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Your Franchise & Trademark Lawyers

Who We Are

FortmanSpann is a Missouri-based law firm focused on franchise and trademark law.  Our firm’s franchise lawyers have a national presence representing franchisees in matters including, but not limited to, breach of contract, fraud, franchise disclosure document (FDD) disclosure violations, and encroachment, but also purchases, renewals, sales, and transfers.

Our firm’s trademark lawyers have a national presence assisting business owners and other attorneys in matters including, but not limited to, trademark prosecution, litigation, protection, purchase/sale, and more.  Whether you are a franchisee, business owner, or another attorney, FortmanSpann will give you the dedication and personal attention you deserve.

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Franchise Law

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Trademarks

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Personal Injury

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Consumer Protection

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Business Law

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Estate Planning

FortmanSpann specializes in helping individuals navigate the process of purchasing a franchise, as well as dealing with obstacles and issues that arise for franchisees after the purchase. When investing in a franchise, attention to detail regarding documentation and financial analysis are key steps to take to keep your endeavor on the right track. We can help you in all franchise law matters including purchasing, selling, breaches of contract, and more.

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Your Trusted Legal Team

Attorney Jonathan E. Fortman

Jonathan E. Fortman

Attorney Jonathan E. Fortman has been practicing law for over 29 years. A strong supporter of individual rights and an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers, Jon has devoted his career to helping clients who have been harmed by the reckless and negligent actions of others. Jon uses his extensive legal knowledge and skill to advocate effectively on behalf of his clients and will fight hard to protect your rights and help you reach a fair resolution to your unique situation.

Kelly M. Spann

Kelly obtained her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 2021 with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Kelly officially became Jon’s partner and FortmanSpann was born in 2021. Kelly works hard to serve and assist individuals looking for guidance and legal support. She uses her extensive legal knowledge and skill to advocate effectively on behalf of her clients. Kelly is instrumental in providing practical advice and strategic solutions for our clients.

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Why Choose Us?

Effective Legal Representation Is Just a Phone Call Away

Legal matters require intricate knowledge and experience working through the details of law and regulations along with the practical realities of life. When you confront a situation that calls for informed counsel – either personally or professionally – your best move is to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to help you with your case. Trusted legal assistance is only a phone call away. You can have confidence as you lean on our skill and proficiency in numerous areas of law to guide you through your complicated legal issue.

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Personalized Service

You and your case are unique. That’s why you will receive customized attention and service that puts you in a position to pursue a favorable outcome.

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Flexible Appointments

We understand that you have a busy schedule, so we will work with you to help make meetings and appointments fit into your timetable with ease.

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Clear Communication

 It is our top priority to be available to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you updated regarding the details of your case every step of the way.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

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Bonnilee J.

I am so impressed with Jon, Teresa, Kelly, and Steve! I am so thankful for all their hard work in bringing justice to my fellow plaintiffs in the case against Curves International. These guys are top-notch professionals, yet remain down-to-earth and very approachable. They listen, they empathize, they care, and they work so hard on our behalf! I highly recommend this firm.
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Tina C.

Love these people!! Put you at ease quickly, simply because they know their stuff. Very easy to work with.
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Sandra H.

Kelly Spann quickly evaluated my business problem, outlined the steps to accomplish my goal, including a timeline, and then walked me through the process, all for a nominal fee. She also helped me handle some unexpected residual issues that popped up later. The Law Office of Jonathan E. Fortman offers outstanding services for very reasonable prices.
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Tracy S.

This office is a team that works and plays well together for YOUR benefit. They let you know exactly what’s going on and stay on top of EVERYTHING! You will not be disappointed.
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Clesta C.

What an amazing team! We are elated that justice prevailed and the jury ruled in our favor. I highly recommend the law firm of Jonathan Fortman. They are well informed and perfect to have by your side when you have to face the giant! Thanks, Jonathan, Steve, Kelly & Teresa, you guys rock!
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Judi M.

The Fortman legal team is an amazingly capable, smart, and empathetic group. Jon, Kelly, and Teresa shepherd you through the scary parts of your lawsuit, protect your interests, and explain your options, all while they blow the socks off the opposition. I’ve read a lot of legal thrillers, and have never seen a better closing argument than Jon made on my behalf — and that of my 43 fellow plaintiffs — against Curves International. I highly recommend the Law Office of Jonathan E. Fortman for any franchise-related lawsuit (and anything else they’re willing to work on).
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Gary B.

Jonathan is a great lawyer who is dedicated to ensuring great results for his clients. I highly recommend him.
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Spr K.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor & needy. ‘Proverbs 31:8-9.’ Thank you team for all your hard work in helping us. We couldn’t fight this battle alone. Your compassion, patience, and understanding speaks volumes.
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Jackie C.

The Fortman Firm is fast becoming the go-to place for franchise disputes. You simply cannot do better than Jonathan and his team; Kelly and Teresa (and Steve)! They are on top of their game. Signed, a very grateful franchisee. xoxo
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Shelle R.

I would highly recommend this Law Firm. They are a GREAT team to work with. Wonderful ethics and integrity. They are very good at explaining the process to you from start to finish and always keep you in the loop of what is happening.
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