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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. Learn More


FortmanSpann is well-versed in trademark law. We are knowledgeable in common law trademark rights as well as federal trademark rights. We have helped clients obtain trademark registration (both state and federal), trademark protection, enforcement of trademark rights, and more. If you are considering trademark registration or need help protecting your trademark rights, we are the legal advisors for you. Learn More

Personal Injury

At FortmanSpann, we have significant experience helping individuals pursue damages for their injuries.  We’ve built a career on successfully representing clients who were harmed by another party.  Based on our experience, if you have suffered an injury caused by the careless actions of another, we can help you get legal counsel to pursue your claims in an effective, efficient manner. Learn More

Consumer Protection

At FortmanSpann, we have defended consumers from violations of consumer protection laws.  As a consumer, you are protected by numerous laws from the scrupulous activities of businesses.  We have successfully pursued claims on behalf of consumers who received unsolicited phone calls or text message, received false advertising, and more.  If any of the regulations are violated, we can help you get the right legal counsel to protect your rights. Learn More

Business Law

As small business owners ourselves, FortmanSpann has extensive experience in business and commercial law.   We are knowledgeable in everything from business formation to providing outside counsel services, including assessing legal risks, providing practical and strategic advice, preventing future legal liability, and more.  If you are considering starting your own business or have been in business for years, we can assist you in obtaining legal counsel. Learn More

Estate Planning

At FortmanSpann, we provide custom estate planning at an affordable price to our local clients.  Estate planning does not have to be expensive or complicated.  In fact, we take pride in making it easy, affordable, and streamlined for our local community.  If you’re looking to create a comprehensive estate plan, we can help you or assist you in obtaining legal counsel in your area. Learn More

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Legal Team

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.

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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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Kelly M. Spann
What Our Clients Are Saying

Jon and Kelly have been so helpful and professional in helping me! They were wonderful to work with and resolved my case. I would highly recommend them!

Melissa B.

Jonathan helped me out with an issue getting the title to a car I had bought. He gave me honest and sound advice which brought a swift resolution to my issue. I would recommend this guy to anyone without a doubt. Thanks again, John!!! Oh, and his receptionist is super nice too!

Kyle J.

Used the office to issue a letter to a tenant. The attorney did what we agreed on.

Talal A.

I would highly recommend John and Kelly. They are both positive and professional and keep you updated with how things are going. Not once did I need to call to do a follow-up.

Kim H.

Jonathan, Kelly, and the entire staff handled our case swiftly and professionally. They were able to bring closure to more than two years of anxiety and sleepless nights. I highly recommend the Law Offices of Jonathan Fortman. It was well worth the phone call!  

Brian V.

Very thorough and knowledgeable. I was very pleased with their advice and direction.

SouthBrook Women

We were a very diverse group seeking redress from a major corporate entity. We were very fortunate to be represented by Jon Fortman who, with the help of Kelly Spann and their team, brought us a big win. The issues were complex and the opponents were high-powered corporate attorneys but our team prevailed. At all…

Lin P.

Thank you so much to Jonathan and his staff for handling our claim! We were kept up-to-date throughout the process and it was greatly appreciated!

Deborah H.

We have been working with Jonathan for a while now and our case just settled. He and his team are extremely courteous and helpful. I’m so glad that this is who we chose to represent us. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking for representation!

Natalie L.

Very professional, very knowledgeable and explain everything to you. Highly recommend them!!!

Beth H.

Awesome! Great team who really believed in the case, fought it, and WON!! Wahoo!

Anne A.

This is the one team that you want to represent you when you are having trouble with your franchisor. Knowledge, caring, and selfless effort by the best team available.

Joy S.

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.

Shelle R.

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

Jackie C.

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…

Spr K.

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

Gary B.

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…

Judi M.

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!

Clesta C.

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.

Tracy S.

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 Johnathan E. Fortman offers outstanding services for very reasonable…

Sandra H.

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

Tina C.

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…

Bonnilee J.

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