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Kaari-Lynn S. Gagnon

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Biography

Kaari-Lynn S. Gagnon was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up near Albany,
New York. She graduated from Tufts University in May 2004 with a B.A. in
Sociology, then earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in
May 2007.  During law school, Ms. Gagnon clerked for Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A. Ms. Gagnon also had the opportunity to work at the Public Defender’s Office of Rensselaer County, New York as a summer intern.

Ms. Gagnon has been with the firm of Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.
since 2006 as a law clerk, since 2007 as an associate, and since 2015 as a
partner. Her practice focuses on franchise law, corporate law and intellectual
property. Ms. Gagnon advises franchisor clients on a variety of franchise law
and general business matters, and has significant experience in drafting and
preparing franchise disclosure documents and state registrations. In addition,
Ms. Gagnon handles a variety of general business transactions, including
reviewing and negotiating commercial leases and other business contracts,
assisting clients with setting up their business entities, drafting operating
agreements, licensing agreements and other business arrangements, and has
represented artists in intellectual property licensing, and in endorsement and
promotional arrangements.

Ms. Gagnon has represented clients in state and federal courts and in
arbitration proceedings throughout the United States. Ms. Gagnon is admitted
to practice law in Florida, as well as before the Southern District Court of
Florida.

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property

Past Positions

  • Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A., Clerk
  • Public Defender’s Office of Rensselaer County, New York, Intern

Honors

  • Best Lawyers of America – Franchise Law, 2020

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Miami-Dade County Put Something Back Pro Bono Program

Professional Associations

  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Forum on Franchising Diversity Caucus Steering Committee

Education

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

Bar Admissions

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