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Michael Einbinder has over thirty years of experience as a commercial litigator and business attorney. Michael has handled complex business cases in all courts and arbitration and mediation forums. His cases involve contract breaches, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and shareholder disputes. A substantial portion of Michael's practice involves franchise clients in the restaurant, retail, hospitality, real estate, optical, recreation, home improvement, health care, education and child care industries. For franchisors, Michael has handled trademark infringement claims, termination issues, non-compete agreements, breach of contract and fraud cases. For franchisees, he has litigated an array of claims involving franchise disclosure and relationship law violations, fraud, breaches of contract, non-competes and terminations.

Michael also represents franchise clients in business transactions. These include private equity firm acquisitions of franchisor companies and multi-unit franchise networks. Michael also prepares Franchise Disclosure Documents for franchisors and reviews FDDs and negotiates franchise agreements for franchisees. He also handles business structuring, and prepares shareholder and operating agreements. Michael also works with clients to develop exit and succession planning strategies.

Michael is a frequent speaker at events hosted by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, and other venues. Michael has also authored numerous publications and articles for the American Bar Association and other organizations. Michael’s next writing contributions will be for two ABA Forum on Franchising publications, releasing in 2020.In addition to his representation of his clients in the matters described above Michael is an American Arbitration Association arbitrator.

Contact & Links


  • 112 Madison Avenue, Eighth Floor
    New York, NY 10016


  • Clark University, B.A.
  • Pace University, J.D.
  • University of London

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2/25/1981

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Franchise Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Franchise Law, New York City (2023)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Franchise Law


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