Regardless if you are a fast-growing franchise or a small local restaurant, you need a team of restaurant and hospitality attorneys that understands your business and the industry as a whole.

While many corporate law firms dabble in the restaurant industry, our Kansas City-based Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Group maintains a national reputation for helping restaurants and other establishments operate profitably. We can do this because our restaurant and hospitality attorneys offer more than just legal advice; they provide strategic business advice based on years of experience working inside and outside of restaurant and hospitality businesses.

We’ve spent years working within nationally-known restaurant chains providing internal counsel on corporate transactions, daily operations, and sales and mergers of hundreds of restaurants and franchises. Further, the leader of our restaurant and hospitality team was a founder of a sports bar and grill that now has several locations throughout the Midwest.

As a result of our real world experience, we understand you, your business, and your industry. You need experienced attorneys, responsive services, and reasonable fees. Our restaurant and hospitality attorneys are ready to deliver on all of those needs.

If you are a small local restaurant, a franchisee or franchisor, or the operator of a national chain, the attorneys of Seigfreid Bingham would like to help you today.

Representative Clients

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Big Biscuit
Bo Lings
Go Chicken Go

Hawaiian Bros.
Kansas City Chiefs Football Club

Planet Sub
Summit Grill & Bar
Texas Roadhouse
Waldo Pizza
54th Street Grill & Bar


As a leader of a restaurant or hospitality business, you need more than just a corporate attorney; you require a lawyer who has a proven background in helping industry leaders run profitable businesses. You deserve restaurant and hospitality attorneys who are responsive and charge reasonable fees. We serve many businesses like yours on a daily basis.

See below for examples of our legal services and routine practice areas.

  • Advertising and promotions
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Construction
  • EEOC claims
  • Employment law
  • Franchise law
  • Financing
  • Gift cards
  • Investments
  • Intellectual property
  • Lease agreements
  • Litigation
  • Liquor licenses
  • Menu labeling
  • Premises liability
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Restaurant sales and acquisitions
  • Tax law
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Wage and hour
  • Zoning

Examples of Our Work

Applebee’s Refranchising

When Applebee’s decided to re-franchise its restaurant locations to become an all-franchised business, they used our restaurant and hospitality attorneys to help them through the process. Our attorneys provided counsel regarding developing and implementing their re-franchising program and aided with the sale of approximately 500 company-owned restaurants to franchisees across the country.

Varied Franchise Services

  • Advised multiple clients on the creation of franchise disclosure documents for domestic and international franchise transactions.
  • Served as franchise counsel for the acquisition of an interest in a major fast food franchisee by private equity investors.
  • Assisted national restaurant chain in the sale of one of its concepts.
  • Advised multiple national restaurant chains with the negotiation of terms relating to franchisor’s consent to the transfer of restaurants between franchisees and in connection with workout transactions involving financially distressed franchisees.
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You need an attorney that understands your industry.

Contact Lance Formwalt, the leader of our Restaurant & Hospitality Industry Group, to learn more.
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