David T. Azrin

Tel: 212-935-3131, Ext. 311
Fax: 212-935-4514

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Areas of Practice


Mr. Azrin represents individuals and businesses in litigation and transactional business law matters.

In the area of litigation, Mr. Azrin has handled litigation matters involving a variety of business disputes, including contracts, fraud, defamation, tortious interference, franchise, securities, trademarks, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, employment banking, and real estate related disputes. He has substantial courtroom experience, including more than 18 trials, of which 9 were jury trials. He has appeared in the state and federal trial and appellate courts in a number of states, including Florida, New York, New Jersey, California and Delaware, as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.

In the area of employment law, Mr. Azrin has handled matters involving wrongful termination; race, age, sex, and disability discrimination; retaliation; whistleblowers; overtime wages; medical leave; unpaid wages; employee handbooks; employment contracts; severance agreements; non-compete agreements; confidentiality agreements; and trade secrets.

In the area of franchising, Mr. Azrin represents start-up and established franchisors and master franchisors, as well as franchisees. With respect to franchisors, Mr. Azrin has assisted start-up franchisors to prepare their franchise agreements and Franchise Disclosure Documents, comply with state registration requirements, prepare and negotiate master franchise agreements, register and defend trademarks, and resolve disputes with franchisees. With respect to franchisees, Mr. Azrin has helped franchisees negotiate franchise agreements, negotiate lease agreements, form corporations, prepare shareholders agreements, purchase existing franchises, and resolve disputes with franchisors. Mr. Azrin has been named a “Legal Eagle” by the Franchise Times magazine. Legal Eagles are the top 125 lawyers in franchising, as nominated by their peers and determined by a Franchise Times editorial panel.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • New York, 1999
  • New Jersey, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. J.D. 1988
    > Law Review, Note Editor, University of Michigan Law Review, 1986-1988
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1985
    >  Major: Economics, with Honors
    >  Major: Political Science, with Distinction
    >  Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon
Published Works and Presentations

  • “Employment Law Seminar,” February 2011, New York City Small Business Solutions.
  • “Setting Minimum Resale Prices - Don’t Even Think About It,” Gallet Dreyer & Berkey LLP Newsletter, Summer, 2010.
  • “Employment Law Changes for 2010,” Gallet Dreyer & Berkey LLP Newsletter, Spring 2010.
  • “Franchising in the United States - Where to Start,” Featured Article, Franspeak, World Franchise News, April, 2010.
  • “Franchisors: What You Need To Know About Complying With The New FTC Franchise Rule For Franchise Documents,” Webinar Seminar, May 7, 2008, sponsored by FranchiseHelp.
  • “Proposed Changes to the FTC's Franchise Rule,” IFA Franchise Business Network Meeting, New York, New York, February 8, 2005.
  • “Refranchising Company Operated Units,” Moderator, Business Roundtable, IFA Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 2004.
  • “Avoiding Misunderstandings When Using a Subsidiary to Limit Potential Liability,” Franchising World, January 2003.
  • “Expanding Your Business? Consider franchising.” Westchester County Business Journal, January 13, 2002.
  • “Federal Court Review of Arbitrary State Court Decisions,” Michigan Law Review, Volume 86, No. 8, August 1988.
Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

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