Rob Lauer



Education and Clerkships

J.D., St. Mary's University, 1997, cum laude; Who's Who: American Law Students (17th ed.); Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Torts, 1994-1995; Outstanding Staff Writer Award, St. Mary's Law Journal (1995-1996)

B.A., Trinity University, 1994

  • Briefing Attorney, Justice Terrie Livingston, Second Court of Appeals, State of Texas;
  • Intern, The Honorable Edward Prado, United States District Court


Texas, 1997


Rob Lauer is a franchise attorney who devotes 100 percent of his practice to domestic and international franchise matters. Rob also concurrently serves as the Administrative Partner for Haynes and Boone’s Austin office, and is extremely active on the ABA’s Forum on Franchising as an editor, writer and speaker at Forum events.

Rob focuses on franchise transactional matters, and is recognized in both Chambers USA 2012-2016 and Chambers Global 2011-2016, published by Chambers and Partners, for experience in both domestic and international franchising. Rob helps both large and small/startup franchisors structure domestic and international franchise offerings, comply with domestic and international franchise disclosure and registration requirements, negotiate franchise and related agreements around the world, analyze and help resolve pre-litigation franchise disputes, structure supply chain programs and prepare and negotiate supplier and vendor agreements for franchise systems and perform and defend due diligence reviews involving mergers and acquisitions of franchise companies. Rob has a particular focus on restaurant and hospitality franchising. In fact, before Haynes and Boone, Rob was the in-house franchise and litigation attorney for a large public restaurant franchisor and operator.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017


Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • ABA Forum on Franchising International Division Steering Committee (3-year term ending August 2011)
  • Co-Creator, Austin/Central Texas Franchise Business Network, March 2007
  • Co-Creator, Haynes and Boone, LLP Restaurant School Program, Fall 2007
  • Presenter, Online Presentation, Ten Minute Mentor video tutorial entitled "What Every Texas Attorney Should Know About Franchise Law,” Texas Bar CLE/Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Former Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair and Council Member, Franchise & Distribution Section, Dallas Bar Association


Chambers USA | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone Retains Strong Showing in Chambers USA 2016 Rankings

Haynes and Boone, LLP has again been honored in the annual Chambers USA 2016 directory. The widely-respected legal publication singled out 19 firm practice groups and 51 individual lawyers for recognition.

Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd., 2016
  • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, Franchising (Nationwide), Up and Coming, 2012-2016
  • Chambers Global, Chambers & Partners, Global Franchising; Band 3, 2011; Band 4, 2012; Band 3, 2013-2016
  • International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Law Business Research, 2010-2015
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Franchise Law, 2008-2017
  • Co-Receipt, Purveyor of the Year Award, Outback Steakhouse International, LP, 2007
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2008-2012

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