Franchise Lawyer Brian Schnell Rejoins Faegre Baker Daniels

December 19, 2012 // // MINNEAPOLIS - Brian B. Schnell will rejoin Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office on January 2, 2013, from his current position as chief operating officer and chief legal officer of BrightStar Franchising, LLC.

Schnell has more than 25 years of experience in franchise and distribution law and was a leader of Faegre Baker Daniels’ franchise team. He joined BrightStar in January 2012, as the health care franchisor continued to build on its industry leading position in the marketplace. Schnell oversaw the company’s field operations team, franchise administration and legal matters.

“Brian’s return enhances our already internationally acclaimed franchise practice,” Chief Executive Partner Andrew Humphrey said. “He is recognized by his peers and franchise professionals as one of the top attorneys in the franchise community, and we are extremely pleased that he has decided to return to Faegre Baker Daniels.”

Schnell counsels emerging and mature franchisors in a variety of industries ranging from companies with thousands of locations worldwide to those in the initial stages of building their franchise systems. He has experience advising on structuring domestic and international franchise programs, international expansion, franchise mergers and acquisitions, product distribution and vendor programs, franchise sales compliance, system standards compliance and many other franchise matters.

Schnell formerly chaired the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Supplier Forum and serves on the board of trustees for the IFA Educational Foundation. He has been consistently recognized as a leading franchise lawyer in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and International Who’s Who of Franchise of Franchise Lawyers.

About Faegre Baker Daniels

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, a combination of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels on Jan. 1, 2012—offers a full complement of legal services to clients ranging from emerging enterprises to multinational companies. The firm's 750-plus legal and consulting professionals handle the most complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. With U.S. offices in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. and international offices in London, Beijing and Shanghai, Faegre Baker Daniels is one of the 75 largest law firms in the United States. FaegreBD Consulting, the firm’s advisory and advocacy division based in Washington, D.C., provides public policy, regulatory and technical services to key sectors of the economy. For more information, visit or

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