Welcome to MLM Legal - a valuable resource to the Multi-Level Marketing and Direct Sales Industry. Use this site to review interesting articles about this high growth industry. Keep current with the law and how it is affecting large and small companies throughout the United States. MLM Legal is sponsored by Jeffrey Babener of Babener and Associates.
On any given day you can catch Jeffrey Babener lecturing on Network Marketing at the University of Texas or the University of Illinois, addressing thousands of distributors in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Tokyo and Russia, or writing a new book on Network Marketing, an article for Entrepreneur Magazine or a chapter for a University textbook. Over two decades he has served as marketing and legal advisor to some of the world's largest direct selling companies, the likes of Avon, Nikken, Melaleuca, Discovery Toys, NuSkin, and he has provided counsel to the most successful telecom network marketing companies...Excel, ACN, World Connect, ITI, AOL Select and Network 2000. An active spokesperson for the industry, he has assisted in new legislation and served on the Lawyer's Council, Government Relations Committee and Internet Task Force of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) as well as serving as General Counsel for the Multilevel Marketing International Association. He is an MLM attorney supplier member of the DSA and has served as legal counsel and MLM consultant on MLM law issues for many DSA companies.
Babener & Associates is a law firm that represents companies headquartered throughout the United States and abroad. The firm is located in the Bank of America Financial Center in Portland, OR where its practice includes representation of many of the major companies in the direct selling industry. Sales by companies they represent exceed $2 billion, involving over one million distributors. See their Scope of Representation for a complete guide to the services provided.
Babener & Associates serve as legal counsel for:
1. Start-up MLM companies
2. Foreign MLM companies entering the US Market
3. US companies entering foreign markets
Since 1984, Babener & Associates has served as legal counsel in start-up, emerging or expansion phases of such leading MLM companies as: Fuller Brush, Nikken, Noevir, Omnitrition, Melaleuca, NuSkin, Longaberger, Network 2000, Quorum, Matol Botanical, Sunrider, Cell Tech, Excel Telecommunications, Kaire, Bodywise, and a host of others. Babener & Associates has received the highest rating (AV) from the leading US legal directory Martindale-Hubbell.
Babener & Associates is now accepting new clients - emphasis start-up and emerging MLM companies. For a sample corporate packet of information and free consultation, call (503) 226-6600.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Jeffrey A. Babener is the principal attorney in the law firm of Babener & Associates. Mr. Babener is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and a member of both the California and Oregon State Bars. Mr. Babener was a member of the editorial board of the University of Southern California Law Review and has served on various state and American Bar Association committees, including chairmanship of the Oregon State Bar Committee on Judicial Administration. For a detailed biography of Mr. Babener you can read his Biographical Profile from Martindale-Hubbell.
He has represented many members of the Washington, D.C. based Direct Selling Association where he serves on the Lawyer's Council and Government Relations Committee and he is corporate counsel for the industry's other trade association, the Multi-Level Marketing International Association of Irvine, California.
Mr. Babener has lectured and published extensively on multilevel marketing law. He has been interviewed on the industry in such publications as Money, Inc., Atlantic Monthly, Success, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Home Office Computer and Business Start-Ups. He is editor of the industry publication, Direct Sales Legaline. Mr. Babener is also the author of the books, Tax Guide for MLM/Direct Selling Distributors, Network Marketer's Guide to Success, The MLM Corporate Handbook and Network Marketing: Window of Opportunity. He is cosponsor of Starting and Running The Successful MLM Company conference.
Honors and Awards
Over two decades, we have assisted hundreds of startups - probably more than everyone else put together.
Some of our more famous startups: Melaleuca, USANA, Quorum, BodyWise, Shaperite, Kaire, Network 2000, Envion, Matol, MLM divisions for Home Shopping Network, ServiceMaster, Fuller Brush . . .We've been interviewed by - and written for the best:
Inc., Money, Atlantic Monthly, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Entrepreneur, Business Start-Ups, Success, Wealth Building, Money Maker's Monthly, Upline, Home Business, Direct Sales Legaline . . Conference Sponsor of:
* The MLM Entrepreneur Series
* Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company
* University of Texas Academic Conference
* Lecturer at numerous DSA and MLMIA conferences
* The DSA - Lawyer's Council, Government Relations Committee, Internet Task Force
* The MLMIA - Legal Counsel, Board of Directors
* ABA - Litigation Section, Antitrust Section
* Oregon State Bar - Chairman, Committee on Judicial Administration
Yes, we authored:
* The Network Marketer's Guide to Success
* The Tax Guide for MLM / Direct Selling Distributors
* The MLM Corporate Handbook
* Network Marketing: Window of Opportunity
* and chapters in numerous industry works and text books
Find our clients on earth, in cyberspace and from satellite in outerspace -
* operating in more than 130 countries
* headquartered from Japan to New York to Paris to Korea to L.A. to China . . .
* millions of distributors
* billions in sales