Chad Finkelstein


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


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, Cahmbers,The Best Lawyers in Canada and Franchise Times.


  • 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



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