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




Rob Lauer is a franchise lawyer 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 co-head of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group. Rob is extremely active on the ABA’s Forum on Franchising as an editor, writer and speaker at forum events, and is currently serving on the Forum’s Governing Committee through 2022. Rob also currently serves as a Committee Member on the IBA’s International Franchising Committee through 2019.

Rob focuses on franchise transactional matters, and is recognized in both Chambers USA (2012 to 2021) and Chambers Global (2011 to 2021) published by Chambers and Partners as well as The Best Lawyers in America (2008 to 2021), for his 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.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Annotated Franchise Agreement,” co-author, American Bar Association Book Publishing, 2018.
  • "Fundamentals of Franchising – Europe," co-author, American Bar Association Book Publishing, 2017.
  • "What Every Texas Attorney Should Know About Franchise Law,” presenter, Ten Minute Mentor video tutorial, Texas Bar CLE/Texas Young Lawyers Association.


Chambers USA 2020

Chambers USA Recognizes 58 Haynes and Boone Lawyers

58 Haynes and Boone lawyers spanning 17 practice areas are featured in the 2020 edition of the Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Franchise Law, 2008-2021
  • Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Franchising (Nationwide), Up and Coming, 2012-2014; Band 4, 2015-2021
  • Chambers Global, Chambers and Partners, Global Franchising; Band 3, 2011; Band 4, 2012; Band 3, 2013-2021
  • Recognized as a Legal Eagle (top franchise lawyers), Franchise Times, Franchise Times Corp., 2019
  • Recognized in Latin Lawyer 250, Law Business Research Ltd., 2016
  • International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Law Business Research, 2010-2015, 2019-2020
  • 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


Chambers Global

2019 Chambers Global Directory Highlights Seven Haynes and Boone Lawyers, Four Practices

The 2019 edition of the Chambers Global legal directory recognized seven Haynes and Boone lawyers across four practice areas as leading providers of legal services in the international marketplace.

Published by Chambers and Partners - February 2019

Professional and Community Activities

  • Committee Member, IBA International Franchising Committee, 2017-2018
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Member At-Large of the Governing Committee for three year term commencing August 2019 (formalized October 2018)
  • 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
  • Former Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair and Council Member, Franchise & Distribution Section, Dallas Bar Association

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