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Harold L. Kestenbaum franchise lawyers

About Harold L. Kestenbaum

Harold L. Kestenbaum is one of the preeminent franchise lawyers in the industry, and has been practicing law and other matters related to franchising since 1977. Kestenbaum is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section; a member of the Antitrust Section’s Forum Committee on Franchising since 1978; is a founding member and past chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section; and was a member of the International Franchise Association Supplier Forum Advisory Board.

Kestenbaum served as franchise and general counsel to Sbarro, Inc.—a national franchisor with more than 1,000 family-style restaurants—from May 1982 to September 1986, and was a director from march 1985 to December 2006. Kestenbaum also founded and served as president and chairman of the board for Franchiselt Corporation, which was the first publicly traded company to specialize in providing business franchise marketing and consulting services, as well as equity financing to emerging franchise companies.

In 2008, Kestenbaum wrote and published So You Want to Franchise Your Business, which provides a step-by-step guide to what a businessperson needs to know to properly develop and execute a franchise program.

Recent Posts by Harold L. Kestenbaum

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.