Our legal team specializes in both operational and franchise law and is available to answer general questions about laws and regulations affecting your business.
Alex Kurkin focuses his practice on complex contract law, real estate law and commercial litigation matters for companies in tightly regulated industries. Kurkin regularly advises auto dealerships and other businesses on their customer sales/lease agreements in order to protect them from potential legal challenges and claims. If one of his clients becomes the target of a lawsuit, his skills as a litigator and strategist enable him to provide effective representation that typically results in favorable outcomes. He takes this same approach in pursuing legal action on behalf of his clients when litigation becomes unavoidable.
Kurkin has conducted pro-bono work for the Miami-Dade Bar Association’s “Put Something Back” program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida in 1989 and a Juris Doctorate from the university’s law school in 1991. Kurkin is also a founding board member of the Miami Beach Health Foundation and a youth football coach.
Craig Spickard, Esq.
Ph (850) 391-5060
Craig Spickard represents motor vehicle dealers in disputes with manufacturers and regulatory agencies, relative to new dealership additions, relocation of existing dealerships, dealership terminations, dealership transfers, vehicle allocation and unfair or disparate treatment by manufacturers. Spickard before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, motor vehicle commissions and boards, and appellate courts. He also represents clients buying or selling motor vehicle dealerships, including transactions involving individuals and publicly held corporations, and assists clients in locating potential buyers or sellers.
Spickard has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law.
John W. Forehand, Esq.
Ph (850) 391-5060
An AV-rated attorney, John W. Forehand brings extensive experience to his ongoing practice of motor vehicle franchise, litigation, business transactions, and administrative law. He primarily represents motor vehicle dealers in disputes with manufacturers and regulatory agencies.
Forehand advises dealers in matters relating to dealership transfers, termination actions, dealership additions and relocations, and all other matters associated with the dealer/manufacturer relationship. Additionally, he advises dealers on issues of regulatory compliance and consumer disputes.
Forehand assists clients in buying and selling motor vehicle dealerships, including transactions involving individuals and publicly held corporations, and assists clients in locating potential buyers or sellers. he is also experienced in general commercial litigation.
Forehand has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Florida State University and a Law Degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A. Edward Quinton, Esq.
Ph (305) 358-2727
Ed Quinton represents auto dealers with franchise law issues, disputes against auto manufacturers, franchise termination challenges, new point or relocation disputes, warranty repair reimbursement/chargeback issues, defending dealers in consumer litigation, representing dealers in class action cases, legal compliance issues arising from daily dealership operations, Attorney General investigations including advertising issues, and buy-sell transactions/dealership transfers.
Richard N. Sox, Esq.
Ph (850) 878-6404
Richard Sox is the managing partner at Bass Sox Mercer law firm which has focused on the representation of motor vehicle dealers for over 25 years. BSM has seven (7) attorneys providing a full range of legal services to dealers across Florida and the United States. BSM represents motor vehicle dealers in dealership sales and acquisitions, finance & insurance compliance, advertising compliance, ownership and management transfer turndowns, dealership succession, new points and relocations, manufacturer audits and chargebacks, facility and image program disputes, dealership terminations, sales performance matters, and incentive program disputes.