Joshua F. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Cohen Garelick & Glazier
 | 8888 Keystone Crossing Boulevard, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317-573-8888
Fax: 317-574-3855
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Franchise/Dealership (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (0%)
Attorney Profile

Franchise attorney Joshua F. Brown is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Josh F. Brown, LLC, located in Carmel, Indiana.

Focusing primarily on franchise law, Mr. Brown uses his extensive knowledge and experience to educate entrepreneurs and other business professionals throughout the country on all aspects of identifying, purchasing and managing franchise opportunities as well as representing their interests throughout all stages of the process. In addition, he also provides business startup representation for small business owners and ongoing counsel and support to help them succeed in today's ever-changing and dynamic market.

A 1998 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and business, Mr. Brown attended Valparaiso University Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2006. That same year, the Indiana State Bar Association admitted him to practice.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Brown gained invaluable experience in business formation, management, sales and operations, which provides him with a great amount of insight and knowledge regarding all areas of business law and commercial transactions. After receiving his license to practice law, he honed his legal skills at several other Indianapolis law firms, focusing on business and franchise law, before establishing his own private practice.

Regarded as an emerging leader in his field, Mr. Brown has received numerous awards and honors for his in-depth legal knowledge and impeccable professionalism. The Franchise Times Magazine voted him as a franchise legal eagle, and he also won the Dr. John Morton Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education from the Indianapolis Bar Association in 2010.

Heavily involved with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Mr. Brown currently serves on as a Vice-President, Executive Committee and Board Member. 

Committed to giving back to his community, he served as chairman of the board for College Mentors for Kids, a national nonprofit devoted to pairing college students with underprivileged youth  for three years and now is the Immediate Past Chairman on the Board of Directors. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Franchise/Dealership (80%)

Business Litigation (20%): Non-Compete Agreements

Business/Corporate (0%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

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


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016

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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 [email protected] 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 Brown

    Admitted: 2006, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected Participant, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law National Moot Court Competition, 2005
    • Best Oralist and Best Team, Luther M. Swygert Moot Court Competition, 2004
    • Dr. John Morton Finney, Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education
    • Super Lawyer, Rising Star 2010, 2014-2016
    • Franchise Legal Eagle by The Franchise Times, 2014 - 2017
    • Recognized as a Rising Star in the Indiana legal community in 2010, and 2014-2017
    • Rainmaker Award

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Indianapolis Bar Associaton - Chair of the Meeting of Members Section of the Membership Committee, 2010
    • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Appellate Practice CLE Committee, 2010
    • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Legislative Committee, 2010
    • Indiana State Bar Association:  Appellate Pracice Section, 2010
    • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Young Lawyers Division - Education Committee, 2009
    • Indianapolis Bar Association:  Young Lawyers Division - Bar Enhancement Committee, 2008
    • Sagamore American Inn of Court - Associate, 2007

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Indiana State Appellate Pro Bono Program, 2007
    • Indianapolis Bar Association: committee member
    • 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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Educational Background:

    • Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1998, 1994

    Industry Groups

    • Franchise & Entrepreneurs
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    Office Location for Joshua F. Brown

    8888 Keystone Crossing Boulevard
    Suite 800
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Phone: 317-573-8888

    Fax: 317-574-3855

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