Wayne P. Bunch
BiographyWayne P. Bunch, Jr. has practiced license and franchise law since 1993. From 1997 to early 2005, he held the positions of General Counsel, President, and CEO for Crescent City Beignets, Inc. He was instrumental in establishing Crescent City as a national franchise company with locations from Georgia to California. Under his tenure, the franchise company was included in Entrepreneur Magazine's list of the top 500 franchises in the U.S. and in 2004 was awarded as one of the year's "Hot Concepts" by Nation's Restaurant News.
As General Counsel and CEO for Crescent City, Mr. Bunch was responsible for establishing the legal and business infrastructures necessary for aggressive franchise growth as well as managing the franchisor/franchisee relationship. Utilizing the franchise model, Mr. Bunch expanded Crescent City to a system which included nearly 40 franchisees with over 100 units in development.
After successfully negotiating and concluding the sale of Crescent City to its most successful franchisee, Mr. Bunch opened a boutique law firm in order to provide advice and counsel to those similarly involved in the dynamic field of franchising.
While Mr. Bunch has represented both franchisors as well as prospective franchisees, his specialty is in the area of providing experienced counsel to start-up and emerging franchisors as these companies endeavor to develop a successful franchise organization offering the sale of franchises on a local, regional, or national level. His practice includes the representation of franchisors in a variety of industries including restaurants, real estate companies, video game stores, pet care service companies, durable medical equipment sales, optometry clinics, furniture stores, haircut salons, billiard halls, recruitment firms, automobile repair companies, tax services companies, and educational art companies.
Given his background, Mr. Bunch has gained the experience necessary to approach legal issues with a complete understanding of the underlying business concerns at hand. It is this multi-layered expertise that gives him the unique ability to provide experienced business counsel as well as comprehensive legal counsel.
Mr. Bunch is not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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Mr. Bunch is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association.
Speeches / Publications
Mr. Bunch presented at the following:
Links to Publications
LL.M. Transnational Business Practices, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
J.D., Louisiana State University Baton Rouge School of Law
B.S., Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
He received his Certificate of Study of European Union Law from the University of Stockholm, Sweden — Faculty of Law in 1991.
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