Phone (469) 664-0120
Laura Canada Lewis focuses her practice on serving businesses with a full spectrum of legal services. Her focus includes corporate & commercial law, real estate & construction law, and franchise law, with litigation support for each of these areas. She is nationally recognized for her legal expertise as a Franchise Legal Eagle, Super Lawyer Rising Star, and a Best Lawyer in Dallas.
Laura, and her firm, provide corporate and commercial clients with a personalized level of service often lacking in today’s legal organizations. She takes the time to understand her client’s aspirations, their goals, their dreams, and then crafts innovative legal solutions for every aspect of their business. Each business starts with a plan, leading to a series of legal questions, initially focused around legal entities and organizational structure then expanding into contractual agreements and occasionally legal disputes. Laura is there every step of the way, facilitating negotiations, creating contractual documentation, resolving conflicts, and serving her clients as a legal expert and trusted business advisor.
With an extensive background in real estate and construction, Laura is uniquely qualified to support land and real estate developers in the acquisition, sale, exchange, and development of all types of commercial real estate, as well as business owners expanding into leased or owned facilities. Services provided range from lease reviews and real estate purchase agreements to land use and entitlement changes, to large scale project management support; collaborating with City governments, architects, engineers and contractors to create facility solutions for her clients.
Laura has assembled a highly competent and publicly awarded team in support of the firm’s franchise and franchisee clients. Her franchise law practice supports current and prospective franchisors in every aspect of franchising, with services including general business advice and legal support, franchise disclosure documentation (FDD) & registrations, regulatory compliance, franchisee management and covenant enforcement. Business support for franchisees is provided in the same structure as other small business clients, with additional legal expertise provided as only an expert in Franchise Law can provide.
As a litigator, Laura has had significant success representing her clients within the court and arbitrations systems. She has represented clients with claims ranging from breach of contract to land title disputes, with awards well in excess of a million dollars. Success in court is not always the best option for clients, given the financial cost, lengthy litigation timeframes, and ultimate risks. As such, Laura takes pride in her ability to negotiate creative, pre-litigation solutions for her clients, resolving issues before they become emotional and volatile events.
Law is a second career for Laura Canada Lewis, following a highly successful career in construction and real estate where she built and divested several companies. With first-hand experience as a business owner, an exceptional legal education, and her legal experience supporting businesses as a lawyer, Laura has become a well-rounded and highly desired legal advisor. Laura has walked in her client’s shoes and understands their challenges, concerns, and needs as a business owner.
Laura’s legal experience, prior to forming Canada Lewis & Associates PLLC, includes a law degree from Southern Methodist University (with honors), legal internships in both State and Federal courts, work within the Office of General Counsel for a franchisor of multiple restaurant concepts, and as a partner within a mid-sized Texas law firm.
Supreme Court of Texas
U.S. Northern District of Texas
U.S. Eastern District of Texas