Josh Brown is a franchise attorney and founder of The Law Office of Josh F. Brown. Although based in Indiana, he has built a thriving national practice helping people make smart franchise decisions. Josh works with new and emerging franchisors to help them work through their legal challenges and grow through the franchise model. Additionally, he helps entrepreneurs identify and pursue good franchise opportunities. Finally, when a franchise relationship breaks down, Josh helps his clients work toward an amicable resolution.
Before becoming an attorney, Josh worked in business management, sales, marketing, and operations for several businesses, including two franchise systems. He combines his business background, entrepreneurial skills, and legal experience to help entrepreneurs in all aspects of their business growth with a focus on franchising.
Like you, he is an entrepreneur actively pursuing his business dreams. He understands the stress of starting, managing, and growing a small business while balancing family life and all other important aspects of life. Building a franchise, starting a franchise, or launching your very own business is the start of a marathon, not a sprint. Your chances of success dramatically increase when you work with like-minded, knowledgeable and trustworthy individuals to help advise you along the way.
In his spare time, he blogs, writes articles and white papers, and is the proud creator and host of Franchise Euphoria, a top-rated podcast that sheds light on the evolving world of business franchising. He regularly presents on topics relating to franchising and growing a niche law practice.
Additionally, Josh makes a point to stay active in the legal community. He is the 2018 Vice President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, in addition to his existing roles as Executive & Governance Committee Board Member and Co-Chair of the Communication & Revenue Generating Committee. He is the 2018 Immediate Past-Chairman of the Board for College Mentors for Kids but remains active as a member on their Executive Committee and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. Josh has also been recognized as a Franchise Legal Eagle by The Franchise Times for the past five years and has been named a Rising Star and Indiana Super Lawyer for numerous years.
When not working, Josh enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing golf. For a more detailed account of Josh’s background and experiences, CLICK HERE.
Stephanie Maris is a practicing franchise and business attorney who is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams. Stephanie is well-versed in franchise matters and loves working with clients to help them determine which growth strategies best suit their business.
Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, Stephanie attended Purdue University where she attained her bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science. After graduating from Purdue, Stephanie went on to law school at Valparaiso University where she was an intern at the Valparaiso Sports Law Clinic, among other things.
When Stephanie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her devoted husband, Brandon, and daughter, Kaylin. Stephanie anxiously awaits the arrival of March Madness each spring and proudly supports her local teams, the Colts, Pacers, and Purdue Boilermakers. Although she is adjusting to life as a new mom, she remains firm on keeping her tradition of Friday night movie dates alive with her husband, during which she enjoys catching up on the latest flicks or rewatching the Harry Potter series, a timeless classic that she feels teaches the value of friendship, perseverance, and the power of unconditional love.
Jordan Lesmeister is the in-house digital marketing manager and executive assistant. She specializes in marketing campaigns, social media management, and digital design with a special appreciation for quality organization in all realms of work. Although a native of Franklin, Indiana, she recently graduated from the University of Kentucky where she majored in English Literature and the Spanish Language. While in school, she worked for five semesters as a marketing intern at the University Press of Kentucky, a local book publisher for scholarly works. She strives for authenticity as well as practicality in her work, making sure that everything produced is useful, relevant, and attention-getting.
In her spare time, Jordan loves to read, having grown up on the Harry Potter novels which she credits with shaping her into the person she is today. She is passionate about traveling the world where she loves trying new and authentic foods and learning about the unique cultures this world has to offer. She currently resides in Fishers, Indiana with her husband Craig and two pets, Bear (dog) and Bing (cat).
Al Brown is the office JOAT (Jack of All Trades) for the team at Law Office of Josh F Brown. Al is a licensed insurance agent, accountant, and attorney and uses his background and experience in these areas to assist franchise clients with setting up best practices from the outset. Some people would characterize Al as a “boomerpreneur”: born between 1946-1964 and possessing a strong desire to remain active in business/professional pursuits. Boomer or not, his entrepreneurial spirit is what makes him such a valuable member to our team.
For many years he was engaged in the practice of law and then traveled a different path as an independent insurance agent. He remains engaged as an agent, licensed in the areas of property; casualty; life and health; and is affiliated with a full-service independent insurance agency that has offered professional insurance services for more than 25 years. Additionally, he has been involved in several businesses during the past 35+ years including as a franchisee with multiple retail locations. Al believes he has learned much from his successes and failures and offers a valuable service to those contemplating whatever may be their pursuits.
When not in the office, Al enjoys reading novels surrounding the themes of espionage and military science, favoring the works of many authors including Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. Additionally, he spends as much time as possible with his beloved bride of 47 years, Beverly, and their children and grandchildren.