Jane Fergason

Partner

Overview

Jane Fergason focuses her corporate law practice on helping companies in the United States and abroad with comprehensive business needs, such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of companies, franchise, direct sales, distribution, retail, sweepstakes and advertising. She works with well-established global organizations and startups. Jane is praised by clients for being a good listener and knowing how to make the transactions successful. She has earned a national reputation for litigation involving direct sales.

Her client work frequently includes:

  • Structuring and documenting direct selling, franchise and distribution programs, including agreements and collateral documents.
  • Advising companies on structuring direct selling, franchise and distribution relationships that comply with or avoid regulation under state or federal franchise disclosure, business opportunity or other dealer laws.
  • Advising clients on special industry laws regarding the sale and distribution of motor vehicles, liquor, beer and wine, farm and heavy equipment, and motor fuels.
  • Preparing disclosure documents, and state registration of franchise offers and counseling on compliance with all elements of federal and state disclosure regulations and franchisee recruitment.
  • Structuring advertising and marketing programs and materials in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Addressing franchisor / franchisee, independent contractor and supplier / distributor relationships and related issues.
  • Advising on sweepstakes advertising and promotions.
  • Drafting manufacturing agreements.
  • Advising on tax issues related to direct selling.

Jane is a popular speaker and writer on direct sales issues and trends. She is also an active leader in the Firm's Dallas office, chairing Foley Gardere's Women's Council and co-chairing the Foley Gardere Alumni Relations Team.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Lawyers Council and Governmental Relations Council, Direct Sales Association (Washington, D.C.)
  • Co-Founder, Working Late

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Big Thought
  • Member, The Dallas Assembly
  • Board Member, The Elisa Project
  • Graduate, Dallas Regional Chamber, Leadership Dallas
  • Graduate, Leadership Arts Institute, Business Council for the Arts

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Corporate Law (2018)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2015, 2017)
    • Franchise Law
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (1981), cum laude
  • B.A., Baylor University (1979), summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas (1982)