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Harold Kestenbaum - Franchise Guru

Harold Kestenbaum - Franchise Guru

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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, The Italian Eatery, Boulder Creek Steaks & Saloon, Nathan’s Famous, Bagel Boss, Manhattan Bagel New World Coffee, Dallas BBQ, Yogurteria, Hot & Crusty Bakery, Zaro’s Bake Shoppes, Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant, Crescent City Beignets, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Buttercup Bake Shops, Sedutto Ice Cream, Yogurt & Such Wall Street Deli, Ranch*1 Desert Moon Café, Pudgie’s Famous Chicken, CoolBrands International (Tropicana Swensen’s, Bresler’s I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt, Golden Swirl and Yogen Fruz), Famous Famiglia, The Famous Manhattan Soup Chef.

Contact Info

Harold L. Kestenbaum P.C.

(516) 745-0099

(516) 745-0293

EAB Plaza West Tower - 14th Floor


New York



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