The Automotive Dealership industry is rapidly changing, requiring owners to be nimble and to adjust to pressures imposed by manufacturers related to industry consolidation, increased capital demands, floor plan requirements and mandatory facility upgrades.  Pullman & Comley’s experienced practitioners represent auto dealers in all aspects of their businesses, including sales and acquisitions franchise disputes, Department of Motor Vehicles appeals, employment, energy, acquisition, leasing and financing, taxes, real estate, zoning, environmental, waste handling, succession planning and consumer disputes. Our attorneys understand the regulatory, business and legal issues facing automobile dealers and have the experience to provide valuable counsel in areas important to this sector.


  • Representing numerous automotive clients in the acquisition, sale and restructuring of franchises
  • Representing dealers in consumer complaints and investigations
  • Negotiating minimum capitalization requirements with manufacturers
  • Serving as general counsel to auto dealers, including one of the nation's largest, for more than 20 years
  • Establishing and protecting dealership identity
  • Regularly advising management in the creation and enforcement of human resource policies and procedures, and defending dealerships in employment-related complaints brought before state and federal agencies
  • Representing automobile dealers in add point and relocation cases before the Department of Motor Vehicles and in the Courts
  • Negotiating and documenting floor plan and other credit facilities for automotive clients
  • Advising dealers on overtime pay obligation; the creation of enforceable non-competition and confidentiality agreements; and the establishment of computer, e-mail and Internet use policies to protect company equipment and information
  • Ensuring that the real and business personal property of dealerships are equitably assessed for property tax purposes by municipal assessors

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