Joseph W. Sheyka

Joseph W. Sheyka

Senior Counsel

Joseph Sheyka has practiced in the field of franchising and distribution law for over forty years. His practice includes advising start-up franchisors on structuring their franchise programs; counselling franchisors on compliance with federal and state franchise laws; and assisting franchisors in structuring and implementing whole business securitization transactions and related finanacing transactions.

Bar admissionsIllinois
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law 1974
    Order of the Coif
    Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1968


  • Chambers USA
    • Band 4, USA - Nationwide Franchising (2016-2023)
    • Band 3, USA - Nationwide Franchising  (2012-2015)
  • The Leading Lawyers Network lists him as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois
  • He has been cited in 12 editions of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers


  • Co-author, General Franchising Considerations, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Organizing and Advising Illinois Businesses
  • Co-author, Franchising in the United States, Canadian Franchise Guide


  • Speaker, "Franchising in Latin America: A Two-Way Street," Franchise Expo South Conference, Miami (January 21, 2012)
  • Speaker, Canadian Franchise Association

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • ABA Forum Committee on Franchising
  • Franchising Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association
  • International Franchising Committee of the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association