Negotiating Franchise Agreements

Michael Rosenthal was a speaker at the State Bar of Georgia’s Franchise and Distribution Law Section luncheon, held February 8, 2017, on the topic “How to Negotiate a Franchise Agreement”.

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WJR’s Michael Rosenthal Comments on International Franchise Association Suit Against City of Seattle

This past week, the IFA filed suit against the City of Seattle, seeking to have struck down the City’s recently enacted minimum wage ordinance.   The City, which has been referred to by some as the “People’s Republic of Seattle,” recently raised its minimum wage from $9.32 to $15.00 per hour.   This puts Seattle’s minimum wage […]

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Congratulations to TapSnap Ventures

Scott McInnes, founder and CEO of our client, TapSnap Ventures, was interviewed in the June/July 2014 edition of Franchise Times, discussing his company’s photo entertainment franchise and its successful launch in late 2012. Scott, pictured in front of a T-Rex thanks to TapSnap technology, discussed some of the big corporate events at which TapSnap has […]

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Tax Court Rejects Transferee Liability Claim

In Swords Trust v. Comm’r., 142 T.C. No. 19, the IRS attempted to bypass state law and use federal law to assert transferee liability against four trusts that each owned an interest in Davreyn Corp. At its most basic, Davreyn Corp. through a series of transactions sold stock to a personal holding company which in […]

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SEC Charges Brokers with Variable Annuity Scam

As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a fraud complaint against a pair of brokers alleging that they defrauded customers using variable annuities to invest in insurance contracts that wagered on the lives of the terminally ill. Variable annuities are a type of high commission retirement savings […]

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IRS Audits of Thinly-Capitalized Captive Insurance Companies

The Internal Revenue Service is taking a close look at captive insurance companies.  Your captive could be audited, particularly if you borrowed money to pay the insurance premiums or you borrowed money from your captive.  Although borrowing money to pay your premiums or borrowing from your captive is not technically illegal, the IRS could claim […]

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FINRA Orders Fines and Restitution Totaling More Than $1 Million for Unsuitable Sales of Leveraged and Inverse ETFs, and Related Supervisory Deficiencies

According to a recent news release by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), it has ordered two St. Louis-based broker-dealers – Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Century Securities Associates, Inc. – to pay combined fines of $550,000 and a total of nearly $475,000 in restitution to 65 customers in connection with sales of leveraged […]

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Potential Conflicts in Retirement Rollovers to Brokerage Firm Sponsored IRAs

In a recent regulatory notice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) warned member firms that they should not recommend that a client who is leaving a company transfer money from the company’s 401k plan into an brokerage firm sponsored IRA if its better for the client to leave the money in the company plan, or […]

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WJR Welcomes David Peck

WJR is proud to announce that we have again expanded our Taxation and Tax Controversy practice with the recent addition of David Peck. David brings over 25 years experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Houston, TX, a member of the IRS’ Chief Counsel Office and at a Big Four accounting firm. David’s primary areas […]

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JP Morgan Agrees to $13 Billion Mortgage Settlement

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Justice Department reported that JP Morgan agreed to a $13 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities sold ahead of the financial crisis. According to the Justice Department, as part of the settlement, JP Morgan admitted to making “serious misrepresentations” to investors in mortgage-backed securities. The 13 billion settlement includes a […]

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Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. provides a range of legal services in the following areas:

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Corporate & Finance Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Law
  • Franchise & Business Opportunity Law
  • Heathcare IT
  • International Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Sports Law
  • Technology Law
  • Other Areas of Practice

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Our attorneys provide the most comprehensive legal service around. If you are an entrepreneur or small business in a bind, let us assist you. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our clients in a range of legal areas. With decades of experience in areas of practice from commercial law to health care and taxation, Wagner, Johnston and Rosenthal P.C. can help. Click on a name to the left to learn more about each attorney and their specialties.

Our Clients


Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal represents a broad range of privately held businesses, executives and entrepreneurs. While a majority of the Firm’s clientele is based in the greater Atlanta area, the Firm also services clients located throughout the United States as well as in foreign countries.

The industries the Firm represents are as diverse as the economy: manufacturers and service industries, real estate developers, financial concerns, lending institutions, health care professionals and facilities, benefit consultants, software and technology developers, public service agencies, investment partnerships, travel agencies, private schools, engineering concerns, leasing companies, telecommunications concerns, hotel developers, franchisors and professional sports teams.