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
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.
Harold L. Kestenbaum's Recent Articles
Mar 13, 2020
The short answer is yes.
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...
Mar 4, 2020
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) can be overwhelming to prospective franchisees considering investment. It’s designed to inform and protect them from making any decision that enters them...
Oct 29, 2019
All eyes were on the California Senate Appropriations Committee as they voted in favor of a bill (AB-5)[i] that takes the joint-employer labor law one step closer to a headache of epic...
Jun 27, 2019
Things to Consider Before Bringing Your Franchise Brand to the U.S.
The opportunity of expanding your business to the United States market is exciting. Whether you are looking to simply...
Mar 12, 2019
In a move to standardize accounting practices further than is already being done by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the...
Apr 30, 2018
What to include, what not to include and everything in between...
After weeks of preparation, financial audits and legal review, time has come to register your Franchise Disclosure...
Jan 23, 2018
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....