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Providing World-Class Legal Advocacy - All Areas of Franchise Law

For over 3 decades, our commercial trial lawyers have been resolving complex business disputes, including franchise litigation, mediation, and arbitration in U.S. Federal and State courts throughout the country. We are nationally renowned for leveling the balance of power for franchisees and establishing key legal precedents in the area of franchise law for over 500 franchise systems in 44 states and 20 countries. Our highest caliber of legal services, expertise, and professionalism extend to include but not limited to legal guidance with transactions and dispute resolution in the following practice areas:

  • All areas of Franchise Law, including Franchisee Associations
  • Licensing, Distribution, and Dealership law
  • Commercial and Civil Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration and Appeals
  • Commercial Construction and Commercial Real Estate disputes
  • Infringement of Trademarks & other Intellectual Property
  • C-Level Employment disputes and Civil Litigation
  • Complex Business Partnership and other disputes

Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A. has earned significant victories for franchisees and established well-heeled legal principles and precedents which have paved the way for other courts in interpreting complex franchise and other business contracts. Important franchise and other legal matters and principles where our firm is at the forefront, just to name a few:

  • Encroachment/Cannibalization and violation of Exclusive Territories
  • Breach of the implied ‘Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing’
  • Fraud in the Inducement, Fraudulent Concealment, etc.
  • Breach of Contract
  • Non-Compete agreements and violations
  • Joint Employer determination and liability
  • Statutory violations of State and Federal Franchise Laws
  • Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD’s) and Franchise Agreements
  • Unreasonable Franchisor demands or Failure to Renew

Our firm’s founding Partner, Robert Zarco, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Total Quality Franchising by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Fellow and Order of Centurion by the Litigation Council of America (LCA) Trial Lawyers Honor Society, Lawyer of the Year for Franchise Law in 2020 by Best Lawyers of America©.  Our talented team of experienced attorneys with backgrounds in accounting, economics, and banking have also been awarded Best Lawyers in Franchise by Best Lawyers as well as Super Lawyers for over 15 years, among many other accolades.  The Firm is considered a National Tier 1 Law Firm in Franchise Law by Best Lawyers of America© as published in US News & World Report.

Call 888-580-7844 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Robert Zarco

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • American Bar Association Franchise Forum
  • American Franchisee Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Dade Country Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Trial Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)
  • American Franchise Association (AFA)
  • Trial Law Institute, Member – Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member – Litigation Counsel of America

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney Robert M. Einhorn

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1990
  • University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 1986
    • Major: Accounting
    • Major: Risk & Insurance

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Franchise Forum
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)
  • American Franchise Association (AFA)

Attorney Robert F. Salkowski

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1991
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1991
  • George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Miami-Dade Bar Association, Member
  • The American Bar Association, Member
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)
  • American Franchise Association (AFA)

Attorney Himanshu Patel

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Education:

  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1998
    • Honors: Securities Law Moot Court Team
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1994
    • Major: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Brandeis Brief, Managing Editor
  • International Law Society, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Forum on Franchising, Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section, Member
  • Asian American Hotel Owner's Association (AAHOA)
  • AAHOA Industry Relations Committee
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)
  • American Franchise Association (AFA)

Languages Spoken:

  • Gujarati

Attorney Kaari-Lynn S. Gagnon

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2008

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Sociology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Forum on Franchising Diversity Caucus Steering Committee
  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)
  • American Franchise Association (AFA)

Attorney Mary Nikezic

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education:

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean’s List Scholar
    • Honors: C.A.L.I Award for Excellence Recipient
    • Honors: Society for Woman in Law Chair
  • Loyola University Chicago
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: National Merit Scholar
    • Honors: National Dean’s List
    • Honors: Golden Key International Honors Society
    • Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • The National Association of Women in Construction
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Michael D. Braunstein

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

Education:

  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 2017
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Litigation Skills I, Litigation Skills II, and Alternate Dispute Resolution
    • Honors: Excellence Award in Professional Responsibility
    • Honors: Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board, Member
    • Honors: Presidential Advisory Board, Member
    • Honors: Best Oralist. Mr. Braunstein
    • Honors: Best Student Casenote Award
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
  • University of Miami
    • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration - 2014

Attorney Seth M. Shapiro

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • New York
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Senior Articles Editor, Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law
    • Honors: Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
    • Honors: Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic
    • Honors: Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award
  • Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics honor society)

Attorney Jacky Beda

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Education:

  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2017
  • Honors: Graduated with High Honors and Thurgood Marshall Scholar
    • Yeshiva University
    • B.S. - 2014

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

Attorney Brenda Phang

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida

Education:

  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 2018
    • Honors: Intern, Honorable Beth Bloom
  • University of Miami
    • B.A. in Psychology - 2014

Attorney Alec Shelowitz

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Education:

  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    • B.A. - 2015
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Business Administration

Attorney Margareth Guedes

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida Bar
  • Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, Sectional de Mato Grosso do Sul

Education:

  • Universidade Para o Desenvolvimento do Estado e Regiao do Pantanal – UNIDERP, Brazil
    • Juris Doctor
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Dean’s List Scholar
    • Honors: Alumni Scholarship

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

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