Vinson Franchise Law Firm is a small, specialized law firm that provides prompt, high-quality legal services to clients all over the United States (and in many foreign countries) -- at reasonable rates.  Our practice is focused primarily on franchise law and outside general counsel services.  We provide personal attention to each of our clients -- no matter how big or how small.

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”              - Albert Schweitzer

Robert E. Vinson, Jr.

Founder & Principal 


J.D. SMU School of Law 1987

top 15% of class

B.S. Texas Tech University 1983

top 10% of class

Law Licenses

California  2001

Nevada 2004

Texas 1987


At his initial law firm, Rob gained valuable training and experience in diverse areas of law, including franchise and distribution transactions, regulatory compliance, international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and maintenance, trademark registration and maintenance, intellectual property licensing, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation.

Rob's more than 30 years' experience as an attorney for entrepreneurs (and his own experience as an entrepreneur) has provided further background and experience that enables Rob to provide practical, effective and efficient solutions for his clients. 

Legal Career

1987 - 2001

Strasburger & Price LLP

(now known as Clark Hill Strasburger)

Rob began his legal career in 1987 at  this downtown Dallas law firm, where he worked in several different departments, and became a partner in the Franchise and Distribution Law Section.


2001 - present

Vinson Franchise Law Firm

In 2001, he left his former firm to start Vinson Franchise Law Firm -- first in Los Gatos (Silicon Valley), California, and then in Incline Village (Lake Tahoe), Nevada.  Since 2001, the firm has served as outside general counsel for many of its clients.

Fran Man

In 2005, Rob and his brother, Kit Vinson, formed Franchise Manuals LLC (now known as FranMan, Inc.), which prepares franchise operations manuals.  FranMan Inc. also offers a unique, proprietary platform for the online hosting of manuals, which provides many useful tools and metrics to allow franchisors to easily administer their manuals.  For more information about franchise manuals, see www.franman.net.


Rob is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising.  He has written articles and presented papers for the ABA Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association, the Direct Selling Association and the Dallas Bar Association.

Peer Recognition

Rob is rated by his peers as "AV Preeminent" in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the leading directory of U.S. lawyers and law firms.  This rating,   based on confidential evaluations by unaffiliated lawyers, reflects the highest possible recognition for ethical standards and legal ability -- a significant achievement attained by only a small percentage of lawyers.

He was  rated by other lawyers as having "Very High General Ethical Standards" which signify adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.


He was also awarded a score of 5 out of 5 for Legal Ability, based on performance in 5 key areas:

  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capabilities

  • Judgment

  • Communication Ability

  • Legal Experience


Vinson Franchise Law Firm

865 Tahoe Boulevard, Suite 214

Incline Village, Nevada 89451 USA

(at Lake Tahoe)

EMAIL    rob@franchiselaw.net

PHONE     775-832-5577

FAX    866-270-7145


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