Susan E. Wells

“My goal is to facilitate the goals of my clients by understanding their business objectives and assisting them achieve those objectives with a level of risk that’s acceptable to them. I serve as a trusted advisor to my clients in connection with their business matters. Their best interests are my key focus. They value my direct, strategic, pragmatic advice that is designed to facilitate their business transactions and to help avoid litigation.”

Professional Experience

Susan represents franchisors in connection with structuring and operating their franchise systems, compliance with franchise laws and drafting and negotiating franchise agreements. Susan represented one of her franchisors from the time it began franchising until it had over 1,500 operational units and was acquired by a multi-brand franchise company. 

Susan represents franchisees in connection with their review and negotiation of franchise agreements, leases and loan agreements and in connection with disputes with their franchisors. 

Susan’s 35+ years of practice include mergers and acquisitions and securities at large law firms in Phoenix and New York City, as well as several years as a solo practitioner. That breadth of experience provides Susan the knowledge and experience necessary to assist clients with their complex transactions, while appreciating their entrepreneurial need for an attorney that offers practical advice in a cost-effective manner.

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Franchise Times Legal Eagle
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • Phoenix Magazine's "One of the Valley's Best Attorneys"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers of America
  • Named Best Law Firm in Franchise Law in Arizona
  • Named Best Lawyer in Franchise and Corporate Law

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Arizona State Bar Association


  • J.D. Brooklyn Law School, New York
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
    (Political Science – Comparative Politics)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • New York
  • New Jersey