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Harold Kestenbaum - Franchise Guru

Harold Kestenbaum - Franchise Guru

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Franchise Guru

Harold L. Kestenbaum P.C.  

EAB Plaza West Tower -14 th Floor

Uniondale New York 115 56


Tel: (516) 745-0099  

Fax: (516) 745-0293


Do you need expert legal advice concerning a franchise? Garden City-based attorney Harold Kestenbaum has represented over 100 franchisors both nationally and internationally since 1977.



Attorney Harold L.Kestenbaum received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971 from Queens College Queens New York and earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Richmond School of Law Richmond Virginia in 1975 where he was a member of Law Review. From May 1982 until September 1986 Mr. Kestenbaum served as general counsel to Sbarro Inc. the national franchisor of over 900 family-style Italian restaurants and has been a director of Sbarro since March 1985. From September 1983 to October 1989 he served as President and Chairman of the Board of FranchiseIt Corporationwhich he co-founded. FranchiseIt was the first publicly traded company specializing in franchise marketing consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies.

Currently Mr. Kestenbaum is engaged in the independent practice of franchise law representing both start-up and established franchisors exclusively. He has published many articles and frequently lectures numerous organizations and law schools concerning franchising.

Mr. Kestenbaum is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section
  • Antitrust Section’s Forum Committee on Franchising
  • Subcommittee on Franchising of the American Bar Association’s Corporation Banking and Business Law Section
  • Founding member and current Chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Franchise Distribution and Licensing Law Section currently serving as Chairman for its Education and Seminar Subcommittee (he Chaired statewide seminar programs for New York State attorneys in 1997 2000 and in 2002).


He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Law” “The Best Lawyers in America” (Franchising) and is on the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Kestenbaum has been franchise counsel to regional national and international franchise companies in many diverse industries. Some of these include:

Sbarro Boulder Creek Steaks & Saloon Nathan’s Famous Bagel Boss Manhattan Bagel New World Coffee Chesapeake Bagels Between Rounds Fratelli Ravioli The Spare Rib Cascarino’s Pasta and Pizza Dallas BBQ Yogurteria Hot & Crusty Bakery Zaro’s Bake Shoppes Java’s Brewin Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant Crescent City Beignets Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips Five Guys Burgers Buttercup Bake Shops Frats San Francisco Oven Sedutto Ice Cream Yogurt & Such Wall Street Deli Original Ray’s Pizza Fasta Pasta New York Subs & Sandwich The Pizza Professor Ranch*1 Desert Moon Café Pudgie’s Famous Chicken New York Burrito CoolBrands International (Tropicana Swensen’s Bresler’s I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt Golden Swirl and Yogen Fruz) Eskimo Pie Stores Gator’s Dockside Restaurants Camille's Sidewalk Café Kudu Restaurants Famous Famiglia JRECK Subs Jersey Mike’s Sobiks The Famous Manhattan Soup Chef Sago Tea Café Zyng International Packaging Plus Servi

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