Farheen Ibrahim

Partner, Attorney

Email FIbrahim@CanadaLewis.com

Phone (469) 664-0119

Farheen Ibrahim practices in the areas of corporate transactions, employment, and franchise law. She is recognized for her legal expertise as a Franchise Legal Eagle, and a Best Lawyer Under 40 in Dallas.

Farheen’s corporate practice includes advising new and established businesses on general business matters. She advises businesses in an outside general counsel capacity on a wide range of day-to-day matters, with an understanding of business priorities, issues, and risk management. She focuses on providing practical solutions that balance cost with desired outcomes. She drafts, negotiates, and advises on corporate contracts, such as licensing agreements, contract disputes, asset purchase agreements, terminations, service agreements, and technology-centered policies. She has advised entrepreneurs on specific issues centered around start-ups, trademark protection, as well as policies and procedures. 

Farheen’s franchise practice encompasses advising start-up and emerging franchisors on new concepts, advising established brands on growth and sustainability, as well as franchisee issues. She has experience drafting franchise disclosure documents (FDDs) for a wide range of franchise concepts, including restaurants, convenience store concepts, tutoring and early education, pet services, entertainment, renovation, and other service-industry concepts. She also advises those interested in purchasing a franchise by reviewing franchise disclosure documents and serves as a counselor through the franchise buying process, as well as assisting with new business matters. 

Farheen’s employment practice includes advising businesses on employment policies, employee dispute resolution, and contracts, such as employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and non-competition agreements. She has experience defending employers against the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, and Texas Workforce Commission on wage and hour and joint employer issues. She has also defended employers against employee claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has experience conducting employer-driver workplace investigations to identify and address potential issues. Farheen also routinely advises employees on a wide range of employment and independent contractor agreements, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.

About Farheen

Farheen’s approach to practicing law is to combine creativity with risk management. When information and technology move at hyperspeed, Farheen strives to provide legal solutions that are in line with contemporary issues, recognizing that these solutions must be adaptable and flexible.  

Farheen obtained her law degree from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Dean’s Scholarship. She was involved with International Law Review Association and Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, where she refined her legal skills. She also held legal externships and internships in both state and federal courts, as well as with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Rice University.

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Texas

U.S. Northern District of Texas

Practice Areas

Education

SMU Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor

Rice University, BA

Memberships & Committees

State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
– Franchise & Distribution Section – Chair (2020, 2017), Treasurer (2016)
– Employment Law Section
Dallas Asian American Bar Association

Honors

Franchise Times “Legal Eagle”
Published in Franchise Times, April 2020

“One of the Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas”
Peer Selected
Published in D Magazine, January 2020

“One of the Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas”
Peer Selected
Published in D Magazine, January 2018

Select Presentations & Publications

Just a Game? Adoption of Franchising in Esports, 39 Franchise L. J. 371 (Winter 2020).

Farheen Ibrahim and Laura Lewis, “Introduction to Franchising Law,” Defense Research Institute (November 15, 2019)
http://www.dri.org/docs/default-source/webdocs/newsletters/2019/customer_connection_volume_5_issue_2.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Farheen Ibrahim and Laura Lewis, “Defense Counsel’s Guide to DOL Investigations,” Defense Research Institute (2017)

Farheen Ibrahim and Amy Strauss, “Employment Update,” Franchise Law and Distribution Section (DBA), Panel Presentation (June 20, 2017)

Moderator, “Department of Labor’s Voluntary Agreements with Franchisors,” Franchise Law and Distribution Section (DBA) (October 18, 2016)

Farheen Ibrahim, et al., Live Webcast, “Franchising Law: Do You Know What You Are Doing?” The Knowledge Group (June 21, 2016); presented and authored section titled “Employment Concerns”

Farheen Ibrahim, et al., Live Webcast, “Joint Employer Liability: Best Practices to Mitigate Risks,” The Knowledge Group (January 12, 2016); authored “Joint Employer Liability: Evolution, Application, and Best Practices”