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Nicole Liguori Micklich

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Westerly, RI

Urso, Liguori & Micklich, P.C.
85 Beach St, Bldg C
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-443-9717
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018, 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016
Licensed in Rhode Island Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Franchise/Dealership, Construction Litigation: Business, Land Use/Zoning
Attorney Profile

Nicole Liguori Micklich is partner with Urso, Liguori & Micklich, P.C., in Rhode Island.  Ms. Micklich has extensive experience advising franchisees, area developers, and development agents in all aspects of their businesses and in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.  She also advises franchisors regarding area representative and area developer agreements and relationships and in litigation.  Ms. Micklich handles matters involving fraud and misrepresentation, breaches of contract, and statutory violations.  

Ms. Micklich also represents general contractors, subcontractors, and owners in her construction practice and routinely advises clients regarding contracts and corporate plans and policies.  She provides guidance regarding public and private contracts and regulatory matters.  Ms. Micklich drafts and negotiates construction contracts, coordinates with experts, and, when necessary, handles complex litigation and work-outs.

Ms. Micklich is a frequent author and presenter on franchise law and other topics.  She is a co-author of Annual Developments in Franchise and Distribution Law, 2021, published by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, and co-presented Annual Developments at the 2021 Forum on Franchising Annual Meeting.

She enjoys a Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentRating and has been named a Legal Eagle by Franchise Times magazine since 2019.  



Practice Areas
  • 60%Franchise/Dealership
  • 30%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10%Land Use/Zoning
Focus Areas

Construction Defects


5 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018, 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016

About Nicole Liguori Micklich

First Admitted: 2003, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Board of Directors, Ocean Community YMCA
  • St. John School, Old Saybrook, CT, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Women's Caucus Officer
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut 
  • Connecticut
  • State Courts of Rhode Island
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Governing Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, Franchise Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Publications Committe Member
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Professors Committee Member, 2017
  • Past Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Franchise, Distribution and Dealer Law Section
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Nominating Committee Member, 2015


  • Super Lawyer, Franchise/Distribution, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, Super Lawyers
  • New England Rising Stars list, 2010 through 2016
  • From Franchise Times Magazine: "This list of star legal professionals in the franchise industry is built with nominations and recommendations from clients, peers and other legal professionals.", Legal Eagle, Franchise Times
  • This award recognizes young and/or diverse Forum members who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to the Forum by undertaking significant leadership efforts, such as mentoring other Forum members or law students interested in pursuing careers in franchise law; working on membership marketing or other outreach efforts; assistance with special projects undertaken by the Forum Governing Committee or a Forum Division; or assisting with the Forum's annual meeting., Future Leader Award, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2017
  • New Leaders of the Law Impact Award, The Connecticut Law Tribune, 2005

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Majors in Classics and Philosophy, The University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences, 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • This book offers an overview of franchise cases and developments over the reporting year and the presentation provides a thoughtful, comprehensive, and interesting review of the year’s key judicial and legislative developments affecting franchising and distribution.  , Co-author and co-presenter, Annual Developments in Franchise and Distribution Law, 2021, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2021
  • Businesses rarely face the kind of continuously changing and quickly accelerating disruption and uncertainty that COVID-19 is creating around the world. Join this respected group of panelists as they discuss impacts on both franchise systems and franchisees around the world and explore strategies to address risks., Panelist, Franchising Going Viral – Managing Coronavirus-driven Disruption in Contracts, Supply Chains, and More, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2020
  • The AAA® has implemented a number of tools to assist parties in more effectively managing their franchise arbitration cases. These enhancements include:   -  Access to the entire AAA panel on appropriate cases  -  ClauseBuilder® Tool to help you customize your clauses to meet your needs  -  Tracking of statistical trends in the industry Please this presentation is designed to help you take advantage of all the benefits of arbitrating franchise disputes. TOPICS DISCUSSED:   -  Who drafts the clause?  -  Choosing arbitrators that meet your needs.  -  When to file detailed pleadings.  -  Common discovery issues.  -  Carve outs for injunctive relief.  -  Non signatory issues.  -  Class action and joinder waivers.  -  Motion practice., Panelist, Practical Tips in Franchise Arbitration: With Speed, Fairness and Cost in Mind, American Arbitration Association, 2020
  • Franchisors face difficult questions about whether to amend their FDD to address the impact of COVID-19 on their financial performance representations (FPR).  NASAA recently issued guidance on this issue.  How do franchisors use this guidance to ensure that they continue to have a “reasonable basis” in support if its FPR?  What other state laws must franchisors consider in making this evaluation?  There will be a period where this issue will continue to impact franchisors even after the pandemic.  During this session, the panelists will provide guidance on how to assess whether its FPR has reasonable basis and how to make modifications to its FPR as the pandemic unfolds., Panelist, Re-Examining FPRs During and After the Pandemic, International Franchise Association, 2020
  • Changes in the face of franchising portend new challenges and opportunities in the representationof franchisees in the coming decade. The ubiquity of private equity ownership, turnmoil associatedwith joint employment issues, the proliferation of franchisee associations, and important judicialdecisions make this program a must for lawyers representing or interested in representingfranchisees. This intensive program is open to all franchise lawyers and will focus on a wide rangeof topics including: representing prospective franchisees, including development agreements andwhat may or may not be negotiable; the most significant franchise cases since 2000; the evolutionof franchise agreement terms and provisions; the status of good faith and fair dealing and businessjudgment provisions in franchising; the impact on franchisees of developments in jointemployment, vicarious liability and misclassification; the limits ofreserved franchisor discretion;disputes regarding termination and renewal; the development of the use of sanctions fornoncompliance; representing multi-unit franchisees; financial performance representations;franchisee associations: how to form them, what name to use, creating an agenda, managing therelationship with or dealing with conflict with the franchisor, standing of associations in litigation,and statutory protections for and the consequences of retaliation or harassment of franchiseeassociation members or leaders; the consequences of the form of the franchisor's ownership to theparties' relationship, including private equity and publicly owned companies; supply chaindisclosures, buying cooperatives and contracts; collateral issues that often arise in franchisesystems, including those relating to privacy and ADA; and insurance and indemnification., Speaker, A Sharper Focus on the Shifting Realities for Franchisees in the 2020s, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2020
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Panelist, Structuring the New Franchise Evaluation and Approval Process, 2019
  • Construction Law Update, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Update 2014, 2008, 2006
  • Can’t Give It Away: Statutory Prohibitions That Protect Franchisees from Releasing Too Much, Franchise Law Journal, Winter 2010, co-authored with Michael Pepe.
  • The Continuing Evolution of Franchise Valuation: Expanding Traditional Methods, Franchise Law Journal, Spring 2013, Co-authored with Michael Lynch and Ingrid Festin
  • Representing the Franchisee, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Transfers of Franchises: Disputes Arising From Assignments, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2013
  • Litigating on a Shoestring, Solo & Small Firm Breakfast, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2016
  • So … You May Want to Teach Franchise Law: A Webinar for Anyone Who Has Considered Teaching Franchise Law, (Moderator), American Bar Association Webinar, 2017
  • International Franchise Association, Legal Symposium, Panelist, Basics Track: Handling Defaults and Terminations, 2018
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Speaker, As My Franchisor Lay Dying: Franchisee and Franchisor Options in a Struggling System, 2017
  • ABA Webinar, Panelist, If You’re Not Worried About Your Arbitration Clause, You’re Not Paying Attention: Lessons Learned from Recent Case Law, Webinar, 2016
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Speaker, Who Owns the Goodwill in a Franchise?, 2015
  • Professional Franchises: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same, Franchise Law Journal , Co-Author, Professional Franchises: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same, 2019
  • Strange Weather: California's Amended Franchise Relations Act, AB 525, Franchise Law Journal, a publication of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Spring 2016.  This article presents an initial analysis of California's Amended Franchise Relations Act, AB 525, and offers opinion and analysis of four main elements of the new law in a point/counter-point format., Co-Author, Strange Weather: California's Amended Franchise Relations Act, AB 525, 2016
  • Who Owns the Goodwill in Franchise Relationships?, The Franchise Lawyer, Spring, 2015., Author, Who Owns the Goodwill in Franchise Relationships?, 2015
  • "Transfers of Franchises: Disputes Arising From Assignments" ABA Forum on Franchising Annual Forum, Orlando, FL, , Speaker, 2013
  • Authored, Providing Keys to the Courthouse Without Giving Up Full Recovery, published in the Winter 2006, Vol.15 No. 2 edition of Construct!, a publication of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee., Providing Keys to the Courthouse Without Giving Up Full Recovery
  • Presented as part of a three-member panel during the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry annual meeting on May 18, 2006 in San Diego, California. The topic of the presentation was Material Price Escalation Clauses. An article excerpted by the presenters for publication was published in the Summer 2006 edition of Construct!, a publication of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee, Volume 15, No. 4., Panelist, Material Price Escalation Clauses, ABA Forum On The Construction Industry
  • Can't Give It Away: Statutory Prohibitions That Protect Franchisees From Releases, Franchise Law Journal (2011).  This article examines problems that face franchisors when they seek to include language in the franchise agreement that bargains around statutory protections and prohibitions of releases.  The article also features an exhaustive state-by-state survey of statutory provisions concerning releases in franchise and dealership acts. Co-authored with Michael V. Pepe, Esq.,

Representative Clients

  • Advise franchisor regarding its agreements and relationships with Area Developers, 2021
  • Represent home owners with respect to contracts for new home construction and in connection with design and construction defects, delays, and other disputes
  • Represent a RI Condominium Association in connection with formation, transition, and related issues
  • Represent Rhode Island home owners and land owners in connection with building and development rights and contracts and also in construction defect claims


  • Settled arbitration between development agent and franchisor in which development agent alleged fraud, misrepresentations, deceptive trade practices, and breaches of contract., 2021
  • Successfully settled claims on behalf of multi-unit franchisees in mediation with franchisor in which the parties alleged wrongdoing and numerous defaults against one another., 2021
  • Successfully settled a case on behalf of a development agent whose claims included allegations of breach of contract, fraud, various torts, and violations of state and federal laws., 2020
  • Advised a multi-unit quick service restaurant franchisee on its successful exit from its franchise system, including the termination of franchise and multi-unit development agreements and resolution of leasing and other issues, 2020
  • Represented franchisee and favorably settled matter involving termination and claims for royalty payments, 2020
  • Represented franchisees with multiple claims against franchisor including breach of conract and fraud, where franchisor asserted counter-claims, and favorably resolved the disputes between the parties. , 2019
  • Favorably settled claims of franchisee against franchisor and certain officers, including claims for breach of contract, violations of state law, negligence, and fraud., 2019
  • Represented multi-unit franchisees and favorably settled disputes regarding royalties and advertising fund contributions, 2019
  • The Palisades a Fort Lee Condominium Association, Inc. v. 100 Old Palisade, LLC, Docket No. A-4292-13T3 (N.J. App. Div. 2016) cert. granted Aug. 5, 2016 (reversing summary judgment in favor of contractors and remanding).  , 2016


  • Represent multi-unit franchisee in sale of franchises back to franchisor and assignment of leases and related agreements, 2020
  • Represent commercial landlord including prepare new leases for new tenants
  • Represented land owners in securing solar supply and installation agreements, 2019

Industry Groups

  • ABA Forum On Franchising
  • ABA Forum On The Construction Industry
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Office Location for Nicole Liguori Micklich

85 Beach St
Bldg C
Westerly, RI 02891

Phone: 401-443-9717

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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