Phone: (305) 374-5418
Fax: (305) 374-5428
100 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, Florida 33131-2193
Robert Zarco graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University. He entered the management training program at General Motors Corporation in New York, and concentrated in the area of accounting, financial analysis, budgeting and planning. He studied concurrently at Pace University Graduate School of Business. Since graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1985, Robert has worked principally in the area of complex commercial/civil litigation and arbitration as an associate and partner at major downtown Miami law firms and in his own practice. He represents franchisees, distributors and major corporations, in matters involving litigation over franchisee/franchisor relationships, corporate law, contract disputes, business fraud and commercial torts, construction defects, trademark disputes, and many other types of commercial/civil litigation in both the federal and state courts domestically and internationally.
Robert has earned national and international recognition in the area of franchise litigation by representing franchisees throughout the world including Mexico, France, Holland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and the Caribbean in disputes involving major franchise systems including McDonald's, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, 7-Eleven, Arby's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Tony Roma's, Coca-Cola, Decorating Den, Miami Subs, T.G.I. Friday's, Manhattan Bagel Co., Blimpie's, Pepsico Inc., Kenny Rogers Roasters, Holiday Inn Hotels, Best Western Hotels, Quality Inn Hotels, Ramada Hotels, Johnny Rockets, T.C.B.Y., Little Caesar's Pizza, and Hot N' Now, among others. Robert has provided expert testimony before various state legislatures and actively lobbies both state and federal congressmen, representing the franchisees' interests and promoting the enactment of "Fair Franchising" legislation.
Robert travels nationwide presenting lectures on topics vital to franchisees such as the 7-Eleven Independent Franchisees held in Arizona, Oregon, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and Michigan, The American Franchisee Association Annual Convention in Nevada, The Florida Restaurant Franchisee Association in Florida, The Kentucky Fried Chicken Independent Franchisees in Georgia, The Radio Shack Dealer's Association in Nevada, The White House Conference on Small Businesses in Washington, D.C., The Denny's Franchisee Association in Arizona and The American Franchisee Association in Nevada.
Robert has also appeared on radio and television programs, including CNBC "Minding Your Business," CNBC "How To Succeed In Business," PBS "Nightly Business Report," CNN "Chicago Bureau," PBS "Your Financial Future with Jonathan Pond," "The Judy Jarvis Show," and CBS "Eye to Eye with Connie Chung," to provide expert commentary on specific franchise cases, and franchising in general.
Robert is a member of the American, Florida and Dade County Bar Associations, as well as, the Florida Justice Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Robert is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and federal courts in other jurisdictions nationwide on a special appearance basis.
Robert has served on the City of Miami Beach Budget Advisory Committee; has served on several committees and boards for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; is on the Board of Directors of Temple Menorah; an affiliate of the American Franchisee Association; and a member of the Beacon Council. He has been named as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Businesses. Robert is also active in other professional, civil and community organizations. He is fluent in English and Spanish.