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Joshua F. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
One Indiana Square, Suite 3500
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2023
Phone: 317-733-7311
Fax: 317-713-3699
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016
Licensed in Indiana Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Franchise/Dealership (90%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Joshua F. Brown is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP law firm, and he works primarily out of the firm's law office in Indianapolis, Indiana. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 15 years of total legal experience, Mr. Brown serves as industry chair to the firm's Franchise and Distribution group, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Indiana and the Midwest states as well as across the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Venture capital and emerging companies

·       Mergers and acquisitions

·       Intellectual property licensing

·       Other intellectual property matters

·       Franchise and distribution

·       Food and beverage law

As an attorney, Mr. Brown combines his extensive business background and entrepreneurial skills with his legal experience to better address his clients' issues so that he can help them pursue their goals and the positive results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He is intensely passionate about helping his clients grow their companies and make practical decisions that will place them on a path to future success. 

He has become known as an authority on all areas of intellectual property as well as franchise law, and he has achieved a long record of obtaining successful outcomes for his clients in a variety of industries. He is also the creator and host of a top-rated podcast dealing with franchise matters, and he has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars on various legal topics.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Brown has earned designation as a Franchise Legal Eagle along with consistent recognition from his peers as being among the top lawyers in his region. He has also received the President’s Award for Service to the Association, Indianapolis Bar Association as well as the Dr. John Morton Finney, Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education.

A 1998 graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Brown obtained his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2006. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Franchise/Dealership
  • 10%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


5 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016

White Papers

  • 10 Secrets to Franchise Success: What to Know BEFORE You Buy (2013) - In franchising, the difference between buying a job and running a business is in being prepared!  If you dive in head first without laying the proper groundwork, the franchise will eventually control you; like the boss you're so prudently trying to avoid.  But, plan like a pro and you'll control it! Too many franchisees fail to plan appropriately, though, and it usually ends in defeat.  Generally, it's not for a lack of trying.  Most franchisees prepare to the best of their knowledge.  They just don't know what they're missing.  So, what's the big secret to planning for success and avoiding franchisee remorse? Contact me at to find out or go to my website and download this FREE 47 page detailed account.
  • A Guide To Online Sweepstakes & Promotions (2013) - This is a customized guide for advertising, marketing, and promotions companies to help them keep their online sweepstakes & promotions legally legit.  

About Joshua F. Brown

First Admitted: 2006, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Indiana Innovation Committee, Member, Technology Working Group, 2020-Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Indiana
  • Indiana Bar Association, Past Member, Leadership Group, 2020
  • Indiana Bar Association, Past Vice President, 2018-2019
  • Indiana Bar Association, Past Board Member, 2018-2020
  • Indianapolis Bar Association - Chair of the Meeting of Members Section of the Membership Committee, 2010
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court - Associate, 2007
  • Indiana State Bar Association:  Appellate Practice Section, 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Young Lawyers Division - Education Committee, 2009
  • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Legislative Committee, 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Young Lawyers Division - Bar Enhancement Committee, 2008
  • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Appellate Practice CLE Committee, 2010


  • College Mentors For Kids Chairman of the Board:  Chairman of the Board of Directors for national non-profit geared toward helping 1st-6th graders with mentoring and growth opportunities matched up with college students on college campuses. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 10 Questions to Ask Franchisees Before You Buy, 2013
  • Are You Striving for Greatness or Competence, 2013
  • The #1 Trait All Successful Franchise Owners Possess, 2013
  • How To Buy a Franchise…The Right Way!
  • Ignorance is NOT Bliss, 2014
  • Financing a Franchise: Simple Advice on Funding Your Franchise Investment, 2013
  • Presenter/Moderator, Anatomy of an Interlocutory Appeal in Indiana, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2010
  • What Kind of Franchise Should I buy?, 2013
  • Valparaiso University Law Review, Articles Writer & Editor, 2004-05
  • How to Build Your Business With a Profitable Exit in Mind, 2014
  • How to Win People Over, Develop New Prospects & Create Happy Customers, 2014
  • Importance of a Positive Outlook, 2014
  • Michael E. Gerber:  E-myth Creator & Founder, Entrepreneurial Guru & Visionary, 2014
  • How to Lead Like a Leader, 2014
  • The Importance of Knowing What You Don’t Know, 2014
  • What Exactly is a Franchise?, 2014
  • Importance of Identifying Your Passions BEFORE You Buy a Franchise, 2014
  • Know Your Personality Type Before You Buy a Franchise, 2014
  • The Importance of Understanding Your Own Unique Attributes, Desires, Passions & Skills BEFORE You Buy a Franchise, 2014
  • 4 Costly Mistakes That Can Easily Be Avoided When Buying a Franchise, 2014
  • Licensing v. Franchising, 2014
  • Your Franchise is Not a Business in a Box, 2014
  • Difference Between a Franchise Owner & Entrepreneur, 2014
  • William Shatner & Franchising:  More In Common Than You Might Think, 2014
  • Entrepreneur On Fire’s Kate Erickson: To Discuss Working With John Lee Dumas & Building a Brand From Scratch, 2013
  • How To Minimize Your Tax Liability, 2013
  • How To Effectively Market a Franchise Business, 2013
  • The Power of a Strong Community in Franchising, 2013
  • Joel Libava – The Franchise King® Is Here to Discuss How to Know if You Are Right For a Franchise!, 2013
  • How to Find the Right Franchise, 2013
  • Do You Wonder What it is Actually Like to Run a Franchise, 2013
  • Mistakes to Be Avoided When Buying a Franchise, 2013
  • The Importance of Leadership in Franchising, 2013
  • 14 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Re-Sell Franchise, 2013


  • Rainmaker Award
  • Recipient, President’s Award for Service to the Association, Indianapolis Bar Association (2019)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2018-2020
  • Franchise Legal Eagle by The Franchise Times, 2014 - 2020
  • Best Oralist and Best Team, Luther M. Swygert Moot Court Competition, 2004
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in the Indiana legal community in 2010, and 2014-2017
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star 2010, 2014-2017
  • Selected Participant, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law National Moot Court Competition, 2005
  • Dr. John Morton Finney, Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education

Educational Background

  • Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1998
  • Valparaiso University School of Law , 2006

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Indiana State Appellate Pro Bono Program, 2007
  • Indiana Innovation Initiative:  Selected by Indiana Supreme Court to participate in Indiana's inaugural innovation initiative specifically geared to helping and making recommendations to the Indiana Supreme Court on better ways to innovate and use technology to improve judicial access and the efficiencies are our statewide court system, 2019
  • Carmel Chamber of Commerce
  • College Mentors For Kids, Board Member, Executive Committee & Chairman of the Board (2015- Present)
  • Chairman of the Board for College Mentors for Kids
  • Indianapolis Bar Association: committee member

Representative Clients

  • Indianapolis Bar Association - Board of Directors Member and Vice President, 2018


  • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Member of Board of Directors, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Franchise & Entrepreneurs
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Office Location for Joshua F. Brown

One Indiana Square
Suite 3500
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2023

Phone: 317-733-7311

Fax: 317-713-3699

Last Updated: 11/17/2021

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