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Gertsburg Law Firm Expands Practice with Franchise Law Attorney Chris Zirke

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August 01, 2018
The Gertsburg Law Firm is pleased to welcome attorney Chris Zirke to the firm.  Mr. Zirke’s practice is focused on franchise law, counseling and advising both franchisors and franchisees throughout their respective business cycles. He adds to the current practice areas serviced by the firm, including business transactions, litigation, real estate law, probate and estate planning, and employment law, among others.  
As a former business owner and franchisee, Chris guides franchisees through franchise selection, FDD review, pre-operations, operations and post-operation issues.  In addition, Chris’ practice focuses on making sure his clients understand their supply and indirect spend cubes.  Chris educates his clients on understanding their supplier agreements and emphasizes that the most effective supplier agreements are also used as business tools to maximize efficiency and drive profit.
Chris comes to the firm from Corporate United, Inc., one of nation’s largest private sector group purchasing organizations comprised of over 400 Fortune 1000 companies.  As the company’s Vice President and General Counsel, Chris oversaw all legal operations of Corporate United and drove efficiencies with the sales, account management, sourcing and human resource teams.  Prior to joining Corporate United, Chris led all RFx events for KeyBank’s Corporate Real Estate department and negotiated third-party sourcing contracts across multiple lines of business for the bank. In 2004, Chris formed Blue Falcon Franchise Group, LLC and served as the CEO and Managing Member for 10 years.  Under his leadership, the company owned and operated multiple Jimmy John’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Soccer Shots franchises.
Outside the practice of law, Chris is an avid Cleveland sports and Seinfeld fan.  He is a member of the board of directors for Options for Family & Youth and serves on the leadership team at Hope Community Church in Olmsted Falls.  Chris lives in Berea with his wife Heather, daughter Aurelia, and son Kip. He loves to travel with his family as much as possible.  In 2014, Chris and Heather received the Distinguished Visitor Award by the Aruba Tourism Authority.
Learn more about Mr. Zirke and the Gertsburg Law Firm at Contact him at by phone at (440) 571-7777 or by email at
About the Gertsburg Law Firm
The Gertsburg Law Firm is changing the character of the attorney-client relationship in business from a cost-center to a trusted advisor. Drawing from their complex litigation experiences as members of large law firms, in-house counsel and federal attorneys, the Gertsburg Law Firm’s award-winning attorneys provide clients the benefit of business lawyers with real life business experience in a wide variety of industries. This dynamic results in a comprehensive and innovative approach to business law that is proactive and consultative, ultimately saving clients money in fees and exposure before issues arise. Located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the Gertsburg team of lawyers and support staff leverages its knowledge, broad experience and steadfast dedication to both solving and avoiding clients’ business problems, and helping them actually grow their businesses in a way that no other law firm does.
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