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Richard L. Rosen (Click for Credentials)

Richard L. Rosen is the founding member of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, whose offices are located at 110 East 59th Street, New York, New York 10022. Mr. Rosen has been actively engaged in the practice of franchise law in New York City for over 35 years during which time he has represented many franchisers and franchisees both as counsel and as a business adviser.

Mr. Rosen has counseled and represented franchisers in the setting up of franchising systems and programs, formed franchising entities, drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, registration statements, disclosure documents and other ancillary franchise documents; he has represented franchisees and franchisee associations, and has litigated in both state and federal courts (and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals), arbitrated and mediated matters on behalf of both franchisers and franchisees. Mr. Rosen’s firm has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity and is rated among Martindale-Hubbell’s list of Preeminent Attorneys.

Mr. Rosen is the immediate past Chairman of the Fair Franchising Standards Committee, having served in that position for nine years, and a member of the AAFD’s Board of Directors. He is also a past Chairman of the Legal Steering Committee and the Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the AAFD. In 2008 he received the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of franchising. He has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising and its Anti-Trust Section since 1968, a founding member and present Chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (and the Chairman of its Franchisee Relations and its Mission Statement Committees), is a Panel Member of the Committees on Franchising and Corporate Law sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Mr. Rosen is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program; a member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Distinguished Panel of Neutrals in conjunction with the National Franchise Mediation Program and has served as an arbitrator and mediator of franchise cases. Richard Rosen and the firm have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity and Richard is rated among Martindale Hubbell’s List of Preeminent Attorneys.

Richard is listed in Who’s Who in AmericaWho’s Who in American LawWho’s Who in the WorldBest Lawyers in America, “101 Best Franchise Lawyers in America” (the Franchise Times), a charter member of the Franchise Times “Hall of Fame” of Franchise Attorneys, Best Lawyers in the U.S., America’s Super Lawyers, the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

He has frequently lectured on a variety of franchise topics before various groups and organizations, including the American Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar Association, and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Nassau County Bar Association and the AAFD and has been interviewed on both television and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times and Forbes Magazine, regarding franchising. Mr. Rosen is a contributor to “Franchising 101, The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business” compiled by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and has written various articles on the legal and business aspects of franchising.

Richard L. Rosen and his firm are engaged in a general, commercial practice that includes active involvement in the fields of franchising, corporate, real estate, and trust and estates law. Mr. Rosen has been a real estate developer for many years and has represented many commercial clients in their real estate development, acquisition and leasing endeavors. The firm also maintains an active state and federal court litigation practice and is engaging in other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Mr. Rosen is married to Doris and the father of three children, Max, and twins Mollie and Hannah, whom he has coached in soccer, basketball, baseball, football and track. Richard served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Jericho Athletic Association, which provides athletic programs for school children residing in the Jericho Community. He still coaches a “kids” track team, the Jericho Jets, and competes in Masters Track as a sprinter. Many of Richard’s athletes have been division and county champions and have competed at the State and National championship level.

John Karol (Click for Credentials)

Prior to joining The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, Mr. Karol worked at the firms of Liddle & Robinson, L.L.P. (2002-2006); Thompson Wigdor & Gilly LLP (2006-2007), and Michael Faillace & Assoc., P.C. (2007-2010).

Mr. Karol initially represented individuals in the financial services industry in a wide variety of securities, regulatory, contract and employment matters in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations before the NYSE and NASD (now FINRA). He has negotiated numerous complex separation agreements and compensation agreements for both employees and management, and has served as “class counsel” in several federal employment-related litigations. He has also advised small and large business entities, including “Fortune 500” companies, on various employment matters, such as drafting employment manuals and policy manuals.

Mr. Karol expanded his practice in 2006 to include general litigation, and obtained substantial experience litigating many federal class actions and “collective actions” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on behalf of classes of wage and hour plaintiff classes. In addition to his experience in state and federal courts, Mr. Karol has also practiced in numerous Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums, including the AAA and JAMS.

In 2010, Mr. Karol brought his practice to The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, where he continues litigating a wide variety of commercial matters and disputes in addition to maintaining his prior employment litigation practice. In 2014, Mr. Karol was made a partner of the firm.

Mr. Karol is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Leonard S. Salis (Click for Credentials)

Leonard Salis is a Brooklyn Law School graduate with over 17 years of legal experience. Working closely with Richard Rosen since August 2002, Leonard has acquired an expansive knowledge of franchise law and franchise-related matters. He became a Partner at the firm in April of 2010. Over the last 17 years, Leonard has also gained significant experience in the practice areas of corporate law, real estate, trusts and estates, and commercial litigation.

Leonard is admitted to practice law before the courts of the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Federal Districts of New York as well as the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, as well as the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Leonard and his wife, Andrea, have two sons: Mason and Jacob.

Avi Strauss (Click for Credentials)

Avi Strauss joined Rosen Karol & Salis, PLLC as an associate in 2016. He focuses his practice on litigating franchise and business-related disputes in state and federal court, and in arbitration. Earlier in his career, Mr. Strauss also developed an expertise in litigating landlord-tenant and real estate matters. Mr. Strauss received his J.D. in 2013 from Fordham University School of Law and is currently admitted to practice in the states of New York and New Jersey, and in the EDNY and SDNY.

Dennison Marzocco (Click for Credentials)

Dennison Marzocco is a transactional Associate at the firm engaged in a diverse range of business transactions, including franchise matters, contracts, intellectual property, business formation, and commercial leasing transactions. Prior to joining Rosen Karol and Salis, PLLC in 2019, Dennison was an associate at the Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont. Dennison received his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2011 and his B.A. (history) from Washington and Lee University in 2008, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

Shmuel Winiarz (Click for Credentials)

Shmuel Winiarz is an associate who focuses his practice on commercial litigation, franchise law and trusts & estates law. Mr. Winiarz represents clients in all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts, and in arbitration. Prior to joining Rosen Karol and Salis, PLLC in 2019, Mr. Winiarz gained experience in securities litigation and trusts & estates law. Mr. Winiarz also has experience in government affairs and advocacy.

Mr. Winiarz received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013 and his B.A in Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the SDNY. A native of Toronto, Canada, Shmuel and his wife Cheryl are parents to their delightful son Kenny.

Stacy L. Weiss (Click for Credentials)

Attorney Stacy L. Weiss is a retired New York City Police Detective with more than 20 years on the force. She served in the Civil Enforcement Unit for several years, working on many nuisance abatement cases involving violations and closings. This hands-on experience Stacy acquired during that time gives her a distinct advantage over other New York liquor violations lawyers.