Christina M. Noyes
Christina M. Noyes
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Commercial Law
Intellectual Property

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Christina M. Noyes
Christina M. Noyes focuses her practice on franchise, corporate, and intellectual property law. Her practice includes drafting agreements and analysis of franchise and business opportunity laws, preparation and review of franchising agreements, offering circulars and registrations, as well as handling trademark registrations and renewals. She represents franchisees and franchisors, and she has been listed in the Franchise Law category of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2009. She was named by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year for Arizona.

Christina's practice also includes representing business clients with respect to formation contracts with venders and customers, mergers and acquisitions, and relationships with owners.

Before joining Gust Rosenfeld, Christina was a certified public accountant and employed by one of the Big Six accounting firms in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Miami University (B.A., cum laude, Accounting, 1990)
Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996, Order of the Coif; managing editor, Arizona State University Law Journal)

Arizona, 1996

American Bar Association Forum on Franchising (Women’s Caucus)
Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association (leadership)
State Bar of Arizona (member, Business Law Section; member, Business Law Executive Counsel)
Maricopa County Bar Association

Co-Author, "FTC Rule," Franchise Deskbook (3rd Ed.) published by the American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2019
Co-Author and Speaker, “W-18: Mergers & Acquisitions - the Basics for Buying and Selling the System,” American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2017
Author and Speaker, "Copyrights: Not as Much Protection as You Think," Client Seminar 2016
Author and Speaker, "2015 Franchise Registration, Sales and Financial Performance Representations Legal Update," Client Seminar 2016
Co-Author and Speaker, "How to Review Franchise Documents for a Prospective Franchisee," State Bar of New Mexico, Business Law Institute, 2014
Co-Author and Speaker, "Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2014" American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2014
Co-Editor, "Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies," American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising 2014, 2nd Edition
Co-author, "Agreements and Issues Related to the Franchise Sales Process," Collateral Issues in Franchising Beyond Registration and Disclosure (1st Ed.) published by the American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising 2013
Speaker, "Form 1099-C Issues," Arizona Credit Union Collector’s Council, October 2013
Author, Arizona chapter in "Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements" (3rd Edition) published by the American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2012
Author and Speaker, "Pros and Cons of Third Parties Selling and Servicing Your Brand," Client Seminar, 2012
Author and Speaker, "Vendor Rebate Considerations," Client Seminar, 2012
Author and Speaker, "Recent Actions in Case Law and the New Federal Business Opportunity Law," Client Seminar, 2012
Co-Author and Speaker, "The Perils of Third Parties Selling or Servicing Your Brand: Broker, Area Representative and Area Developer Programs," A.B.A. Forum on Franchising, Annual Forum, October 2011
Co-Author and Speaker, "Oh No, Is That Really a Material Change?" International Franchise Association, Legal Symposium, May 2011
Author and Speaker, "Gift Card Programs," Client Seminar, 2011
Author and Speaker, "Handling Material Changes After Your Annual Update," Client Seminar, 2011
Author and Speaker, "Types of Business Structures and Trademarks 101," Kingdom Business Institute, 2010
Author and Speaker, "Escrows, Deferrals and Bonds," Client Seminar, 2010
Author, "Yes! You REALLY Need an Operating Agreement-and Here's Why," Gust Rosenfeld Business Bulletin, 2009; Reprinted in The SMART Systems Insider, 2010
Author and Speaker, "Electronic Disclosure of the FDD," Client Seminar, 2010
Author and Speaker, "Earnings Claims-Are They Worth the Trouble?" Client Seminar, 2009
Co-author and Speaker, "New Developments Regarding FTC Rules," Client Seminar, 2009
Author, "New Facebook Feature Could Threaten Your Trademark," Gust Rosenfeld Client Alert, 2009
Co-author and Speaker, "The New Federal Disclosure Law and Its Impact on Your Sales Procedures, UFOC and Closings," Client Seminar, 2008
Author, "Positioning Your Business for Franchising," Gust Rosenfeld Newsletter, 2007
Co-author and Speaker, "The Proposed New Business Opportunity Rule and State Business Opportunity Laws," A.B.A. Forum on Franchising, Annual Forum, 2007
Co-author and Speaker, "Playing in the Big Leagues," Client Seminar, 2006
Co-author and Speaker, "Tough Challenges of Franchising," Client Seminar, 2005
Co-author and Speaker, "Tying It All Together," Arizona Franchisor Association, 2005
Co-author and Speaker, "The Road to Success," Client Seminar, 2004
Co-author and Speaker, "'Note'-able Hot Topics," Client Seminar, 2003
Co-author and Speaker, "Welcome to the Big Leagues!" Client Seminar, 2001
Co-author, "Advertising - Doing It Right Legally," Maricopa County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Division, 2000
Co-author, "Franchising and Trademark Law - Where It's At and Where It's Going," The Arizona Paralegal Association, 2000
Co-author and Speaker, "Advertising - Doing It Right Legally," Client Seminar, 1999

Phoenix Community Alliance (Executive Board Member and Secretary)
Paradise Valley Girls Softball League (former Board Member and Treasurer)
Girls Ranch Inc., of Arizona (former Board Member)

The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate Law; Franchise Law) 2003-2022
   Lawyer of the Year Phoenix (Franchise Law) 2015, 2019, and 2022
Southwest Super Lawyers® (Franchise/Dealership) 2021
Top 100 Attorneys in Arizona, Az Business (2018 and 2019)
Top 50 Highest Ranking Women in Arizona, Who’s Who in Business published by Arizona Media (2015)
Listed in The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers since 2010 published by Who’s Who Legal
Ranking Arizona Best of the Best Award Winner, Az Business Magazine (2008)
Best of the Bar by The Business Journal (2005)
Up-and-Comer by BizAZ Magazine (2004)

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