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Harold L. Kestenbaum, Esq. Partner, Spadea Lignana Attorneys at Law

About Harold L. Kestenbaum, Esq.

HAROLD L. KESTENBAUM is an attorney who has specialized in franchise law and other matters relating to franchising since 1977. From May 1982 until September 1986, Harold served as franchise and general counsel to Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of over 1,000 family-style Italian restaurants and, was a director from March 1985 to December 2006. From September 1983 to October 1989, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of FranchiseIt Corporation, the first publicly traded company specializing in providing franchise marketing and consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies, which he co-founded. Harold has authored the first book dedicated to the entrepreneur who wants to franchise his/her business called So You Want To Franchise Your Business. It is a step by step guide to what a businessperson needs to know and do to properly roll out a franchise program.

Harold has served as franchise counsel to many regional, national and international franchise companies in many diverse industries. 

Harold's expertise in franchise law is enhanced by his practical experience in serving as the Chief Executive Officer of a national franchisor and in serving as a Director of numerous nationally and internationally known franchisors, experiences that are rare and unique in the area of franchise law.

During the more than 40 years that Harold has been representing franchisors, many have gone on to be wildly successful. For example, one client that started from scratch with Harold, sold out to a private equity company for $35,000,000; another sold out to a private equity company for $30,000,000, also having started with Harold from scratch; another client just did an IPO and raised $45,000,000; one client has sold over 150 franchises in less than two years, also starting with Harold; and another has sold over 1,000 units, also starting with Harold, not to mention Sbarro and their 950 locations. His track record clearly speaks for itself.

Harold's firm was named as one of the top 10 franchise law firms in America as voted by Entrepreneur Magazine.

In May of 2019, Harold merged his successful law firm with the Philadelphia firm, Spadea Lignana, another franchise boutique firm. Harold is now a partner in that firm.

Harold Kestenbaum can be reached at 516-745-0099 or hkestenbaum@spadealaw.com.


Recent Posts by Harold L. Kestenbaum, Esq.

Three Ways Franchisors Should Pivot Right Now

By Harold Kestenbaum Despite what you might think, now is actually a great time for franchises. Whereas with the 2008 recession, access to funding and financing was extremely limited, the opposite is true now. With low interest rates and many funding programs targeting small businesses, franchisors have the unique opportunity right now to learn how to sell more franchises, despite the upheaval our world seems to be experiencing.

Fair Labor Standards Act Final Joint Employer Decision: Will It Be Good For Franchisors?

It will be good for franchisors beginning March 16, 2020. In fact, it is the ruling that instigated a collective sigh of relief from concerned franchisors nationwide, as all eyes have been on California and the latest joint employer status challenges of the past few years.

Time is Up: Are You Compliant? FDD Cover Page Changes Effective In 2020

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) can be overwhelming to prospective franchisees considering investment. Any FDD distributed after that date will be legally required to adhere to the new changes.

Breaking down the FDD

Getting it right the first time around is critical for the future of your franchise, so consider these decisive steps in finalizing your FDD.

Refresh, Revive, Renew: Franchise Renewal Season Arrives

Time has come to celebrate a new year. It is time for resolutions, goals and aspirations; time for reflection; and, of course, time to renew and update your Franchise Disclosure Document.