Jason 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.

Jason represents franchisors in actions in both state and federal courts to enforce post-termination provisions of franchise agreements and covenants not to compete, 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 and distributors, Jason has litigated complex antitrust issues regarding the termination of distribution arrangements.

Jason 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 required federal and state-specific disclosure provisions and drafts the contracts necessary to establish, protect and enforce franchised business relationships. Jason is also involved in maintaining 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. In addition, he serves as an arbitrator and focuses on the resolution of disputes between franchisors and franchisees or disputes otherwise involving franchising issues.

Jason began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1991-1992. Following his judicial clerkship, he worked at major south Florida law firms for 20 years and served as an equity shareholder as well as chairman of an AmLaw 200 national law firm’s Diversity Committee. Prior to joining Gunster, Jason operated his own Miami-based firm for over 5 years specializing in franchising and distribution, trade regulation and intellectual property and business litigation. With more than 25 years of experience in franchise and distribution law as well as litigation in courts in Florida and throughout the United States, Jason serves as Gunster’s franchise & distribution group leader.

  • Fatt Katt Enterprises, Inc. v. Rocksolid Granit (USA), Inc., No. 1:17-CV-1900-MHC, 2018 WL 482461 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 11, 2018)
  • Wright v. City of Miami Gardens, 200 So. 3d 765 (Fla. 2016)
  • Dealer Basics, LLC v. American Auto Exchange, Inc., No. 3:07-CV-1311-O ECF, 2008 WL 11425396 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 22, 2008)
  • Johnson v. Pires, 968 So.2d 700 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • Gold X-Press Corp. v. Very Beary Venture I, No. 03-60176-CIV-ALTONAGA/Bandstra, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19747 (S.D. Fla. October 3, 2003)
  • Smith Barney, Inc. v. Hyland, 969 F. Supp. 719 (M.D. Fla. 1997) aff 'd, No. 97-2846, slip op. (11th Cir. June 19, 1998)
  • Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. v. Brandt, 131 F.3d 1001 (11th Cir. 1997)
  • United Impex, Inc. v. Citibank, N.A., 677 So.2d 1006 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996)
  • AV Preeminent rating as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell, 2001-19
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Franchise Law, Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Litigation, 2007-20
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year", Franchise Law in Miami, 2013 & 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2013-19
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite", 2004
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle", 2011-19
  • The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Foundation, "Distinguished Honoree Award", 2016
  • Diversity Best Practices, "Diversity Officer Leadership Award", 2008
  • Florida Bar, young lawyers division, "Diversity and Gender Sensitivity Award", 2003
  • Ronald McDonald House, "Twelve Good Men", 2001
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on franchising
    • Franchise Law Journal, topic & article editor, 2013-16
    • The Franchise Lawyer, associate editor, 2005-08
    • Diversity caucus steering committee, 2010-13
    • Litigation section
      • Litigation Magazine, associate editor, 2000-06
  • Florida Bar
    • Equal opportunities law section
    • Trial lawyers section
    • Business law section
      • Antitrust, franchise & trade regulations committee, chair, 2003-04, 2009-11
      • Diversity committee, chair, 2009-12
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • American Law Institute
  • Dade County Bar Association, president, 2015-16
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, president, 2000-01
  • American Arbitration Association, commercial arbitrator panel member
  • Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation, 2006-09
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B"
    • Chairman, 2010-12
    • Member, 2009-10
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Ad Hoc Committee on Complex Business Litigation Section, 2006-08
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, 2010
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review and Attorney Grievance, 2003-05
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami
  • Duke University, alumni admissions advisory committee, Miami
  • The Soul Saving Station of Christ's Crusaders of Florida, assistant pastor and vice president

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