Primary Practice AreasCorporate Law
Franchising Distribution and Licensing
Food, Wine, Restaurant and Hospitality
EDUCATIONUniversity 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
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 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
- New York Wage Law Update | Winter 2015 Newsletter
- Updating Franchise Disclosure Documents | Summer 2015 Newsletter
- New York Wage Law Update | Winter 2014 Newsletter
- Trademark Protection in the Age of Expanding Internet Domain Names | Fall 2014 Newsletter
- Increasing Efforts to Impose Employment Law Liability on Franchisors | Fall 2014 Newsletter
- New Franchise Rules Require Separate Disclosure Documents for Area Representative Agreements | Fall 2014 Newsletter
- Tips and Reminders for Employers | Summer 2014 Newsletter
- Franchise Law Update - New Regulations and Recent Court Decisions Affecting Franchising | Winter 2012 Newsletter
- Trademarks - The Importance of Registering and Policing Your Brand | Fall 2012 Newsletter
- Three Commonly Asked Wage and Hour Law Questions | Spring 2012 Newsletter
- New Law Requires Employers to Give Annual Pay Notice to All Employees Starting January 2012 | Fall 2011 Newsletter
- “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.