FRANCHISEE TENSIONS BUBBLE TO THE SURFACE
Author: Jonathan Maze
Publication: Restaurant Business
Robert M. Einhorn, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. He dual-majored in Accounting and Risk & Insurance. Robert attended law school at the University of Miami. During law school, Robert studied for and obtained his C.P.A. license in the State of Florida. Robert actively maintains his C.P.A. license and regularly attends seminars focused on the business valuation, accounting and damages issues which frequently arise in franchise disputes.
Robert obtained his J.D. degree in 1990. After graduation from law school, Robert accepted a position with the Florida law firm, Broad and Cassel. Robert served as an Associate in the litigation department of Broad and Cassel working closely with Joel Hirschhorn, Esq., who headed the litigation department of the statewide firm. Working with Mr. Hirschhorn, Robert acquired vast experience in complex civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts throughout the nation. Robert is currently admitted to practice before several courts across the country including all State Courts in Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court for the Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Tax Court. He has appeared and represented clients in several other state and federal courts throughout the country and regularly conducts various arbitration proceedings across the country.
Robert began working with Robert Zarco in January 1994 and has partnered over the past twenty plus years with Mr. Zarco as fierce and tireless advocates for the interests of franchisees. Robert has conducted numerous trials and arbitration hearings throughout the nation. Robert regularly devotes his time to franchisee associations seeking fairness in franchising and improved relations between franchisors and franchisees. Robert has served on the Steering Committee for the American Franchise Association Legal Symposium. Robert is also a member of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) and has served on the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee. Working on this committee, Robert has had the opportunity to participate and debate in the drafting of the AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standards. Robert also regularly devotes his time to “pro bono” work in connection with the Dade County “Put Something Back” program, an organization serving the legal needs of the underprivileged in Dade County.
Robert regularly serves as an author and speaker on franchise related topics. He is a contributing author of the most recent edition of the Fundamentals of Franchising book published by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Forum on Franchising. Robert has been involved with the ABA Forum on Franchising for numerous years. He has been a frequent speaker at the ABA’s Annual Franchise Forum and has contributed to the Franchise Law Journal as an author and an editor. Robert was recently recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” award recipient for Franchise Law in the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America publication. He has been regularly included in that publication for over a decade in connection with his work the in the practice area of Franchise Law. Robert has also been recognized among the Very Best U.S. Attorneys in Franchising by the Franchise Times and Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite. He has maintained the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards as designated by Martindale Hubbell for the past several years.