Jeffrey M. Goldstein, Esquire

Goldstein Law Firm is one of only four national franchise law firms in the country that represents exclusively franchisees and dealers. Jeff Goldstein’s practice covers prolific and myriad commercial complex litigation matters, and Jeff is regularly sought out by franchisees and dealers from foreign countries (e.g., UAE, South America, United Kingdom) to represent them in disputes with United States franchisors and suppliers.

Mr. Goldstein is recognized as one of the top franchise litigators for franchisees and dealers, and has extensive experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in cases involving fraud allegations, FTC violations, RICO claims, antitrust conspiracies, encroachment, unfair trade practices, violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unreasonable restrictive covenants not-to-compete, and wrongful terminations. Mr. Goldstein also has an active practice in state and federal appeals cases as well as Mediations and Arbitrations.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Goldstein’s franchise attorney practice includes counseling and advising clients in negotiating settlements in franchise, dealer and distribution disputes. Mr. Goldstein has represented clients across the United States in almost every leading franchise system, with a specialization in hotel and restaurant franchises.

After graduating from law school, Jeff began his career at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition. After leaving the federal government, Jeff joined the Antitrust Litigation Departments of two of the largest corporate law firms in the world, Skadden, Arps and Morgan, Lewis in Washington, DC. Jeff then moved to Philadelphia where he was a Partner at Spector, Gadon Rosen, a litigation boutique in downtown Philadelphia.

Mr. Goldstein also has served as counsel to many national independent franchisee associations. In addition, Jeff Goldstein has served as an expert witness in several federal court franchise cases, and served as an exclusive member of a panel of franchise legal experts advising academics and businessmen including investment bankers.

Mr. Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with dual degrees in Philosophy and Economics in 1979. In 1983, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, where he also simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Economics. Jeff Goldstein regularly writes scholarly articles on distribution, economics and franchising, and has taught law at George Washington University Business School and Boston University as adjunct faculty.

Jeff Goldstein has a well-earned reputation for his unique ability to accurately handicap antitrust and franchise litigation and disputes. Jeff is also frequently sought out by litigants in major complex litigation for his trace record in devising creative, effective and winning strategies.

Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. Mr. Goldstein also has Bar memberships in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the United States District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Goldstein has also has been admitted to practice specifically or through Pro Hac Vice admission to the following federal courts: U.S. District Court Alabama, U.S. District Court Arizona; U.S. District Court California; U.S. District Court Colorado; U.S. District Court District of Columbia; U.S. District Court Florida; U.S. District Court Georgia; U.S. District Court Illinois; U.S. District Court Maryland; U.S. District Court Massachusetts; U.S. District Court Minnesota; U.S. District Court New Jersey; U.S. District Court New York, Eastern District; U.S. District Court New York, Southern District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Eastern District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Western District; U.S. District Court Pennsylvania, Middle District; U.S. District Court Tennessee; U.S. District Court Texas; U.S. District Court Virginia, Eastern District.

Dr. Sylvia Freygner, LL.M.

Sylvia Freygner is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sylvia directly using the contact details listed above.

Sylvia has been a licensed attorney in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland since 2007 and is an expert in European competition and international tax law. For more than ten years, Dr. Freygner has specialised in trademark law, vertical distribution channels, as well as concession and licensing models. Further, Dr. Freygner focuses on tax arrangements regarding assets, companies and international licensing systems. She also lectures in the Masters Program in International Tax Law at the University of Vaduz.

As a certified expert in fiscal criminal law, Dr. Freygner provides clients with professional and empathetic support in sophisticated and challenging fiscal criminal cases.

For the last five years, Dr. Freygner has led an independent research institute in Vienna that addresses topics related to European competition, liberalisation, and privatisation of state services.

In establishing the first Public Social Responsibility Institute for government services in Europe, Dr. Freygner initiated a new school of thought in the field of European business, competition, and procurement law. The resulting Public Social Responsibility Charta and the Public Social Responsibility Code provides the impetus for a European dialogue with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Freygner supports the Committee of the Centre of Excellence for the Public Economy, Infrastructure and Public Service e. V. at the University of Leipzig.

In 2017, she completed the Course on Strategic Leadership held by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Richard L Rosen

Attorney Richard Rosen, the founding member 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 franchisers and franchisees, both as counsel and as a business adviser.

Richard has been engaged in virtually all aspects of franchising during his career.  He has counselled and represented franchisers 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 franchisers and franchisees.  He has represented franchisers and franchisees in virtually every field, including: fast food, fitness, education, senior care, clothing sales, real estate brokerage, eye-wear, auto care, party planning, health care, coffee shops, ice cream shops, fitness and gyms, employee staffing, nutrition centres, child care and learning, tanning salons, yogurt shops, gas and service stations, and sign design.

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 a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He is the chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers’ Fair Franchising Standards Committee and a member of the AAFD’s board of directors.  In 2008 he received the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of franchising.  Richard and his firm have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity, and Richard is rated amongst Martindale Hubbell’s list of Preeminent Attorneys.  Richard has frequently lectured on a variety of franchise topics before various groups and organisations, including the American Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers.  He has been interviewed on both television and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times and Forbes Magazine, regarding franchising.

Dr. Moustafa Sayed

Dr. Moustafa Sayed is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in Syria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Moustafa directly using the contact details above.

Moustafa can speak fluent Arabic, French and English.

Firm Overview:

Sayed & Sayed is an international law firm based in Damascus, Syria. Founded in 1974, the firm has accumulated a speciality in diverse practice areas combining quality legal services with expertise in many legal disciplines allowing our lawyers to offer a reliable representation.

Our firm’s general practice encompasses a wide-range of areas including corporate law, banking and finance, intellectual property, contracts, international transaction, administrative law and public regulations.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in international litigation and in international commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce and other local, regional and international arbitration centres. Our lawyers are all trained as internationalists with a sophisticated sense of the different types of legal systems and the special character of transnational legal practice.

Sotiris Yanakakis

Sotiris Yanakakis attended the Law School of the Democrition University of Thrace (LL.B., Summa cum Laude, 1982) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1984). His LL.M. Thesis was: “Comparative study between the Hague and Hamburg Rules in the Carriage of Goods by Sea”. He was admitted to the Athens Bar in 1985 and transferred to the Piraeus Bar in 1987. He was worked as a associate with Bingham, Danna & Gould, Boston (1984) and has been associated with Piraeus Law Firms (1984 – 1993).

He is a co-author of the section on Greek Aviation Law in Longman’s “Capital Taxes and Estate Planning in Europe”(1992) and has published an article on the “Time Bar of Claims for Contribution to General Average” (Maritime Law Review, Dec. 1991). He has also publishes an Article on the “Legal Status and Practice of Franchising Agreement in Greece” Business and Company Law (1997).

S. Yanakakis speaks English. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Greece, Harvard Law Association of Europe, member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the franchise Association of Greece, member of American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and President of the Franchising Law and other Distribution Systems Association (Greek Franchising Law Association)

Firm Overview:

S Yanakakis A Kalogeropoulou Law Offices is a Greek law firm with its offices in Athens established in 1985, whose attorneys have been engaged in broad spectrum of international practice and have acquired considerable experience in serving an international clientele (Greece, Europe, United States). The firm has established an international network of correspondent relationships with local law offices which enables it to act fast and efficiently handling client matters.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles is a corporate and commercial partner based in Melbourne and Sydney, but with extensive international experience.  He leads the Australian Consumer Markets Group, and is global leader of our International Franchising Business Group.

Stephen’s particular proficiency includes the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements and the application of competition laws to product distribution, pricing and supply issues faced by manufacturers, franchisors and suppliers.  This includes recent amendments to the law in relation to good faith and unfair contract terms, where he has been intimately involved in the legislative process.  He also has extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and international commercial negotiations, and in providing legal and strategic advice for companies seeking to leverage their brands and expand internationally.

Stephen’s client list features many leading international brands, including 7-Eleven, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, BMW, Bounce, Caltex, Honda, Grill’d, helloworld, Kia, Luxottica, McDonald’s Australia, Nando’s, Nestle, Pandora, Quest, Retail Food Group, Steinhoff Asia Pacific, Stihl, Tempur Sealy International, Yum Brands. He has represented over 200 retailers and franchisors, and has pre-eminent connections into most major retail networks as well as at the highest levels with Government and regulators.

Stephen has served for almost 20 years on the board of the peak industry body, the Franchise Council of Australia, handling industry regulation and government relations and serving 5 terms as national chairman.  He has written numerous publications on franchising and competition and consumer law, including the authoritative text Franchising Law & Practice, and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia, Asia and the US. In 2009 he was inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame, and was ranked in the top 10 most respected international franchise lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is currently a member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee.

Practice:

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