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David G. Ross

Throughout his career, Mr. Ross has tenaciously – and successfully – battled big, medium-sized, and small law firms in high-stakes litigation. Those lawsuits have included issues related to corporate shareholder disputes, breach of contract, unfair competition, unauthorized use of trade secrets, violations of non-compete provisions, antitrust, commercial fraud, tortious interference with contract, and franchising (among others). He also has handled employment matters involving claims of wrongful discharge, unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of post-employment agreements, and non-payment of overtime wages.

If your livelihood is on the line, it’s in good hands with Dave. – H.D.

Mr. Ross has significant experience providing non-litigation services as well. His transactional practice includes the review and negotiation of asset purchase/buy-sell agreements, franchise agreements, non-compete/non-disclosure contracts, employment-related agreements, and other contracts. He also works as an “outside general counsel” who provides day-to-day and as-needed advice to his business clients.

Indeed, Mr. Ross’s transactional and advisory work is informed by his experience as a trial lawyer. Having seen firsthand the ultimate consequences of many types of business actions and inactions, he is better able to foresee potential problems and therefore put his clients in a better position to either avoid liability or prevail in future lawsuits.

In all of my associations with various law firms handling our numerous matters, I’ve not found a more thorough and capable litigation attorney.  – P.C.

Mr. Ross is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, and is admitted to practice before the federal courts in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He is currently the Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Franchise and Distribution Law Committee and a member of a committee convened by the Maryland Securities Commissioner to examine possible changes to the administration of the Maryland Franchise Registration and Disclosure Law. Mr. Ross is also a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Publications

Ross Law Firm attorneys authored, co-authored, or assisted with the following:

  • Comparing Select Federal and Maryland Procedural Standards
    by David G. Ross, Diane Seltzer Torre, and Richard M. Volin — This chapter appeared in the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Desktop, 2021 Revised Edition (2021, Mary T. Keating ed.).
  • Evaluating Franchise Agreements: It’s About More Than Just the Terms
    by Jordan M. Halle and David G. Ross – This paper was provided in connection with the authors’ presentation at the Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section’s 2020 Advanced Business Law Institute.
  • Comparing Select Federal and Maryland Procedural Standards
    by David G. Ross and Diane Seltzer Torre — This chapter appeared in the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Desktop, 2016 Replacement Page Volume (2016, Rebecca N. Strandberg ed.).
  • Comparing Select Federal and Maryland Procedural Standards
    by Gwen W. D’Souza and David G. Ross — This chapter appeared in the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Desktop (2014, Rebecca N. Strandberg ed.).
  • The Moving Target: System Standards and the Franchisor’s “Sole Discretion” to Change Franchisee Obligations
    by David G. Ross and Jeffrey S. Fabian – This article first appeared in August 2011 on http://www.franchisehelp.com.
  • Go Fish in Your Own Pond: Encroachment Liability to Fellow Franchisees
    by David G. Ross – This article first appeared in July 2011 on http://www.franchise-info.ca, the official website of the International Association of Franchisees and Dealers.
  • A Fair Use of Nominative Fair Use? Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. v. Tabari
    by Jeffrey S. Fabian and David G. Ross – Originally published in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Intellectual Property Law Update, Vol. IV, June 2011.
  • Franchisee Legal Documents
    This chapter from the undergraduate textbook Franchising: An Entrepreneur’s Guide (4th ed. 2008, Justis & Judd, eds.) was originally written by Andrew A. Caffey and then updated by Mr. Caffey and David G. Ross to reflect 2007 changes to the “FTC Rule” governing franchisors.
  • The Good & the Bad: What Congress’s “Fair Pay” and “Mandatory Arbitration” Bills Mean for Franchisees
    by David G. Ross – Originally published in The Franchisee Voice, Vol. 13, Issue 4, Spring 2008.
  • Changes to Civil Rights Statutes: The Continued Increase of Employment Liability Risk
    by David L. Cahn and David G. Ross – This article first appeared in the February 2008 issue ofLJN’s Franchising Business & Law Alert. The publisher strictly prohibits redistribution or commercial use.
  • Employer Beware: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
    by David G. Ross and Linda Hitt Thatcher – Originally published in The Franchisee Voice, Vol. 13, Issue 2, Fall 2007.
  • Employee Problems Are Your Problem: H.R. Issues for 7-Eleven Franchisees
    by David G. Ross – Originally published in the July/August 2007 issue of AVANTI, the official magazine of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees.

To read more of Mr. Ross’s writings, see our Articles & Updates.

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