Don’t Let A Rodent Mess Up Your Franchise Relationship
Author: Mahmood Khan
Robert Zarco is the Founding Partner of the Miami-based boutique law firm of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. Mr. Zarco has earned international recognition as an excellent and experienced trial and business lawyer in the areas of Franchise, Hospitality, Dealership, Trademark, Commercial and Real Estate law. The firm represents clients nationally and internationally in complex disputes and transactions.
Mr. Zarco has been recognized as a renowned legal expert in franchise law by many federal and state courts and various state legislatures. He actively lobbies both federal and state congressmen, representing the franchisees’ interests and promoting the enactment of “Fair Franchising” legislation. Mr. Zarco travels worldwide lecturing to numerous franchise associations, business organization, universities and teaching seminars on vital franchise hospitality and dealership legal issues and topics to attorneys, franchisees and franchisors. He has authored and been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles as a legal business and legal authority on franchising issues and has appeared several on radio and television programs throughout the United States and internationally, in order to provide expert commentary on franchising and other business issues and trends in general, as well as on specific legal cases which the firm has handled in which the rulings have served as important legal precedent for the franchise community.
Mr. Zarco has an extensive background in business, accounting and finance commencing before he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He further developed this experience during his employment at General Motors in New York as a management level Financial Analyst, while he simultaneously attended Pace University Graduate School of Business in New York. Mr. Zarco later graduated from the University of Miami School of Law.
Mr. Zarco is an avid speaker and active participant of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, International Franchise Association (IFA) as well as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Robert has authored and published many articles and papers on various Franchise and other business topics.
Mr. Zarco is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America”, “The Top Attorneys in Florida”, “A Legal Eagle In Franchising”, “Top Franchise Attorney” from numerous publications, as well as one of South Florida’s Top Lawyers, and one of Florida’s Super Lawyers among many other awards and recognitions.
Mr. Zarco is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, 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 many other jurisdictions on a special appearance basis.
Broadly recognized as one of the nation’s top franchise lawyers, Robert Zarco has provided expert testimony before various state legislatures including California (“Why Venue Provisions in Franchise Agreements Must be Void as a Matter of Law”), Maryland (“The Way to Bring Fairness to Franchising”), Arizona (“The Necessity of Franchise Legislation”), Connecticut (“The Benefits of Enacting Franchise Legislation”), and New York (“From Litigation to Legislation – Leveling the Playing Field Between Franchisees and Franchisors”). Additionally, Mr. Zarco travels nationwide presenting lectures on topics vital to franchisees and has appeared on radio and television programs, including CNBC “Minding Your Business,” CNBC “How To Succeed In Business,” PBS “Nightly Business Report,” “Your Financial Future with Jonathon 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. Mr. Zarco has also published several articles including “Practical Aspects of Franchisee Representation; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Which Method is Best for Your Client,” “Know Your Legal Rights,” and “Tips for the Franchisee in Pursuit of the American Dream.”
With Robert Zarco as Founder and Senior partner, the firm has earned significant victories for franchisees and has established legal precedents which have paved the way for courts to understand the complexities of the franchise relationship. Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. has been in the forefront of important franchise law issues, such as encroachment/cannibalization, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud in the inducement, fraudulent concealment, and breach of contract, in addition to statutory violations of state and federal franchise laws.
Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. represents franchisees in disputes against major franchise systems in the hotel, restaurant, and other service industries. Past and present clients include franchisees of Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Best Western, Ramada, Quality Inn, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Tony Roma’s, Miami Subs, Pizza Hut, Johnny Rockets, T.C.B.Y., Haagen Dazs, Checkers, Rally’s, TGI Friday’s, Hard Rock Café, Fat Tuesdays, Little Caesars’, Jack-in-the- Box, Denny’s, Bonanza, Manhattan Bagel, Subway, Blimpie, Schlotzsky’s, 7-Eleven, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Decorating Den, Oil Express, Corner Bakery, Moe’s Southwest Grille, Coldstone Creamery, Carl’s Jr., Camp Bow Wow, Carvel, Chevron, Hair Club for Men, Domino’s, Papa John’s. Golden Corral, Naked Pizza, Papa Murphy’s, Red Brick Pizza, Payless Car Rental, Remax, Sotheby’s, Smoothie King, Steak & Shake, Tutor Time, Wolfgang Puck and ServPro, among many many others.
Mr. Zarco and the Firm have also represented several franchisee associations such as Johnny Rockets, Little Caesars, 7-Eleven, TCBY, Wood You Furniture, Roto-Rooter, and Papa John’s, among others.