Chad Finkelstein


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

Champs de pratique

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.

Affiliations Professionnelles et 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

Présentations et publications récentes

Blogs récents

It is sometimes expressed by members of the franchise community that a lawyer’s representation of both franchisor and franchisee clients may lead to that lawyer’s taking inconsistent positions in servicing their clients.
It is often said that uniformity and consistency are the defining features of franchising.  Under a successful franchise model, I should be able to walk into any franchised location across Canada and know exactly what types of products and services are available to me.  Part of that expectation i
Franchise law is due for an upgrade.  When advising franchise clients, franchise lawyers frequently lament the relative infancy of the industry’s legislation in Ontario.  Enacted only in 2000, the Arthur Wishart Act (AWA) has not been around long enough to have resulted in enough litigat
Franchisors are greedy and self-interested.  Franchisees are lazy and careless.  These are the common refrains of franchisors and franchisees as their relationships start to break down.  Franchising can be a tremendous partnership between business owners, but can sometimes lead to disastrous resu
Becoming a franchisee is generally viewed as a safe port of entry into business ownership where entrepreneurs can experience success by joining an established brand.  While the advantages to entering a franchise system are numerous, prospective franchisees should also be aware of the many challen