C. Griffith Towle

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. with honors, 1986

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C. Griffith Towle

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Financial Institution
  • Franchise & Distribution
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
  • Intellectual Property


Griff Towle is a principal in the firm and an experienced trial attorney. He represents clients in a variety of commercial cases, including class actions, franchise and related regulatory litigation, business and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, employment law matters, and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Towle has successfully tried and arbitrated many cases involving franchise, intellectual property, partnership, contract and tort claims. In addition, he has substantial experience in mediation and other types of ADR.

Most recently, Mr. Towle has represented a Fortune 1000 energy holding company in a dispute with a municipality, the FDIC, a major financial services company in a purported class action, an international staffing firm in a dispute with several of its franchisees, and the investors in a Ponzi scheme.

Mr. Towle is the former Co-Chair of the Franchise Law Committee for the State Bar of California and served on the Steering Committee of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division of the Forum on Franchising for the American Bar Association. He is co-editor of the Franchise Litigation Handbook published by the ABA and Associate Editor of the Franchise Law Journal.  Mr. Towle has also authored numerous articles and spoken on a variety of topics related to commercial litigation and issues involving franchising.

Recent Articles and Speeches

Injunction Relief in Lanham Act Cases Post-Herb Reed; Spring 2016 (Author)

Irreparable Harm and Trademark Law Demystified!; October 2015 (Speaker)

Franchise Litigation — Frequently Arising Issues in Litigation; May 2015 (Moderator)

Franchising (& Distribution) Currents; May 2015 (Co-author)

Franchising (& Distribution) Currents; February 2014 (Co-author)

Proving Irreparable Harm – Have the Standards Changed?; October 2012 (Speaker and Co-author)

Fundamentals 201: Stop That Right Now — Preparing for and Winning Injunctions; October 2010 (Speaker and Co-author)

Incurable Defaults and “Good Cause” Requirements — Can Sound Drafting Reconcile the Two?; May 2010 (Speaker and Co-author)

Unconscionability and Franchise Litigation; October 2006 (Speaker and Co-author)

Frequently Arising Issues in Litigation — Handling Defaults and Terminations Effectively and Lawfully; May 2006 (Speaker and Co-author)

Litigators Guide to Franchise Terminations — Settlement: Things Every Potential Litigant Should Know About Litigation; October 2002 (Speaker and Co-author)

Handling a Government Investigation — Keeping the Enforcers at Bay; October 2001 (Speaker and Co-author)

Some Approaches to Litigation Management; October 1999 (Speaker and Co-author)

Representing a Franchisor in Litigation with the FTC; Summer 1997

Representing a Franchisor in an FTC Investigation; Summer 1996

For a complete list of Mr. Towle’s articles and speaking engagements click here.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • State Bar of California, Franchise Law Committee (former Co-Chair)
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, Alumni Board of Governors (2007-2010; 2013 – present)
  • Certified Specialist, Franchise and Distribution Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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