and business throughout California and nationwide.

Services for prospective franchise buyers (due diligence):

Franchises usually require large investments and involve the execution of long-term agreements that have been carefully drafted by franchisor lawyers who are charged with protecting the franchisor’s interests.  Lagarias Law Offices can help you understand your rights and obligations, and guide you regarding the franchise terms and the potential for negotiating more favorable terms.  We can also explain common issues with one-sided franchise agreements.

Services for current or former franchisees:

Franchising disputes are complicated and involve many different areas of law, including antitrust laws, breach of contract, consumer protection laws, franchise laws, fraud and trademark laws.  Franchising disputes can also present complex procedural issues involving which court a case can be heard, what law applies, and whether the matter must be decided before an arbitrator pursuant to the franchise contract.  Sometimes procedural matters can make a real difference between winning and losing your case.  Peter Lagarias has handled hundreds of franchise cases and has experience in knowing when to settle, when to go to trial, how to negotiate, and where to find expert witnesses.  Lagarias Law Offices understands how to litigate with franchisors and will seek full compensation.

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Mr. Lagarias is a former attorney for the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.), was instrumental in crafting proposed California franchise legislation, and is a certified specialist in franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Peter Lagarias has offered to provide a free consultation for Unhappy Franchisee readers interested in discussing their situations and his services.

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Group Actions
  • Class Actions
  • Franchise Law
  • Franchise Due Diligence
  • Other Legal Services

Bar Admissions:

United States District Courts
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California

United States Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit

State Bar of California


Hastings College of the Law
Doctor of Law (J.D.)
1974 – 1977

University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Political Science
1971 – 1973

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