A successful automobile dealership must manage a complex universe of relationships encompassing a wide array of business transactions. As a result of a highly competitive marketplace, owner/operators must innovate – extending the showroom into cyberspace, and designing new customer service and promotional models – while satisfying the exacting demands of manufacturers and state and federal regulatory agencies.

The attorneys in our multidisciplinary Automobile Dealership Practice Area have extensive knowledge and many years of experience assisting owners and managers in the day-to-day operations of their businesses, in addition to assisting with special projects such as mergers, acquisitions, litigation, and regulatory actions.

HSE has represented dealerships in all phases of their development, from new ventures to well-established businesses with multiple locations. Practice members work closely with the firm’s environmental, litigation, labor, intellectual property, real estate and ERISA lawyers, as well as the dealerships’ accountants, bankers, insurance agents, and other service providers, to deliver exemplary client service. 

Our Clients

  • Automobile Dealerships (selling and servicing cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles)
  • Automobile Auctions

Our Experience

Regulatory Issues. We handle the needs of dealerships throughout upstate and western New York, handling matters relating to all facets of regulatory compliance, including advertising, environmental law, unfair trade and deceptive practices, antitrust law, and trade regulations.

Dealership Operations. Our attorneys are well versed in assisting dealerships with matters unique to their industry, including state and federal motor vehicle statutes, dealer licensing, financing and floor plans, consumer complaints (Lemon Law), manufacturer relations and negotiations, and franchise termination.


This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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