Perry J. McGuire is a Partner in the Corporate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Mr. McGuire has a general corporate law practice with an emphasis on franchise, M&A and governmental affairs. His in-house experience has given him a broad base of experience on which to draw to assist clients in many areas of their business. Mr. McGuire has successfully counseled businesses at every level of the business cycle, including start-up, distribution agreements, supply agreements, tolling agreements, intellectual property licensing, and merger/divestiture. He has helped companies navigate through local, state, and federal government laws and regulations, and has successfully helped in changing, crafting and passing new laws in many different areas. He has assisted new franchisors starting their business and has assisted mature franchise systems evolve their legal infrastructure to continue to grow their system. Mr. McGuire has counseled clients in the area of film production in Georgia.
Mr. McGuire’s experience as a long-term in-house practitioner gave him the opportunity to touch every area of a business. He has also managed a variety of commercial litigation matters for clients. He has negotiated very complex business contracts, as well as handled very sensitive employment issues. Mr. McGuire’s governmental experience helps clients cut through the red tape of governmental bureaucracy. He is a registered lobbyist.
Mr. McGuire is a member of the Southeast Franchise Forum (Membership committee), the Georgia Restaurant Association (Board member), the International Franchise Association (Legal/Legislative Committee), the Association for Corporate Growth (Governmental Affairs Committee), and the National Restaurant Association. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Franchise and Distribution Law Section for the State Bar of Georgia.
Mr. McGuire is the author of Nice, But Not Naive and Other Lessons That I Learned From Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy (2018).
Mr. McGuire was previously a corporate attorney for Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta. He is a former state Senator and was the 2006 Republican nominee for Attorney General of Georgia. Mr. McGuire has served on the State Board of Juvenile Justice and as a member of the Republican State Committee. He is a member of the Georgia Republican Foundation and the Federalist Society.
Mr. McGuire received his B.B.A. in Finance at Valdosta State University in 1981, where he was President of the Student Government Association, Chairman of the Student Advisory Council to the Georgia Board of Regents, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He received his J.D. degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1988, where he served on the Moot Court Board.
Perry is married to Lauren, who is a Chick-fil-A franchisee, and they have four children. Perry serves on the Atlanta Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Emory’s Winship Cancer Center. Mr. McGuire is a member of the CEO Netweavers, where he serves as a mentor for Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University EMBA Students and helps early stage companies as part of CEON’s Inflection Point Panel. He has also served on the boards of the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club and the Inner Harbour Childrens Hospital. He has also served on the Eastlake Foundation 691 Club.
American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
State Bar of Georgia, Founding Chairman, Franchise and Distribution Law Section
Southeast Franchise Forum (Membership Committee)
International Franchise Association (Legal/Legislative Committee)
Association for Corporate Growth (Governmental Affairs Committee)
Georgia Restaurant Association (Board Member)
National Restaurant Association
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education
Presenter, How to Buy Your Competitor.
Moderator, IFA Legal Symposium: Structuring a Franchise Network, May 4, 2015.
Presenter, State Bar of Georgia CLE: Tips and Challenges When Drafting Ancillary Agreements and Vendor Agreements for Franchise System, February 25, 2015.
Presenter, IFA Legal Symposium: Franchise Disclosure and Registration, May 5, 2014.
Presenter, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia: Nuts and Bolts of Business Law Seminar, “Franchise Minefield: Structuring a Business to Avoid Being a Franchise,” February 9, 2012.