photo of Chad Finkelstein

Chad Finkelstein


Chad is a partner and registered trademark agent at Dale & Lessmann LLP, as well as the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Franchise, Licensing & Distribution practice group, and founder and chair of the firm’s Cannabis practice group.


Chad is a transactional lawyer and practices in the areas of corporate law, M&A, franchise law, licensing, distribution, intellectual property law, cannabis law, information technology law, advertising/marketing law, and contest and gaming law.

Chad works across a broad spectrum of service sectors including retail, restaurant chains, cannabis, consumer packaged goods, apparel, health & wellness, beauty services, real estate and technology.

In 2018, Chad was selected as a winner of Lexpert’s Rising Stars award, recognizing Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 years old.  He has been recognized by his peers as a ranked lawyer in franchise law and cannabis law in such publications as Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Franchise Times. He has contributed regular columns on business, cannabis, franchising and branding legal issues to the National Post and The Globe & Mail, and has been an interview subject on these issues in the Globe and Mail, National Post, the Canadian Press, and on CTV, CBC, BNN, CityTV, CH News and numerous radio news programs. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto.


Lexpert Rising Stars

Lexpert (Franchise)

Chambers Canada (Franchise Law, Cannabis)

The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Franchise Law)

The Best Lawyers in Canada (Franchise Law, Cannabis, Corporate)

Franchise Times Legal Eagle

Recent Presentations & Publications

Recent Media

Related News & Updates

Photo of Why Franchising Cannabis Stores in Ontario is Legal

Why Franchising Cannabis Stores in Ontario is Legal

Photo of Cannabis Retail Strategy Will Likely Pivot to Franchising

Cannabis Retail Strategy Will Likely Pivot to Franchising

Photo of System Changes are Hard But are Mcdonald’s Franchisees ‘lovin’ It’?

System Changes are Hard But are Mcdonald’s Franchisees ‘lovin’ It’?

Service Areas

Advertising, Marketing, Endorsements & Contests


Corporate & Commercial

Franchising, Licensing & Distribution

Intellectual Property

Investment in Canada

Mergers & Acquisitions


  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 2005
  • B.A., University of Western Ontario, 2002
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Ontario), 2006

Professional Membership(s)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Restaurants Canada
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Past Member, Ontario Bar Association, Executive of Franchise Law Section (Public Affairs Liaison)