“Constant desire to improve and work hard… Curiosity to learn more and push the envelope.” – Jim Mulcahy
Mulcahy LLP is based in Southern, CA. serving clients domestically and abroad. The firm specializes in providing legal services to franchisors, manufacturers, distributors, and other businesses in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside California. Whether through litigation in state or federal court, arbitration, mediation or negotiation, the attorneys have the ability to find the best business solution for clients, and if that solution is litigation, they litigate to win from the very beginning. At Mulcahy, LLP they believe that preparing their cases thoroughly is the most effective way to success achieving favorable and prompt results for their clients.
Jim Mulcahy is the founder and managing partner of Mulcahy LLP. He is a trial lawyer, and has taken more than 70 cases to trial in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He is also a Certified Specialist in Franchise & Distribution Law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Jim Mulcahy is widely recognized for his ability to assist corporations in structuring solid franchise and distribution business solutions and in identifying potential conflicts before they arise. His experience includes litigating, trying, and arbitrating hundreds of matters involving disputes between franchisors/suppliers and franchisees/dealers, franchise disclosure and relationship statutes, antitrust and trade regulation, unfair competition issues, dealer and distribution programs, vertical marketing issues, claims of trademark and copyright infringement, allegations of tortious business conduct, misappropriation of trade secrets, and a myriad of contractual and other business disputes.
Jim regularly represents franchise and distribution clients in courts across the country on a wide variety of issues, including state and federal statutory franchise and distribution issues, price and non-price competition issues, non-competition covenants, unfair competition issues, trademark disputes, theft of trade secrets disputes, system compliance issues, dealer terminations, and enforcement of arbitration and venue provisions.
In addition to franchise and distribution matters, Jim’s practice includes representing companies and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes and corporate matters, including, among others, complex issues of vertical and horizontal relationships with suppliers, customers and competitors. He has deep experience in counseling on covenants not to compete, pricing issues, competitor collaborations, trade association activities, exclusive dealing and tying arrangements, group boycotts and refusals to deal, below cost pricing and price discrimination, territorial and customer restrictions, suggested resale prices, minimum advertising programs, volume, functional and bundled price discounts, rebates and promotional allowances, requirements contracts and most favored nation clauses.
Jim’s most recent victories include a $6.8 million judgment in May 2017 following a month-long jury trial, and a $4.3 million judgment following an August 2016 arbitration. Both cases were litigated outside of California and involved complicated franchise and distribution issues.
Jim Mulcahy received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1978 and his B.A. in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, 1975 from the same university. He is a member on the Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (2015-present), President of Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (2009-present) and Faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the College of Trial Advocacy.
He is also a frequent author and speaker on franchise, distribution, and competition issues for, among others, the California State Bar, the International Franchise Association, and the American Bar Association Antitrust Section.
Jim was named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, Nationally recognized authority on franchise and distribution law and antitrust and trade regulation litigation, AV® Preeminent™ Rated (5 out of 5), Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Directory, Superb Rated (10 out of 10), by Avvo, Inc. legal directory, Selected by Franchise Times as a Legal Eagle (2016-2018, 2021), Named among the “Best Law Firms in California” by U.S. News & World Report and Former General Counsel of American Suzuki Motor Corporation.
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