David Schaller represents clients in franchise and distribution disputes, business torts, insurance bad faith, and professional liability matters. He relies on his significant prior experience in business to appreciate his clients’ priorities relating to complex commercial disputes.
Dave has extensive experience representing major companies in disputes related to franchise and distribution agreements, including winning precedent-setting judgments for his clients. He has successfully tried cases and arbitrations, conducted evidentiary hearings, prevailed on dispositive motions, and negotiated highly favorable settlements in jurisdictions across the country.
Dave spent 12 years in business before entering law. During this time, he developed firsthand experience with the types of challenges and disputes his clients bring to him now, including contractual breaches, employment claims, competition issues, vendor agreements, and real estate transactions. This background heavily informs Dave’s practice and helps him walk in his clients’ shoes. He efficiently and creatively resolves legal disputes while safeguarding the relationships that help his clients’ businesses thrive.
The Franchise Law Practice:
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell represents franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors in disputes with their franchisees or dealers, or in matters related to their distribution networks. We have tried cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies from Alaska to North Carolina.
We have helped resolve disputes involving all facets of the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, including dealer fraud, establishments, terminations, relocations, franchise modifications, product introductions, and allocation of products. Beyond federal and state dealer-based or franchise-based statutory claims, our practice routinely involves defending the common law claims that typically accompany those franchise-act-based statutory claims, such as business torts, breach of contract, bad faith, and RICO.
Our role as co-national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle manufacturer and national trial counsel for a major motor-vehicle distributor has helped hone our skills in varied venues and forums throughout the country.
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell:
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell excels at all stages of complex civil litigation—pretrial, trial, post-trial, and appellate. The firm is recognized nationally for its significant experience in substantive practice areas of interest to corporations, including commercial litigation, product liability, employment, franchise, insurance, personal injury defense, intellectual property, and professional liability.
We use the knowledge gained through our extensive trial experience to our clients’ advantage when conducting internal investigations, early case assessments, pre-trial negotiations, and counseling to avoid future litigation.
Our firm structure neither depends on nor is geared toward considerations of leveraging high partner-associate ratios, keeping work within our own firm, or maximizing staffing levels or billable hours. Consequently, we are completely comfortable in partnering with, or retaining and supervising, lawyers from other firms who can bring to bear resources or specialized expertise best suited to the accomplishment of our clients’ goals. We have many years of experience working in close collaboration with other firms and lawyers, including members of many of the largest and best law firms in the nation, and we take pride in making these teams work effectively and efficiently for our clients’ interests.