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Kevin M. Colton

Partner

19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 301
Torrance, CA 90502
kevin.colton@nelsonmullins.com

Kevin Colton is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office, where he practices primarily in the area of motor vehicle franchise and distribution. His experience is concentrated in counseling motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on issues relating to the infrastructure of their nationwide sales and distribution networks and in litigating...

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Kevin Colton is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office, where he practices primarily in the area of motor vehicle franchise and distribution. His experience is concentrated in counseling motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on issues relating to the infrastructure of their nationwide sales and distribution networks and in litigating issues that arise from the distributor/dealer relationship. Mr. Colton's representation of North America's major motor vehicle, motorsports, and heavy truck and equipment original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) goes beyond advancing and representing clients' interests in dealer establishments, relocations, terminations, and transfers and includes national advice on their dealer network strategy and plans, including drafting new dealer agreements, dealer network policies and internal procedures, and implementing new performance, incentive, and facility programs. With 20 years of experience in-house at a major OEM, Mr. Colton understands the need to achieve his clients' business objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner and has developed creative strategies to minimize client risk while achieving the optimal business results in a heavily regulated environment.

issues that arise from the distributor/dealer relationship. Mr. Colton's representation of North America's major motor vehicle, motorsports, and heavy truck and equipment original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) goes beyond advancing and representing clients' interests in dealer establishments, relocations, terminations, and transfers and includes national advice on their dealer network strategy and plans, including drafting new dealer agreements, dealer network policies and internal procedures, and implementing new performance, incentive, and facility programs. With 20 years of experience in-house at a major OEM, Mr. Colton understands the need to achieve his clients' business objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner and has developed creative strategies to minimize client risk while achieving the optimal business results in a heavily regulated environment.

Kevin Colton is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office, where he practices primarily in the area of motor vehicle franchise and distribution. His experience is concentrated in counseling motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on issues relating to the infrastructure of their nationwide sales and distribution networks and in litigating... issues that arise from the distributor/dealer relationship. Mr. Colton's representation of North America's major motor vehicle, motorsports, and heavy truck and equipment original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) goes beyond advancing and representing clients' interests in dealer establishments, relocations, terminations, and transfers and includes national advice on their dealer network strategy and plans, including drafting new dealer agreements, dealer network policies and internal procedures, and implementing new performance, incentive, and facility programs. With 20 years of experience in-house at a major OEM, Mr. Colton understands the need to achieve his clients' business objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner and has developed creative strategies to minimize client risk while achieving the optimal business results in a heavily regulated environment.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Represented a major automotive OEM in the establishment of a new dealer in the Oklahoma City market, achieving a unanimous result in favor of the OEM and denying the protest filed by an existing dealer in market
  • Advised a major new OEM of all electric vehicles on establishment of its alternative retail distribution model including development of business model strategy, negotiations with state industry regulators nationwide, defense of litigation filed challenging the OEM's model, and legislative efforts
  • Drafted dealer network policies for a major heavy truck OEM and advised OEM's network operations team in implementing best practices for dealer network documents and procedures
  • Advised a new Europe-based OEM on all aspects of its U.S. entry, including development of letters of intent, dealer agreement, policies and procedures, appointment of dealers, and licensing issues
  • Advised a major automotive OEM in addressing issues raised by new dealership structures, including investment in dealerships by Private Equity Groups, in development of policies, practices, strategies, and agreements to address issues raised
  • Advised a major OEM in relation to a merger with another OEM, combination of products, and rationalization of dealer networks

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner, motor vehicle franchise and distribution team, California office of a national law firm
  • Senior Market Representation Counsel, Nissan North America

Education

  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, JD (1980)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA (1977)

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas

Industries

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
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