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Himanshu Patel

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Himanshu Patel

Himanshu was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in December, 1994 with a B.A. in Economics, then earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law in May, 1998.

During law school, Himanshu clerked for various law firms in Louisville, Kentucky and gained valuable experience in all aspects of corporate, tax and probate law. He was a member of the Securities Law Moot Court Team and represented his school in a national competition. He was also the Membership Director of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Managing Editor of the Brandeis Brief and a member of the International Law Society.

Himanshu is fluent in Gujarati and is a member of the American, Florida and Dade County Bar Associations, along with the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising. In addition, he is a member of the Business, Litigation, Tax and Real Property Sections of the American Bar Association. Himanshu is also a member of the Asian American Hotel Owner's Association ("AAHOA").

Himanshu is licensed to practice law before all state courts in Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Arbitration
  • Litigation and Mediation
  • General Business
  • Corporate Law
  • Appellate Practice

Honors

  • “AV” Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011-2015
  • “Top Young Attorneys in Florida” The Wall Street Journal & Miami Magazine, 2012-2013
  • “Florida Rising Star” – Florida Super Lawyers, 2010,2012,2013 and www.superlawyers.com
  • “Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals” representative for Miami, Florida, 2010-2012

Classes & Seminars

  • 2002, March, “All in the Family” AAHOA Lodging Business
  • 2003, April, “How to Successfully Negotiate a Franchise Agreement” Asian American Hotel Owners’ Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, Long Beach, CA
  • 2005, February, “The Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship” 3rd Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, TX
  • 2009, October, “Common Discovery Issues in Franchising” 32nd Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2006, “Common Issues in Hospitality Franchising” AAHOA Lodging Business

Published Works

  • 2012, October, “Changes in System Standards – What is the Extend of the Franchisor’s Latitude?” 35th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006, “Does Your Franchise Agreement Allow an Opportunity to Cure?” HL Comment
  • 2004, “Is the Franchisee Responsible When the Guest is Injured on Hotel Property?” HL Comment
  • 2004, “A Comparison of Franchise Disclosure Requirements Under United States Law and International Law” HL Comment
  • 2004, “Is Your Franchise Agreement Complaint: Be Aware of the Merger and Integration Clause” HL Comment
  • The Franchise Lawyer, Associate Editor 2012 – Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi

Professional Associations

  • 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

Languages

  • Gujarati

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

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
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