Practice areas

Franchise/Dealership, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate

Focus areas

Arbitration, Mediation

Richard L. Rosen, the founding member of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, based in New York, has established himself as a prominent figure in the realm of franchise law. With over four decades of legal expertise, he serves a diverse clientele spanning both the state of New York and various jurisdictions nationwide. Mr. Rosen specializes in offering counsel to franchisors and franchisees, aiding in the establishment of franchise entities, systems, and programs, the creation and negotiation of franchise agreements, and the resolution of disputes through arbitration, mediation, or litigation.

Beyond franchise law, Mr. Rosen boasts a wealth of experience encompassing corporate law, commercial litigation, real estate law and transactions (with nearly 20 years of property development in New York City), as well as estates and trusts. His dedication to assisting clients in efficiently resolving conflicts and reaching agreements is evident in his dual focus on transactional matters and alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. When the situation necessitates, Mr. Rosen and his firm are not hesitant to advocate on behalf of their clients in a courtroom.

In every case, Mr. Rosen remains fully committed to safeguarding his clients’ rights and interests, tirelessly working to help them achieve their unique objectives, regardless of complexity. His unwavering dedication to client service has earned him numerous accolades and honors throughout his career, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and recognition from various peer review sources as one of the nation’s premier franchise attorneys.

Mr. Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Cornell University in 1965, where he was a New York State Regents Scholar. He obtained his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1968, receiving the American Jurisprudence Prize in Criminal Law. In the same year, he was admitted to practice by the New York State Bar Association, and he also holds admissions to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits.

Actively engaged in the legal community, Mr. Rosen has served as the immediate past chair of the Fair Franchising Standards Committee and holds a position on the board of directors of the American Association of Franchisees & Dealers. His outstanding contributions to the field led to him receiving the organization’s Total Quality Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Additionally, he played a pivotal role as a founding member and past Chairman of the Franchise, Distribution, and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, where he chaired both the Franchise Relations and Mission Statement Committees.

Furthermore, Mr. Rosen maintains an active presence in various other professional legal organizations and is a prolific author, lecturer, and seminar presenter, with a focus on franchise law and other legal topics. His contributions include co-authoring sections on Franchise Law in the United States for several editions of the (International) Franchise Law Review, as well as the US Franchise Law Analysis in the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise. His firm has also authored sections on Franchise Law in the States of New York and New Jersey for Lexology’s Digital Editions of Franchise USA. Mr. Rosen and his firm contributed the Chapter on Real Estate Development In The Cross-Border Franchise Context to the 2022 Edition of Lexology GTDT Franchise. Recently, he completed a Chapter on litigation from the franchisee perspective, set to appear in a Franchisee Guidebook published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Rosen’s accolades include listings in Who’s Who in America and his selection to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, recognition in Who’s Who In American Law, Best Lawyers In America, Who’s Who In the World, “101 Best Franchise Lawyers In America” (the Franchise Times), membership in the Franchise Times Hall of Fame of Franchise Attorneys as a Charter Member, Best Lawyers in the US, Chambers, Attorney of the Year (New York, 2015), America’s Super Lawyers, Best Attorneys in America, Who’s Who Legal (Franchise), and the International Who’s Who (Legal Compendium Edition). He is also a recipient of the Global Award for Franchise Law. From 2016 to 2022, Mr. Rosen was honored as Franchise Attorney of the Year for the United States by Lawyer Monthly and received the Global Award for Franchise Attorney of the Year in the US from Finance Monthly in 2019. He also earned the Global 100 award as Franchise Attorney of the Year in the USA in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and was named Franchise Lawyer of the Year in the United States by International Finance and Law in 2017, 2018, and 2019, as well as Franchise Lawyer of the Year-USA for 2020 by Lawyer International. In 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Richard was recognized as one of the 100 Best Attorneys In The World by In 2020, he and his firm were named Best (International) Franchise Law Firm by Global Publications.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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