Caroline Fichter

Caroline Fichter is a partner at the Bundy Law Firm. She is passionate about helping small business owners because she’s a second-generation small business owner herself. She specializes in representing franchisees and franchisors in creating, managing, and exiting the franchise relationship.

Growing up with four siblings, Caroline learned early to be a vocal and tenacious advocate. She honed those skills as a prosecuting attorney where she learned to present her case clearly using plain English.  As a franchise attorney, she puts those skills to work for her franchise clients making complex legal ideas seem simple and offering straightforward legal advice.

On behalf of franchisees, she has helped prospective franchisees review franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements, create business entities, and negotiate leases.  She has helped franchisees exit the franchise agreement.  At trial and in arbitrations, she has represented franchisees in claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and franchise law violations. She has helped franchisees terminate their franchise agreements, get out of non-competes, return the franchises to the franchisor, and recover monetary damages. She has recovered more than ten million dollars of damages for defrauded franchisees.

On behalf of franchisors, she has helped franchisors draft franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements. She has represented franchisors in disputes with state franchise examiners and in court including negotiating consent orders.  

In addition to representing franchisors, franchisees, and other small business owners, Caroline publishes and speaks extensively on franchise issues. She regularly presents at the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and publishes in the Franchise Law Journal and the Franchise Lawyer. She is the Director of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and has previously served as the Director of the Small and Solo Committee.

Areas Of Practice

  • Franchising
  • Business Startup
  • Contracts & Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2006

Education

  • Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. -06/1981
  • Seattle Pacific University (fka Seattle Pacific College), Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. -1973
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Franchise Desk Book, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1981 to Present
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member, 1985 to Present
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Member, 1985 to Present
  • ABA Solo & Small Firm Division, Member, 1988 to Present
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Solo & Small Firms Group, Member, 1990 to Present
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Solo & Small Firms Group, Leader, 2007 to 2010
  • International Association of Franchisees & Dealers, Member, 2009 to Present
  • North American Securities Administrators Association, Franchise Law Working Group, Member, Advisory Committee, 1996 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Bundy & Morrill, Inc., P.S., Principal, 1990 to 2007

Languages

  • English