Robert L. Purvin Jr. is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), a national nonprofit trade association promoting fair franchising practices and the concept of Total Quality Franchising. Robert is the author of The Franchise Fraud: How to Protect Yourself Before and After You Invest. Robert has practiced franchise law since 1973 and is a California Bar Certified Franchise Law Specialist. Over the course of his career, Robert gained the reputation as a pre-eminent authority on representing franchisees. Robert engages in contract and dispute mediation and is an approved mediator of the National Franchise Mediation Program and the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution.