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Joseph J. Gottlieb


As a founding partner of Shires Peake & Gottlieb, LLC, Joe Gottlieb brings over 38 years of legal experience to the firm.  Joe’s practice is centered on franchise and small business transactions.  The depth of knowledge that he contributes to client matters completes the wide range of legal services offered by the firm to both businesses and individuals.  He is regarded by his peers as a team-oriented attorney who has an aptitude for finding cost-effective solutions to legal problems faced by his clients.

Joe’s franchise law practice serves both early stage and national franchisors, as well as prospective and established franchisees, providing the preparation and registration of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), advice and consultation on structure and expansion strategies for franchisors as well as the review and negotiation of franchise agreements for prospective franchisees.  Joe provides services to small businesses and their owners in entity selection and formation, agreements between owners as well as purchase and sales of businesses.  Joe serves as outside “general counsel” to many of his business clients.

Joe grew up in New York and graduated from SUNY Binghamton with honors in 1976 and obtained his law degree from St. Louis University in 1980 where he was a member of the St. Louis University Law Journal. He has practiced law in the Atlanta Georgia area since 1980.  Joe, his wife Sherry and their assorted dogs and cats live on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia.