Stuart Schwager is a business and litigation attorney who represents petroleum distributors, retail service station dealers, and convenience store operators in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in all facets of their businesses. He also represents general businesses and franchisees in transactions, litigation, bankruptcy, and other dispute resolution forums.
Described by clients as smart, pragmatic, and relentless in his dedication to their cases, Stuart is an experienced petroleum marketing lawyer who’s extremely familiar with the nuances of the law. Bringing a no-nonsense approach, he always keeps his on eye on the big picture: obtaining the end result the client wants.
Stuart represents franchisee dealers in termination, non-renewal, and pricing claims under state and federal laws, including the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) and Article 2 of the UCC. His representation extends to advising and representing franchisees and potential franchisees in a variety of matters related to franchise law, such as entry into and renewals of franchise relationships, including review of franchise disclosure documents (FDD) and negotiation of franchise agreements and related transactional documents.
He has brought and defended a variety of claims in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and in alternate dispute resolution (ADR) settings such as arbitrations and mediations, including claims alleging breach of contract and fraud, enforcement of non-competition covenants and shareholder disputes. In the administrative arena, Stuart has represented licensed professionals challenging attempted suspensions and revocations.
Businesses and executives turn to Stuart for counsel in matters concerning enterprise formation, shareholder and employment agreements, commercial transactions, state and federal securities law compliance, and various issues related to corporate law. He also handles mergers and acquisitions, including asset and stock purchases and sales, corporate reorganizations and recapitalizations.
Stuart represents corporate clients in antitrust and competition law matters, including price-fixing and unfair competition claims. He also represents creditors in asserting and perfecting claims in bankruptcy proceedings. His clients come from a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction, and the manufacturing, sales and distribution sectors.
Stuart lives in Kensington, Maryland, with his wife and three teenage sons. He enjoys playing competitive tennis and softball, and on most weekends you can find him on the side of a sports field, pool or court cheering on his sons.
General Franchise Law