AURORA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Gertsburg Law Firm Expands Practice with Franchise Law Attorney Chris Zirke

The Gertsburg Law Firm is pleased to welcome attorney Chris Zirke to the firm.


Aurora Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Aug. 1.

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 www.gertsburglaw.com. Contact him at by phone at (440) 571-7777 or by email at cz@gertsburglaw.com.

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Source: Aurora Chamber of Commerce

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