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Michael D. Braunstein

Michael D. Braunstein

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Best Lawyers - Ones To Watch - Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A. - 2024
Rated by Super Lawyers Rising Stars Michael D. Braunstein
Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold 2023


Michael D. Braunstein received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Miami in May 2014. Upon graduation, Mr. Braunstein attended the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude in 2017. During law school, Mr. Braunstein received Honors distinctions in Litigation Skills I, Litigation Skills II, and Alternate Dispute Resolution and received the Excellence Award in Professional Responsibility.

Mr. Braunstein was the Captain of the Trial Team, and received recognition as a top student advocate in several competitions. Mr. Braunstein was also a member of the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board, during which time he served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Board and received recognition and awards as the Best Oralist. Mr. Braunstein was also the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review, on which he received the Best Student Casenote Award and had his student article published in the journal.

Mr. Braunstein joined Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A. in June 2015 as a law clerk and continued working with the firm throughout his time in law school. Mr. Braunstein became an associate in September 2017.

Throughout his career, Mr. Braunstein has successfully handled numerous franchise and complex commercial litigation matters in various state and federal courts, as well as successfully representing clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Current Employment Position

  • Senior Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Franchise Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America – Since 2023 “Ones To Watch" in Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law
  • “Florida Rising Star” – Florida Super Lawyers, 2023
  • Client Champion-Gold Distinction, Martindale Hubbell, 2023
  • 'Up & Comer’ Award – South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine, 2022

Classes, Seminars, and Published Works

  • Co-Author with Megan B. Center, ‘A Crash Course on Interpretation of the “Marketing Plan or System” Element of State Franchise Statutes,’ American Bar Association (ABA) Franchise Law Journal • Vol. 42, No. 2 • Fall 2022
  • Co-Author and Speaker, Enforcement of System Standards During COVID-19, 2022 International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington, D.C.

Giving Back

• Coach/Mentor: University of Miami School of Law, Trial Team and Moot Court Board
• Coach/Mentor: University of Miami, Mock Trial Team
• Pro-Bono Cases, various confidential


  • 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

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
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