Clark Harrop (he/him)
Clark is a partner and business lawyer in Dale & Lessmann LLP’s Corporate & Commercial and Franchise, Licensing & Distribution practice groups.
Clark practices in the areas of corporate, franchising, licensing, distribution, supply chain and information technology. He advises domestic and international clients across a range of industries, including restaurants & foodservice, grocery & retail, personal services, home improvement, automotive and cannabis.
Clark brings a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to working with his client's and their business, accounting and tax advisors. He seeks to gain a deep understanding of each client's business and proactively brings his legal insights to their business opportunities and challenges. Clark joined the firm after spending close to two decades in a variety of legal and business roles with two of the most successful and best-known franchise systems, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.
Clark's expertise was recognized in 2019 when he was appointed to the Business Law Modernization and Burden Reduction Council, advising the Minister of Government and Consumer Services on updates to Ontario's business laws. Clark is also well-known for being a passionate advocate for the franchise business model. Through his involvement with the Canadian Franchise Association, and as a member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s franchise law section, Clark works tirelessly to promote the highest standards of franchising.
Clark has been recognized by his peers as a ranked lawyer in franchise law in such publications as Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal: Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is the co-author of a chapter in Fundamentals of Franchising, Canada (2nd edition) published by the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on legal and business issues at seminars and conferences and has guest lectured at the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, York University and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Who’s Who Legal:
Canada (Franchise Law)
The Best Lawyers in Canada
Past member, Board of Directors of the Canadian Franchise Association
Past member, Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children's Foundation
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- Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1998
- LLB., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1996
- B.A., Political Science, York University, 1993
- Member, Business Law Modernization and Burden Reduction Council
- Member, Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Section Executive
- Member, Canadian Franchise Association Legal & Legislative Affairs Committee
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association