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Jason Murray

Jason Murray

Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.
  • Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Intellectual Property...
  • District of Columbia, Florida
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Mr. Murray practices in the area of franchise and distribution law and provides counsel and assistance with creating, managing, licensing, protecting and enforcing franchised business relationships, product distribution systems and dealership networks. His franchise and distribution law practice specifically relates to licensing and development, regulation and compliance, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation. Mr. Murrayâs litigation experience consists of general commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including franchise and distribution law, intellectual property, and real property matters.

His extensive experience in the area of franchise, distributor, and dealership dispute resolution includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation in matters involving disputes over termination, covenants not to compete, trademark infringement, wrongful use and/or theft of intellectual property, breach of contract, and statutory violations. Often times the resolution of these disputes includes a demand for injunctive relief. Specifically, Mr. Murray represents franchisors in actions in both state and federal courts to enforce post-termination provisions of franchise agreements, to prevent disclosure of confidential information, and to stop the wrongful use of trademarks and intellectual property by terminated franchisees. Additionally, he represents sub-franchisors, master franchisees, area developers, and multi-unit franchisees seeking to prevent a franchisor from wrongfully terminating a franchise relationship. In representing manufacturers/distributors, Mr. Murray has litigated complex antitrust issues regarding the termination of distribution arrangements.

Jason Murray provides full-service franchise legal compliance programs that include the structuring, registration and updating of franchise offering documents throughout the United States. He oversees the preparation of all the required federal and state-specific disclosure provisions and drafts all the contracts necessary to establish, protect and enforce franchised business relationships. Mr. Murray maintains the on-going disclosure, reporting and registration renewal needs of clients in strict compliance with all the federal and state laws that govern their franchise, distributor and dealer relationships.

Additionally, his practice includes the representation of developers, mortgage lenders and title companies in litigation involving disputes over real property.

Mr. Murray is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitrator Panel. Additionally, he serves as an arbitrator for Franchise Arbitration and Mediation Services, an arbitration and mediation referral service specializing in the resolution of disputes between franchisors and franchisees or otherwise involving franchising issues, using alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks
Additional Practice Areas
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Franchise, Distribution & Dealership Law
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Shareholder, Franchise & Distribution Group Leader
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.
- Current
President & CEO
Murray Law, P.A.
- Current
Carlton Fields, P.A.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
University of Virginia
J.D. | Law
Duke University
B.A. | English, Political Science, and History
2019 Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year" award winner in Miami
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the United States in high-profile legal practice areas in conjunction with its 15th edition (2009). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments Best Lawyers conducts with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.
Distinguished Honoree Award
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Foundation
2013 Franchise Law "Lawyer of the Year" award winner in Miami
Best Lawyers in America
Diversity Officer Leadership Award (DOLA)
Diversity Best Practices
The DOLA award is presented by Diversity Best Practices annually to those individuals who innovate, inspire, and work above and across corporate borders to strengthen and grow the entire diversity sector. The organization honors top diversity thought leaders who generously and unselfishly share wisdom and best practices. The honorees are acknowledged for providing extraordinary support to their leadership to implement outstanding diversity and inclusion programs from the top.
Diversity and Gender Sensitivity Award
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
Twelve Good Men
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Professional Associations
District of Columbia Bar
- Current
The Florida Bar
- Current
Dade County Bar Association
President & CEO
Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association
President & CEO
Articles & Publications
Franchising & Distribution Currents
ABA Franchise Law Journal
Franchising & Distribution Currents
ABA Franchise Law Journal
Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, Florida Chapter, 3rd Edition
ABA Forum on Franchising publication
Covenants Not to Compete and Nonsignatories: Enjoining Unfair Conspiracies
ABA Franchise Law Journal
White Ritual & Black Magic: Playing the Race Card
ABA Litigation Magazine
Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, Florida Chapter, 2nd Edition
ABA Forum on Franchising publication
Speaking Engagements
Advanced Litigation Topics: The Franchisor And Franchisee Perspectives, 21st Annual Forum on Franchising, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ABA Forum on Franchising
As Good As It Gets: The Rise of Mediation Options, 26th Annual Forum on Franchising, Hollywood, Florida
ABA Forum on Franchising
The Enforcement of Covenants Against Competition, 28th Annual Forum on Franchising, Orlando, Florida
ABA Forum on Franchising
Vicarious Liability, 31st Annual Forum on Franchising, Austin, Texas
ABA Forum on Franchising
Game Changers: New Laws Affecting Franchise Systems in 2011, 44th Annual Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C.
International Franchise Association
The Fight Over Where to Fight: Removal, Transfer of Venue and Compelling Arbitration, 34th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Baltimore, Maryland
ABA Forum on Franchising
Good Faith and Fair Dealing -- Alive and Well or is it a Matter of Business Judgment?, 39th Annual Forum on Franchising Meeting, Miami Beach, Florida
ABA Forum on Franchising
Websites & Blogs
Social Media
Contact & Map
Brickell World Plaza
600 Brickell Avenue
Suite 3500
Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 376-6041
Fax: (305) 376-6010