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J. Michael DadyFounding Partner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Robert ZarcoFounding Partner Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A.Franchising
Robert Zarco, founding partner of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A., has built a reputation of success and changing lives for small business owners for over 35 years by passionately protecting the legal rights and interests of franchisees and other underdog commercial business clients nationwide and internationally. Zarco is known as a creative, solution-oriented negotiator, and aggressive Trial Lawyer, handling complex business transactions, disputes and litigation in Federal and State Courts nationwide, including arbitration and mediation. Zarco and his experienced team of attorneys provide the highest caliber of legal services, expertise, and professionalism in Business and Corporate Law in the areas of franchisor/franchisee, manufacturer/distributor, automobile, truck and equipment dealers, licensing, as well as other disputes and litigation in commercial real estate and construction, intellectual property and trademark, and C-Level Employment disputes.
As a veteran Franchise Law and Commercial Litigation Attorney, Robert Zarco feels very proud to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Total Quality Franchising by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) in 2021. Mr. Zarco is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyers Honorary Society, and qualifies as a Barrister in the Order of Centurions. He is also frequently awarded prestigious legal industry distinctions including “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 in Franchise Law by Best Lawyers of America©, “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times, Florida’s “Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers” for over 15 years, and “Top Dealmakers of the Year” in Commercial Real Estate by Daily Business Review. The law firm he founded is rated National Tier 1 in Franchise law as ‘Best Law Firms’ by Best Lawyers of America©.
Fluent in the Spanish language, Robert was born in Cuba and came to New York with his parents in 1961 at the age of 2, fleeing Communism and leaving all material possessions behind. The sacrifices of his parents combined with Robert’s personal drive, determination, and hard work led him to many great achievements, including graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Robert is an avid yachtsman who loves being out in the open water. He is also an amateur Chef and enjoys hosting parties and fundraisers for many great charitable causes. Together with his family and three grown children, Robert loves to travel and lives his life to the fullest by the mottos he cherishes most: “Work hard, Play hard”, “Live, Learn, Love, and Laugh”, and “Always do the Right Thing!”
Robert M. EinhornManaging Partner Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A.Franchising
Ron GardnerPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Scott KorzenowskiPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Robert F. SalkowskiPartner Zarco Einhorn Salkowski, P.A.Franchising
John HollandPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Jeffrey S. HaffPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Mark DadyPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Kristy MiamenPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Serena ChiquoineAttorney DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Andrew MalzahnPartner DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Rachel D. ZaigerAssociate DADY & GARDNER, P.AFranchising
Erica counsels and assists commercial clients in developing new franchise programs, protecting their intellectual property, complying with franchise laws and regulations, and resolving franchise relationship disputes. She also assists individuals evaluate franchise opportunities and assists them with business formation and ownership structuring. Erica also has a thriving real estate practice and frequently represents clients in commercial lease and purchase transactions.
Erica received her J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law where she graduated with honors. Prior to law school, she received her M.A. in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University and her B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Texas.
Before law school, Erica worked with nonprofit organizations. She directed the America Reads program at the University of North Texas, interned with Mosaic Family Services, and managed the volunteer program and food pantry for Metrocrest Services. Through these roles, she gained specialized knowledge of the management and needs of nonprofit organizations.
During law school, Erica interned with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through her internships, she worked on civil litigation, real estate, and probate and estate issues. While in law school, she also served on the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law and participated in the Community Legal Access Clinic.
Post law school, Erica served as staff counsel for a family office where she gained legal experience in corporate law, real estate transactions, estate planning, and nonprofit organizations.
Robert Gifford focuses his practice on complex business litigation and handles some of the most complicated cases for large financial institutions. Robert originally trained in the trial and appellate bureaus of the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office under Robert Morgenthau. Since then, he has represented a wide variety of business litigants—often as plaintiffs themselves—and obtained numerous significant favorable verdicts and settlements. Robert’s clients have included everything from Fortune 50 companies to small partnerships.
Cheryl MullinJD, LLM Mullin, P.C.
Cheryl Mullin is the founding partner of Mullin, PC. Her practice focuses on assisting commercial clients to achieve their growth objectives through franchising, joint ventures, acquisition, and private investment. She also provides intellectual property protection services to small and mid-size enterprises, business transition planning services for closely-held businesses, and commercial litigation support on business issues.
Cheryl earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1995, and her LL.M (Taxation) from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2013. She is recognized for her work in franchising by International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers (since 2013), Texas Super Lawyers (since 2012), and Best Lawyers in America (since 2007). Cheryl also has been recognized since 2007 by “D” Magazine as one of the best lawyers in Dallas, and by Franchise Times magazine since 2004 as a “Legal Eagle.” Cheryl lectures frequently on corporate and franchise-related topics and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Richard L. Rosen, the founder of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, has been actively engaged in the practice of franchise law in New York City for over 40 years, during which time he has represented countless franchisors and franchisees, both as counsel and as a business adviser. Mr. Rosen has been engaged in virtually all aspects of franchising during his career. He has counseled and represented franchisors in the setting up of franchising systems and programs, formed franchising entities, drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, multi-unit area development agreements, master franchise agreements, registration statements, disclosure and other ancillary franchise documents; represented franchisees and franchisee associations; litigated in both state and federal courts; and mediated, arbitrated and litigated matters on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees. He has represented franchisors and franchisees in essentially every field.
Mr. Rosen is a founding member and immediate past chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program, The CPR Institute For Dispute Resolution Distinguished Panel of Neutrals and the Chairman of the AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standard’s Committee. He has frequently lectured on a variety of franchise topics before various groups and has been interviewed on both television and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine, regarding franchising. Mr. Rosen is a contributor to “Franchising 101, The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business” compiled by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and has written many articles on the legal and business aspects of franchising. Mr. Rosen and his firm are the authors of the section on Franchise Law in the United States which appears in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Editions of the (International) Franchise Law Review as well as the review of franchise law in the U.S. which appears in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise Law. Read More »
Kelly SpannAttorney at Law FortmanSpann, LLC
I love the practice of law and thrive on providing clients with real practical advice and strategic solutions.” – KMS. Kelly is married to her husband Todd and is the proud mom of Kyle, 18, Kinley, 11, and Kane, 6. She began working for Jon in 2004 as his legal assistant and paralegal. She graduated from Western Governors University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in business management. After gaining years of experience and encouragement from numerous other legal professionals, Kelly obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 2021 with a concentration in intellectual property law. After passing the Uniform Bar Exam and being sworn into the State of Missouri Bar in September 2021, she became Jon’s partner and FortmanSpann, LLC was born. Kelly has fought for others alongside Jon for many years and looks forward to continuing to help more people through the practice of law. She is extensively experienced in franchise law and understands all the intricacies of the franchise system. Her intricate knowledge and experience allow her to provide the practical advice and strategic solutions franchisees need.