Chad Finkelstein

Chad Finkelstein


cfinkelstein [at]


  • LL.B. University of Western Ontario
  • B.A. University of Western Ontario

Practice Description

Chad is a partner and registered trademark agent in Dale & Lessmann’s Corporate Commercial Group.  Chad’s practice includes all areas of business law with an emphasis on franchise law, licensing and distribution, intellectual property law, advertising and marketing law and gaming law.  Chad is an advisor to domestic and foreign franchise companies, brand owners, manufacturers, distributors, licensors, advertisers, marketers, gaming operators and IT service providers.  He is a frequent writer and speaker for industry publications and events, including contributing a regular franchise blog to the Financial Post, one of Canada’s leading national newspapers.  Chad has also been interviewed by The Globe and Mail, National Post, CTV, CH News and various other television and radio news programs, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto  Chad has been recognized in a number of publications for his work in franchise law, including Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Lexpert, Chambers,The Best Lawyers in Canada and Franchise Times.

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Professional Affiliations and Distinctions

  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Upper Canada), 2006
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the OBA – Franchise Law Section (Public Affairs Liaison)
  • American Bar Association
  • Listed as a Lexpert Leading Practitioner (franchisor and franchisee)
  • Listed in Chambers Canada
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal Franchise
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Franchise Law)
  • Franchise Times Legal Eagle
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Restaurants Canada

Recent Presentations and Publications

Recent Blog Posts

Defamation and Dealing with Negative Press
System Changes are Hard but are McDonald’s Franchisees ‘lovin’ it’?
A recent court decision from British Columbia may have a significant impact on brand owners’ digital marketing activities. 
As we enter the home stretch of 2016, there are a number of significant legal developments to be aware of which will impact the Canadian franchise industry, either to close out the year, enter the new one or to simply be on your radar for now.
Headline news was made last week as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in one of the highest-profile cases in the history of the Canadian franchise industry.  One of the defendants was one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers.