Brett M. Buterick
Brett M. Buterick is counsel at A.Y. Strauss, where he is a member of the firm’s Franchise and Hospitality and Litigation practice groups. Brett has significant experience counseling franchise and technology startups and representing established businesses in complex litigation.
Brett has helped launch more than 60 franchise brands and annually assists more than 130 brands navigate the complexities of state and federal franchise registration and renewal laws. He regularly helps early-stage franchise clients devise formation, expansion, and sale strategies by leveraging broad litigation experience to provide balanced, protective advice. Working with franchisors, entrepreneurs, and business owners of all sizes and across a wide-range of industries, Brett offers each client a detail-oriented, experienced, and effective approach to addressing any franchise-related issue.
Brett’s guidance is largely shaped by his highly regarded commercial litigation experience. He has successfully defended business entities in federal and state court matters involving breach of contract, fraud, business competition, consumer protection, and trademark infringement claims. In addition, Brett has extensive experience assisting commercial lenders in asset recovery matters and loan workouts.
Prior to joining A.Y. Strauss, Brett was an associate at Hill Wallack LLP, practicing in the firm’s litigation, creditor’s rights, and venture capital groups. Brett clerked for the Honorable Paula T. Dow, P.J. Ch., Superior Court of New Jersey, where he assisted in resolution of shareholder oppression, partnership dissolution, and corporate and personal property disputes. Brett has been recognized by Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Professional and Civic Activities
• Philadelphia Bar Association
Publications and Presentations
- Developments in Non-Signatory Liability in Franchise Agreements, Where and When Does it Apply? Co-Author, American Bar Association, The Franchise Lawyer, June 2020
- The Practical and Abstract Implications of ‘In re Linear Electric’, Co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, March 2018
- Terminable-at-Will Clauses and Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy: An Examination of Third Circuit Treatment and Practitioner Guidance, Author, Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, January 22, 2015
- Franchising 101, Co-Panelist, LawPracticeCLE, May 2020
- Navigating the Franchise Buying Process: What to Know Before You Invest, Startup Grind Princeton, February 6, 2020
Rutgers University, (B.S., 2011)
Rutgers School of Law, (J.D., 2015)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit