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March 2024

I have been a franchisor for 5 plus years now. the team at Spadea Lignana have been incredible. This was the quickest and easiest renewal process ever. Kim, Princess and Jessica have been just a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for everything!

Mark Setterington Co-Founder and CEO, Island Fin Poke Company

Ideal Siding
July 2022

Great company to work with! Our franchise system is growing with the help of very talented team of Spadea Lignana. I would like to acknowledge Meisee and Stephanie, they work long hours to make sure everything is taken care of. Highly recommend!

Alex F. CEO, Ideal Siding

June 2022

The team at this firm did a great job helping me with my franchise agreement. Timely… attention to detail. Would highly recommend them.

Theresa Suevo

May 2022

I had a great experience using Spadea Lignana as my franchise attorney, especially Michelle Black. She did a fantastic and thorough job in going through our Franchise Agreement. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing franchise-related legal advice.

David Nakamura

MAgnolia Soap and Bath Co
February 2022

Tom and his entire team, Sandee, Margaret and Casee were instrumental in helping me successfully launch my franchise system with Magnolia Soap and Bath Co! You can’t beat the monthly price for what you’re receiving from these talented attorneys.

Magen Bynum Owner, Magnolia Soap and Bath Co

Hyper Kidz
January 2022

Great Franchise Attorneys; super smart Attorneys, fair pricing, great communication. I HIGHLY recommend. Michael and Andrew are SO helpful. Grow your business with Spadea.

Bynia Reed Owner, Hyper Kidz

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January 2022

Spadea Lignana flips your typical franchise law firm on it’s head and then they run circles around them. They have worked hard to establish systems to make the process easier for us as franchisor. They are also extremely reasonable in price and will work with you to accomplish your goals. Don’t go anywhere else.

Sean Walker VP & Chief of Staff, Taffer’s Taverns

November 2021

Fantastic group! We are in the beginning stages of franchising our business and of course, have needed guidance every step of the way. Meisee has been wonderful with answering all of our questions and guiding us along with all of our paperwork, etc. We cannot thank Meisee and everyone else at Spadea for all of your hard work and professionalism through this process! We look forward to a relationship lasting many years!

Christine Birdsall President, Birdie’s Auto Spa

Pinnacle Franchise Development
September 2021

Great Firm! Michael is meticulous, professional and, most importantly for me, prompt with his responses. I am the same way so this really resonates with me and our franchise brand!

Lory Meyerson President, Pinnacle Franchise Development

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August 2021

SmartBooks recently created a new emerging franchise concept for finance professionals that want to build their own outsourced bookkeeping and accounting business, and we partnered with Spadea Lignana Franchise Attorneys to help us with navigating the legal aspects. Our team consists of Harold, Stephanie, Margaret and Sandee and they have all been professional, responsive, and willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help us launch our franchise concept – not just with legal aspects, but general franchise information to help us build and scale our business. They worked with us to create an FDD and Franchise Agreement that is both franchisee friendly as well as has the appropriate level of protection for us as a franchisor. They deliver the FDD through their Docusign system to simplify the tracking and compliance pieces for us, and will even work directly with prospective franchisee’s attorneys to negotiate on our behalf. All of this for a fixed fee – which is very uncommon not just in the franchise world, but with attorneys in general. We are very happy with our Spadea team and would recommend them to any franchise brand.

Jeffrey Provost COO & EOS Integrator, SmartBooks

Amanda Riggan Franchisee
August 2021

I was referred to this firm by my RE agent. Upon calling, I was put into contact with Michael Mirsky. This was my first commercial lease experience and going into it, I had no idea how involved a commercial lease could be. Michael took the time to walk me though each piece of the lease and explain to me what it meant or how it could affect my business. He was quick to respond and did a great job representing my side of the transaction.

Amanda Riggan Franchisee

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August 2021

Spadea is fantastic in franchise law and their services have allowed me to move my franchise company along faster and better than I have in the past. They are responsive and thorough with their work. What they do allows me more time to do what I do best.

Sarah Nuse CEO, Tippi Toes Inc.

March 2021

We have used Spadea Lignana to launch our national franchise across the United States. The attention to detail, and their strong grasp on automated processes makes them an amazing fit for people who appreciate how technology can power a business. Been with them for years, and highly recommend without hesitation.

Brian Burton Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Instinct Dog Behavior & Training

i4 Search Group
February 2021

Outstanding service at a fair and reasonable price. The entire team delivered exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommended.

Rob Dallaire President, i4 Search Group

February 2021

I currently use Spadea Lignana as my franchise attorneys. I have worked with attorney Andrew Matson and he’s phenomenal! The firm is very responsive and easy to communicate with. You get the feeling that they are there for you and not the other way around like other firms that I’ve worked with. I have had the pleasure of working with several of their attorneys and they all have been great! I HIGHLY recommend Spadea Lignana. They feel like an extension of my business.

Alvaro Montagna Founder, Unarthodox

Fat Cupcake
February 2021

My experience with Spadea Lignana has been nothing less than exceptional. They put my FDD together and answered every question along the way. They were also always prompt in responding to my emails or calls. I would highly recommend them.

Anjelica Hayes Owner, Fat Cupcake

December 2020

THE BEST franchise lawyers in the country. Super professional and they walked me through the entire process. Jumping Jack Taxes is officially a franchise and it wouldn’t be possible without their entire team of franchise lawyers.

Jumping Jack Taxes

GI Tax
December 2020

Cannot give enough stars!!! We have worked with a lawyer in the past that was unresponsive, didn’t explain agenda items and frankly had zero customer service. Since working with Spadea I have received CONSTANT AND HONEST COMMUNICATION! Quick replies and guidance. Our company strongly recommends this firm!

Thank you!

G.I. Tax Service

July 2020

I have nothing but great things to say about Spadea Law. They are always responsive no matter what time of day I email or call. They truly care about the clients and was to make sure things are done properly while making it easy for us to manage and focus our time on other things. They’ve helped me with numerous issues and make things seamless. Highly recommend!

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ

July 2020

Harold Kestenbaum and his team at Spadea Lignana are the very best. They are knowledgeable, thoughtful and extremely responsive. Our company has worked with Harold for many years and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Paul Spindler Blo Blow Dry Bar

September 2020

Great experience. Very knowledgeable and RESPONSIVE. A real pleasure to work with Spadea Lignana especially Matt. I really appreciate all the hard work! Thank you very, very much. Highly recommend Spadea Lignana!

Luchian Bercea

September 2019

I was referred by a business owner that had a great experience.  I made the right decision to reach out to Sandee. She made sure that the process was smooth and quick when buying my franchise. Bonnie and Cameron”s expertise were just what I needed. I will be recommending Spadea Lignana to anyone needing their services!

Jodi Baer

Chris Simnick
March 2019

I have used Tom, Josh and his team for a number of clients for several years. He and his team are honest, fair, respectful and knowledgeable. In my 39 years of franchising, there have not been many firms and individuals that I would recommend as highly as Spadea/Lignana.

Chris Simnick Founder,

March 2019

Tom and the entire team at Spadea Lignana have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They have shown commitment and loyalty throughout our entire franchising process. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to franchise their business. We look forward to the many franchise agreements we will do together throughout the years ahead!

Calvin McNeely President of Runningboards Marketing

March 2019

The entire experience of launching a franchise organization with Tom, Josh and Stephanie has been top drawer. Their guidance saved me money and time in the trademarking process, and their work developing the required legal documents was airtight. Throughout, they’ve been responsive to my questions and have provided excellent advice. I trust their judgment and look forward to a long term relationship with this outstanding firm.

Mike Dunmyer

Cathleen Stoelting
February 2019

From my very first inquiry phone call with Tom Spadea, I was very impressed with his franchise attorney team at Spadea Lignana. I worked with franchise attorney Stephanie Grobler and she helped me launch my new franchise business. Stephanie’s efforts exceeded my expectations every step of the way. She is a talented franchise law expert and guided me through the process of preparing our Franchise Agreement and Franchise Disclosure Documents, along with filing with the states. The personal attention and care at Spadea Lignana gave me confidence navigating the whole process. I now have quality franchise contracts and am set up for success as we launch our brand new franchise offering program.

Cathleen Stoelting Founder and Owner, Ten Friends Blow Dry & Style House

Greg Drake
February 2019

Selecting an attorney to help you through the Franchising process is one of the most important decisions you will make in the launching of your Franchise. Spadea Lignana is hands down the right choice. Ethical, knowledgeable and Responsive, with a great culture and an entire team who truly cares about their clients.

Greg Drake Co-Owner, 360 Tour Designs

Randy Singelyn
December 2018

Bonnie Wittenberg and Spadea Lignana Franchise Attorney’s helped me through my franchise agreement process.  Bonnie was a great Franchise Lawyer and helped me launch my new business with a thorough review, professional results and fair pricing.  Now I am again engaging Bonnie’s firm for a Lease Review.

Randy Singelyn

September 2018

The franchise law team at Spadea Lignana exceeded my expectations! I had an extremely tight deadline to review an FDD and Franchise Agreement and they worked with me to expedite the review and meet my timeline. The shorten lead-time, however, did not adversely impact the quality of their work. They prepared a very detailed review and spent the necessary time to clearly and concisely discuss the nuances of the contract. In researching franchise lawyers, I found Spadea Lignana rates to be very competitive. In closing, I have not experienced a law firm that follows up with customer service calls to gain feedback and learn about opportunities for improvement. Throughout this review process, I received calls to verify that my needs were being met. Without a doubt, I will consider Spadea Lignana for other legal needs.

David Ritland

September 2018

Matt is an incredible resource for transactional counsel and I would highly recommend without reserve.

David Herskovits

Michael Church
August 2018

Helped us get our Franchise Disclosure Document FDD ready for franchising our Crawl Space Ninja concept. Great to work with and made everything simple to understand. Also setup our legal entities. Thank you for all your hard work.

Michael Church President, Crawl Space Ninja

May 2018

We worked with Bonnie as our Franchise Attorney for the FDD and Franchise Agreement Review. Bonnie repeatedly demonstrated her expertise throughout the process and spent the time to explain the documents to us. She explained them so well we felt like experts by the end of it, and that’s a great feeling. Bonnie was also incredibly professionally and respectful of all parties when negotiating on our behalf with the franchisor, something both we and the franchisor greatly appreciated.

Nicole Gagliardi

May 2018

Working with Tom, Andy, and Josh has been a wonderful experience for everyone at my company. Great legal advice and professional advice as well from these franchise attorneys. They are also some of the most friendly and personable lawyers I have dealt with. This is a great firm that tries and succeeds at building successful long term relationships with its clients rather than nickel and diming you for emails and phone calls.

Jimmy Feeman

April 2018

Ready for War! A shotgun shot out to Tom and his team! He came, he saw, he won! We talked on a Friday and after a weekends work (Easter weekend) he’d gotten done exactly what I asked him to do, with a little extra for the team! Franchise issue, please make the call! Thanks again Tom!

Ashman Saar

April 2018

I hired Spadea Lignana by way of a referral. Tom spoke with me the first day i was thinking about franchising my business. He was able to conceptualize a lot of the actions that would need to be taken to move forward. He charged me a fair price for representing me and available during the process at no charge. He and Andrew did not charge me anything for questions that i had. They provide a great support system if your thinking of franchising. I would definitely refer them to anyone i know and i will continue to engage with them throughout this amazing process. This is a solid Franchise Attorney!!

Luc Richard

March 2018

Tom and his team are amazing! They were instrumental in helping launch our business as a franchise. Andy was our direct contact during this process and he was incredible! I couldn’t be happier with the service that Spadea Lignana provided! If you’re looking for the best franchise attorney in the business, call Spadea Lignana!

Sean Stein

February 2018

Worked with Bonnie Wittenberg several year ago, pleased to learn she is now the Tom and his excellent team of attorneys. Tom is a pleasure to work with. His background and hands on experience in the franchise business, make him uniquely qualified and a genuine advocate.

Jeffrey Gold

February 2018

I met Tom and Josh this summer when I needed advice on how to set up my childcare franchise. Not only were both of the men highly knowledgeable in franchising but their advice and contacts have been instrumental in successfully setting up my franchise. Stephanie has been wonderful to work with and her attention to detail excellent. I felt completely at ease with them setting up my corporations and related paperwork. I highly recommend working with Spadea Lignana for all of your franchising needs. Thank you so much!

Reese Keller

November 2017

AMAZING!!! If you are looking to franchise your business, this is the firm that you NEED to use. Tom and his team guide you through the process from start to finish and help you in any way that they can along the way – their knowledge makes you feel confident that you chose the right team as you move through the process.

Tara Murphy

Teresa Snedeker
November 2017

All I can say is there are good people in this world and Spadea Lignana has a group of them. This firm knows their stuff and they explain everything in clear terms you can understand. They are patient and so helpful without sticking it to you at every turn. Highly, highly recommend if you own your own business or franchise. I have worked with Matt and Sara and both were so down to earth, they were very good at explaining legalize and they were both very knowledgeable. This is a big time firm with a home town feel.

Teresa Snedeker

September 2017

Spadea Lignana is a top notch firm all the way around. I hired them to develop documents related to a new franchise concept and Tom and Andy have been tremendous. They not only have produced high quality documents for our system, but have added great value to our program through their experience and knowledge of franchising which extends beyond the legal veil. I would highly recommend this firm.

Evan Wilson

April 2017

We are big fans of Spadea Lignana. Our reasons are real simple and can be said in a handful of words. Responsive, respectful, and fair. As a franchisor our needs are simple but there is a lot riding on the writing, knowledge and accountability in every word that goes into our franchise documents, we believe Spadea Lignana brings all of the components we are looking for in a franchise attorney.

Caitlan Byrnes

January 2017

Where to begin? I was introduced to Tom Spadea at a Franchise Expo in Philadelphia in 2015. We were just in the VERY early stages of franchising our moving company, Suburban Solutions.

I have had some rough experiences in general with some lawyers, who often were looking for a quick pay day for poor service. However after just minutes of meeting Tom, I knew we would be in great hands. From the start, Tom Spadea was helpful, informative and I knew he was not out to just earn a quick buck.

[They] helped finalize our FDD, set up our Franchise Agreement, comb through our website to make sure we were compliant and set up a dashboard for disclosure. But above all, Tom Stephanie and Josh answer every single one of my countless questions timely and succinctly. They make a confusing journey of legal pitfalls so enjoyable and allow people with no legal background to feel empowered to speak confidently about an otherwise daunting aspect of franchising.

They are certainly the BEST LAWYER TEAM around!

Patrick McNichol Franchisee, Suburban Solutions

October, 2016

It has been a great experience working with Tom and his staff. I have been working with Tom since 2013. I could not be more satisfied with his work on my commercial leases and franchise issues. Calls, emails, concerns, etc…were beyond my expectations. Helped me solve a major issue with my landlord. Saved me a lot of money and was calming force in negotiations. If you are looking for a great business lawyer with fair pricing Tom is your guy.

Brad Beaverson Franchisee, Philly Pretzel Factory

September 2016

I have worked with Tom Spadea and his team for several years. Honest, professional and truly caring- this is the best way to describe this firm.Fair pricing and smart attorneys that understand franchising better than any other lawyer you know-this firm is solid from top to bottom. They have helped my company JDog put 100’s of Veterans to work through our franchise system that Tom helped me create. Please feel free to call me directly about Spadea.

Jerry Flanagan President & CEO, JDog Junk Removal and Hauling

National Recalls
September 2016

Great franchising and business lawyers – I feel so protected with these guys on my side. They are patient with me and know their stuff, and most importantly are always looking out for me. They are smart and always keep on top of everything, the best part of all is their pricing is very fair – they don’t nickel and dime you. I know I’m getting what I’ve paid for and then some. It sounds cliche but they truly do care about their clients. Thank you so much guys, love working with you!

Angela Fisher Franchisee, National Recalls

Don Powers
August 2016

When they came to MY office to meet me, I knew there was something special about their firm. We actually had a normal conversation, discussed issues so I hired them on the spot. Five plus years and going strong.

Don Powers President & CEO, Fitness Machine Technicians

Hi Bonnie – great to hear the good news! Seems like all systems are go now. Ken B. and I have been in touch regarding signing, and my husband and I plan to sign and mail everything tomorrow. Thank you so much for your help and thorough explanation of the FDD and Agreement! Also, many thanks for drafting the addendum and getting Ken to agree to everything we asked for. With [my husband] and I being new in the franchising world, your input was invaluable. We’re so excited to move ahead on this new venture!!

Wendy H

It was great working with both of you. You run a first class operation with wonderful people. Stephanie was accessible, knowledgeable and friendly every time I called her. She took her time answering my questions and always shared the best options without me feeling pressured. Hopefully everything will run smoothly going forward and we will only need to call you with positive acquisition needs.


I would like to let you know that Melissa did a tremendous job! Not only did she move on things quickly to enable me the opportunity to sign under the FDD that was current at the time, she also put in full effort. We were on the phone from 8 to 11pm and at no time did she rush through things or attempt to hurry the process, she was very thorough, and I sincerely appreciated her taking the time to work with me so late. The service I received including my correspondences with you were very much worth the cost. Thanks again, and have a great day!

Tamara C.

Stephanie is the best lawyer we have ever worked with. She is someone we can trust and someone who is willing to go the extra mile for us.


We both want to thank you for the tremendous results you achieved for us. We can’t tell you how much we appreciated how fast and thorough you were, especially while on your vacation! We just want you to know how happy we are with the service you provided for us. Many, many thanks!

Diane & Jim

Bonnie – we would again like to thank you for the excellent job you did with our franchise agreement. We are now the proud owners of our very own […] Franchise. We would love for you to handle our lease agreement once we find a location. We will be contacting you hopefully sooner than later. Again thank you for your assistance.

Felice and Carlton

Bonnie was very helpful, thorough in her review, and even though the franchise agreement could not be changed, helpful in working with the franchisor to clarify several important issues. She was responsive to our time needs, and really helped us understand the agreement. Will certainly think about your firm as we need services going forward.

Ed J.

Hi Bonnie – thank you for your assistance in reviewing the Franchise Agreement and for working through the Document of Understanding with the Franchisor. I sincerely appreciate your willingness and ability to explain the legal jargon in a more common business language that I can better understand. And likewise, it has been my pleasure working with you.


Stephanie – You saved us a lot of potential future hassle. Our developer was very impressed with the extent of your involvement. Several times the statement was made: “your lawyer is certainly doing a good job in looking out for your interests”. Thank you so much – we’re so glad we found you.


Bonnie did a great job explaining [our] Franchise Agreement and Franchise Agreements in general. The FAs can be somewhat intimidating as they are written by the Franchisor’s for their benefit. Without Bonnie’s advice and explanation of FAs as far as what is typical and standard, we probably would have given up on franchising. Bonnie definitely provided us with valuable insight on FAs. Your firm and services are top notch and you are all very professional. Your firm had our best interest in mind and represented us very well. Even though we did not meet in person, we felt very comfortable working with you all based on our phone conversation. Bonnie and you explained things extremely well, treated us respectfully, and really listened to our needs and concerns. We would definitely contact you again to represent us should we decide to pursue franchising again in the future. Your involvement was one of the best decisions that we have made as we’ve entered this new world of franchise business ownership.

Frank and Diane Delman

I can’t thank you enough for your input, legal advice and council during the review and negotiations of our franchise agreement. As you know, I initially wavered about using a lawyer because I felt comfortable negotiating the contract on my own. I’m glad I made the decision to use you. Without question, your involvement was one of the best decisions that we have made as we’ve entered this new world of franchise business ownership and well worth the money. Your understanding of franchise law from both the franchisee and franchisor perspective gave us the comfort level we needed throughout the process. You were there for us every step of the way.

Wendy Brown-Blau

I can never begin to express how much you helped Rich and me as we went through negotiations with [the Landlord] to secure our lease space here in Houston. As new franchisees and novices in securing lease space it was a great comfort to have you as our attorney. It was so reassuring to see your command of the law and how diligent you were in protecting us during the negotiation process. Yes, your legal expertise was much needed! But, your patience with us and your tenacity with [the Landlord] made the process so much more pleasant. We are so grateful to have you as our attorney and we would recommend anyone in need of legal expertise to use you!

Sharron and Richard Quinn

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