Headquartered in North Carolina, serving clients throughout the South and beyond. Our firm specializes in all Franchise related matters, from exploring opening your first small franchise, to managing a national chain of franchised outlets. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every client and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns.

We have started and built successful companies ourselves, and more importantly we have helped many many entrepreneurs both turn their business into a franchise, and also live out their dream by joining one of the many exciting opportunities to operate a franchise in today's dynamic marketplace 

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form to enquire whether our services are right for you. Whether it is as your North Carolina Franchise Lawyer, Florida Franchise Attorney, Georgia Franchise attorney, or any other state in the south and beyond, we are there to help you grow by providing outstanding franchise legal services.




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HOUSTON BARNES, Founder & Attorney


Houston Barnes is an Entrepreneur, business attorney and is the founder of both Southern Franchise Law & The Barnes Law Firm. Houston is experienced and seasoned with a background in both business and law.

He has worked in a number of areas as varied as consulting for a Fortune 500 company, to serving as counsel for a number of start-up entrepreneurial and emerging growth businesses. He enjoys counseling clients, both from the legal aspects, but also on business issues involved in starting and growing companies. 

Houston has served, and is currently serving on many corporate as well as local non-profit boards, and he is very involved with entrepreneurial efforts with nationally recognized universities including. Houston is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, and has worked with franchises nationwide. He is married with two young sons.



Juris Doctor


cum laude, honors in business

Bar Admissions

• North Carolina