C. Griffith Towle
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. with honors, 1986
- Business Litigation
- Financial Institution
- Franchise & Distribution
- Real Estate Litigation
- Class Actions
- Shareholder & Parternship 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, 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, 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.
Articles and Speeches
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)
Fundamentals 201: Stop That Right Now — Preparing for and Winning Injunctions; October 2010 (Speaker)
Unconscionability and Franchise Litigation; October 2006 (Speaker)
Handling a Government Investigation — Keeping the Enforcers at Bay; October 2001 (Speaker)
Some Approaches to Litigation Management; October 1999 (Speaker)
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.
- 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