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"Scott: You have really been a god-send during a very stressful time with a lot going on for us. In the future we will not hesitate to retain you if your services are required, and will certainly not hesitate to recommend others to you. You and your firm are a credit to your profession. Thanks!"
Cheryl and Ron Holbec

Grand Junction, CO

David Meretta

“We chose Jeff because of his extensive experience reviewing franchise agreements, and because of his straightforward, down to earth approach.  It was clear to us from the outset that he is not only well versed in business law, he is also very skilled with the process of the attorney–client–franchisor interaction.  Jeff’s evaluation of the UFOC and his recommendations on negotiating with the franchisor saved us from making what could have been a very costly mistake.  We will definitely call on Jeff the next time we need legal advice in our business dealings.”
Dean and Diane Levi
Indian Hills, CO


Brown & Kannady is a  Denver, Colorado franchise law firm.  The firm’s  Colorado franchise attorneys specialize in all areas of franchise law and franchise agreements.  The firm’s attorneys also have significant experience in trademark, licensing, commercial leasing and general business matters.

  • Scott Kannady, Partner
  • David Meretta, Partner
  • Laura E. Liss, Attorney
  • Jeff Brown, Retired

Scott Kannady

Scott’s experience includes:

  • Drafting software license and development agreements.
  • Analyzing and managing IP portfolios.
  • Negotiating technology outsourcing and procurement agreements.
  • Helping clients form strategic alliances with owners of complementary technologies and services.
  • Negotiating trade secret protection and confidentiality agreements.
  • Litigating before the Colorado Federal and State Courts as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
  • Helping clients with lease negotiation, employment agreements, and other general business legal matters.

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David J. Meretta joined the firm in 2012. He concentrates his practice in the areas of franchise and business law and civil litigation, and also has extensive experience in the areas of appellate practice, employment discrimination, consumer protection and criminal law. Mr. Meretta has represented franchisees and franchisee associations throughout the country. He served as a Topic and Article Editor for the American Bar Association's Franchise Law Journal, a quarterly journal of the Forum on Franchising, from 2011-2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meretta practiced business and franchise litigation in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Meretta received his undergraduate and law school education from the University of Michigan (A.B. with distinction, 1993; J.D., 1996), and was admitted to the state bars of Colorado, Massachusetts and Michigan in 2012, 2000 and 1996, respectively. He is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, Massachusetts, and the Eastern District of Michigan. He was a member of the University of Michigan Marching Band Drumline from 1989 through 1995.

Mr. Meretta clerked for the Hon. Lawrence M. Glazer of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan. Mr. Meretta also independently assisted the defense in Michigan v. Nathaniel Abraham, a widely publicized case in which an 11-year-old child avoided a potential criminal sentence of life in prison without parole.

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Topic and Article Editor, American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, 2011-2013.
  • Co-Author of Franchising (& Distribution) Currents, American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, Winter 2013.
  • Co-Author of Franchising (& Distribution) Currents, American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 4, Spring 2012.
  • Regulation FD: Roadmap to Better Relations Between Franchisors and Franchisees, American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3, Winter 2007.
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, 2011 Forum on Franchising - October 2011, Baltimore, MD.
  • Speaker, International Conference of Franchisees and Dealers - 1st Annual Convention - May 2010, Indianapolis, IN.

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Laura E. Liss

Laura's experience includes:

  • Drafting and updating Uniform Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), franchise agreements and other franchise related agreements.
  • Assisting franchisor clients with state registration of their FDDs, including responding to state regulators' comment letters and reviewing advertising materials.
  • Representing current and prospective franchisee clients.
  • Representing tenants in commercial real estate leasing negotiations.
  • Counseling clients in the purchase and sale of businesses (both franchised and not).
  • Preparing trademark filings, renewal applications, and licensing agreements.

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Jeff Brown

Jeff’s experience includes:

  • Assisting dozens of small to midsized business clients in all stages of business development from formation, to financing, through acquisition.
  • Representing clients in numerous multi-million dollar agreements with Fortune 500 companies on both the buy and sell side, including IBM, AT&T, General Electric, Nortel, Federal Express, Samsung, Hitachi, U.S. Postal Service, and Pitney Bowes.
  • Serving as lead attorney on 2 multi-billion dollar outsourcing deals.
  • Negotiating and drafting hundreds of professional services and licensing agreements.
  • Holding senior legal positions in house with 2 Fortune 500 companies.
  • Reviewing and drafting more than 200 Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars (UFOC), Disclosure Documents (UFDD) and Franchise Agreements.

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