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David  T. Azrin

Primary Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Franchising Distribution and Licensing
Employment Law
Intellectual Property
Food, Wine, Restaurant and Hospitality
Trademarks and Brands


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


  • 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

David T. Azrin
Tel: 212-935-3131, Ext. 311
Fax: 212-935-4514
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Mr. Azrin represents individuals and businesses in litigation and transactional business law matters.

Employment Law Blog iconIn 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 in 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, distribution and licensing, Mr. Azrin represents start-up and established franchisors, manufacturers, distributors, 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.

For many consecutive years, Franchise Times has honored Mr. Azrin as a “Legal Eagle." Legal Eagles are the top 125 lawyers in franchising, as nominated by their peers and as determined by a Franchise Times editorial panel.

Mr. Azrin has also been selected to the prestigious New York Metro Super Lawyers list appearing in The New York Times Magazine.

In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Azrin has assisted clients in registering trademarks and copyrights, litigated trademark and copyright infringement claims, and handled domain name disputes.

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

Published Works and Presentations




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