Laura focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and real estate law, as well as, construction, franchising, regulatory compliance, and commercial litigation. Laura’s first career, as a successful entrepreneur who built and divested businesses in residential real estate and construction, lends her a true understanding of the challenges and rewards of business ownership. Combining that experience with her skills as a lawyer, she provides commercial clients with legal representation that actively seeks reasonable, cost-effective solutions where possible, but is prepared to litigate when necessary.
The following is a representative sample of her recent litigation accomplishments:
Beyond litigation, Laura has negotiated and contracted for the purchase and sale of several multi-million-dollar business ventures. She also has handled numerous other transactions where she drafted and negotiated contracts relating to supply and distribution, sale and purchase of assets, construction, and development. She has reviewed and negotiated real property purchases, leases, sales, and has also worked with economic development boards for concessions and incentives related to land development. Additionally, Laura has developed experience navigating the regulations affecting her clients like labor/employment issues, safety regulations, and even cyber-security. She has helped her clients develop policies designed to reduce liability and risk exposure, both administratively and in the field.
Before joining Mullin Law, PC, Laura worked in the Office of General Counsel for a franchisor and owner of multiple restaurant concepts located throughout the U.S., Canada, and France. She developed experience navigating the heavily regulated industries of franchising, as well as, FDA and FTC compliance. In supporting the operations, real estate, and construction departments, Laura drafted and aggressively negotiated favorable contract terms and developed policies to reduce liability and risk exposure in the field. Her focus there was litigation, construction, franchising, commercial contracts, trademark infringement, regulatory compliance, and due diligence support.
Laura graduated Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law where she achieved Master level in the advocacy program by competing and winning at the regional and national levels. She served as Chief Counsel of the Child Advocacy Clinic, representing minor children in State Court; was appointed National Student Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Real Estate Section; and interned for both Texas District and U.S. District Courts.
Select Presentations and Publications
“Answers to Five Questions your Client May Ask You When One of Their Franchisees File for Bankruptcy Protection.” Jim Rea, Cheryl Mullin, and Laura Canada Lewis. DBA Headnotes, July 2018.
“Addressing the Rights of Unrecorded Rights of First Refusal, Options, and Leases in Title Conveyances.” Laura Canada Lewis and Cheryl Mullin. Nation Business Institute, November 2017.
“Top 8 Title Defects – Cured.” Live Presentation at NBI Title Education Conference, Dallas, Texas on November 2, 2017.
“Defense Counsel’s Guide to DOL Investigations.” Laura Canada Lewis and Farheen Ibrahim. DRI Retail & Hospitality News, October 2017.
“Protect Your Brand.” Live presentation at the Texas Restaurant Association – Tool Box Talk, Dallas, Texas in March 2017.
“Pick Your Poison: Drafting Strong Arbitration or Litigation Clauses,” Texas General Counsel Association, In-House Counsel Educational Forum (September 2016)
“Practical Strategies for Developing a Cyber Incident Plan.” Business Law Journal; publication (August 2016)
“Franchising Law: Do You Know What You Are Doing?” presented and published by The Knowledge Group as a Live Webcast and white paper (June 21, 2016)
“Building a Data Breach Response Plan: Practical Solutions You Can Implement Today,” Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section (January 2016)
“PCI Compliance, Cyber Security and Incident Response Planning,” Texas In-House Counsel Summit (May 2015)
Memberships and Committees
American Bar Association (ABA) – Business Law, Real Estate, Construction, Technology, Franchise, and Litigation Sections
Texas Bar Association – Real Estate, Construction, Native American Law, and Litigation Sections
Dallas Bar Association (DBA) – Business Law, Construction, Real Estate, and Franchise Sections
Collin County Bar Association
CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women)
Texas Construction Association
Henderson Inn of Court
Bar Admissions and Licenses
Supreme Court of Texas
U.S. Northern District of Texas