Franchise Legal Players: Mike Drumm, Attorney at Drumm Law
Franchise Legal Players: Mike Drumm, Attorney at Drumm Law

As part of its annual Franchise Legal Players issue, 1851 profiled the top franchise attorneys in the field to shine a spotlight on the work they do for the franchise industry.

1851: Tell us about your background and your firm.

Mike Drumm, Attorney at Drumm Law: Like most great businesses, Drumm Law was started in a basement (did you know Apple was started in Steve Jobs basement?).  Drumm Law is not your typical law firm. We have lawyers with a personality that speak in plain English (if you want fancy legalese, you will have to go elsewhere).

1851: What are some must-ask questions when franchisors and franchisees are vetting potential franchise attorneys?

Drumm: Do you enjoy long walks on the beach and puppies?

1851: In broad terms, do you have a particular case that stands out to you as an industry learning experience

Drumm: Alfonso Ribeiro's (“Carlton" from Fresh Prince of Bel Air) lawsuit against Fortnite. It teaches you that the Carlton Dance is for everyone. No one person can own it.

1851: What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Drumm: The look on my clients’ faces when I tell them good news over the phone.

1851: What are your top concerns for the franchise industry in the next year?

Drumm: That the McRib sandwich will not be available long enough for me to get one.

1851: What are you most optimistic about in the franchise industry in the next year?

Drumm: Star Wars IX comes out in December.

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