• Biography

    Rob Lauer is a franchise lawyer who devotes 100 percent of his practice to domestic and international franchise matters. Rob also concurrently serves as the administrative partner for Haynes and Boone’s Austin office and co-head of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group. Rob is extremely active on the ABA’s Forum on Franchising as an editor, writer and speaker at forum events, and is currently serving on the Forum’s Governing Committee through 2022. Rob also currently serves as a Committee Member on the IBA’s International Franchising Committee through 2019.

    Rob focuses on franchise transactional matters, and is recognized in both Chambers USA (2012 to 2020) and Chambers Global (2011 to 2020) published by Chambers and Partners as well as The Best Lawyers in America (2008 to 2021), for his experience in both domestic and international franchising. Rob helps both large and small/startup franchisors structure domestic and international franchise offerings, comply with domestic and international franchise disclosure and registration requirements, negotiate franchise and related agreements around the world, analyze and help resolve pre-litigation franchise disputes, structure supply chain programs and prepare and negotiate supplier and vendor agreements for franchise systems and perform and defend due diligence reviews involving mergers and acquisitions of franchise companies. Rob has a particular focus on restaurant and hospitality franchising. In fact, before Haynes and Boone, Rob was the in-house franchise and litigation attorney for a large public restaurant franchisor and operator.

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “Annotated Franchise Agreement,” co-author, American Bar Association Book Publishing, 2018.
    • "Fundamentals of Franchising – Europe," co-author, American Bar Association Book Publishing, 2017.
    • "What Every Texas Attorney Should Know About Franchise Law,” presenter, Ten Minute Mentor video tutorial, Texas Bar CLE/Texas Young Lawyers Association.
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., St. Mary's University, 1997, cum laude; Who's Who: American Law Students (17th ed.); Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Torts, 1994-1995; Outstanding Staff Writer Award, St. Mary's Law Journal (1995-1996)
    • B.A., Trinity University, 1994
      • Briefing Attorney, Justice Terrie Livingston, Second Court of Appeals, State of Texas;
      • Intern, The Honorable Edward Prado, United States District Court
  • Admissions

    • Texas