Kestenbaum last year marked 40 years as a franchise attorney.
Melville, NY (August 2018) – Harold Kestenbaum, an attorney with more than 40 years of experience providing legal services to franchises, has been named one of the Top Fifteen Franchise Attorneys by Entrepreneur Magazine. Kestenbaum, known as “The Franchise Guru” – earned the number 8 ranking by the national business magazine.
“Franchising is such a unique business – legally, financially, and operationally – that it has been my pleasure to provide my expertise to so many exciting and unique concepts” Kestenbaum said. “Together, over four decades, my clients and I have been able to achieve the pinnacle of success and it’s an honor to be recognized for that work.”
Kestenbaum is one of the most sought-out franchise experts in the country. He is routinely quoted in business and franchise publications, and is a frequent public speaker for franchises and entrepreneur. He authored the first book dedicated to the entrepreneur who wants to franchise his/her business, called So You Want to Franchise Your Business.
The Entrepreneur rankings were released in early August.
“Franchising comes with its own unique set of legal challenges, starting with the need to draft a complicated legal document—the FDD—and update it every year,” the magazine wrote, introducing Kestenbaum and other top franchise attorneys. “So it’s no surprise there are a large number of law firms that specialize in working with franchises, offering help with everything from dispute resolution and trademark protection to mergers and acquisitions and international expansion. In this highly competitive category, these are the firms that came out on top.”
About Harold Kestenbaum
Harold L. Kestenbaum is a lawyer 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 more than 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 business franchise marketing and consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies, which he co-founded.
Harold has served as franchise counsel to many regional, national and international franchise companies in many diverse industries. Click here to view a list of clients.
Harold’s expertise in being a business franchise lawyer is enhanced by his practical experience in serving as the chief executive officer of a national franchisor and in serving as director of numerous nationally and internationally known franchisors; experiences that are rare and unique in the area of franchise business law.