Experienced and Renowned Commercial Trial and Business Lawyers. Nationally Awarded Leaders in Franchise Law representing Franchisees from over 500 brands in 40 states and 20 countries. Awarded "Best Law Firms" by Best Lawyers © in U.S. News & World Report.
Robert Zarco, Founding Partner of Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski, & Brito, P.A., has been at the forefront of protecting the legal rights and interests of business clients in the USA and internationally for over 35 years, handling complex commercial trials, legal transactions, disputes and other litigation in Federal and State Courts, as well as Arbitration and Mediation. A very well-known and experienced aggressive and creative Trial Lawyer and negotiator, Zarco is frequently awarded legal industry distinctions including “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 for Franchise by Best Lawyers of America©, “Top Dealmakers of the Year” for Real Estate by Daily Business Review, Most Effective Real Estate Lawyer in S. Florida, “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times, “South Florida’s Top Lawyers” by Miami Herald, “Top Attorneys in Florida”, and one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers”. The Firm is repeatedly listed in U.S. News and World Report among “Best Law Firms” by Best Lawyers of America ©, listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Zarco leads a team of experienced attorneys who have a long track record of helping franchises and other businesses form, manage, grow, restructure, exit, and defend their legal transactions and disputes, including but not limited to real estate, insurance, intellectual property, employment, and so much more. Robert Zarco is especially renowned by the legal world nationwide as a trial lawyer and advocate for franchisees in all aspects of franchise law, and argues for clients nationally in many state and federal courts. He also actively lobbies federal congresspersons and state legislators representing the franchisees’ interests and promoting the enactment of “Fair Franchising” legislation among their other business interests.
Mr. Zarco travels extensively lecturing and teaching seminars on vital legal business issues and topics to attorneys, business organizations, franchisee associations, franchisors, universities, the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Franchise Association (IFA), the Coalition of Franchisees Association (CFA), the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and many others. Broadly recognized as one of the nation’s top franchise trial lawyers, Robert Zarco has provided professional testimony before various state legislatures including California (“Why Venue Provisions in Franchise Agreements Must be Void as a Matter of Law”), Maryland (“The Way to Bring Fairness to Franchising”), Arizona (“The Necessity of Franchise Legislation”), Connecticut (“The Benefits of Enacting Franchise Legislation”), and New York (“From Litigation to Legislation – Leveling the Playing Field Between Franchisees and Franchisors”). Additionally, Mr. Zarco travels nationwide presenting lectures on topics vital to franchisees and has appeared on radio and television programs, including CNBC “Minding Your Business,” CNBC “How To Succeed In Business,” PBS “Nightly Business Report,” “Your Financial Future with Jonathon Pond,” “The Judy Jarvis Show,” and CBS “Eye To Eye with Connie Chung,” to provide expert commentary on specific franchise cases, and franchising in general. Mr. Zarco has also published articles including “Practical Aspects of Franchisee Representation; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Which Method is Best for Your Client,” “Know Your Legal Rights,” and “Tips for the Franchisee in Pursuit of the American Dream.” He has authored and been quoted in a multitude of magazine and newspaper articles and videos and has appeared on several radio and television programs, throughout the United States and internationally, in order to provide professional commentary on a variety of business issues and trends in general, as well as on specific legal cases which the firm has handled in which the rulings have served as important legal precedents for the franchise community.
Robert Zarco graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He further developed his extensive background in business, accounting and finance during his employment at General Motors Corp in New York as a management level Financial Analyst, while simultaneously attending Pace University Graduate School of Business MBA Finance program in New York. Zarco developed a great curiosity for the Law and ultimately graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Zarco is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and federal courts in many other jurisdictions on a special appearance basis, just to name a few.
With Zarco as Founder and Senior partner, the firm has earned significant victories for clients, and has established legal precedents which have paved the way for courts to understand the complexities of the franchise relationship in particular. Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. has been repeatedly in the forefront of important franchise law issues, such as encroachment/cannibalization, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud in the inducement, fraudulent concealment, and breach of contract, in addition to statutory violations of state and federal franchise laws.
Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. represents franchisees from over 500 brands in more than 40 states and 20 countries on disputes against major franchise systems in the hotel, restaurant, dealership, and other service industries. Past and present clients include franchisees of Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Best Western, Ramada, Quality Inn, Planet Fitness, Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Tony Roma’s, Miami Subs, Pizza Hut, Johnny Rockets, T.C.B.Y., Haagen Dazs, Checkers, Rally’s, TGI Friday’s, Hard Rock Café, Fat Tuesdays, Little Caesars’, Jack-in-the- Box, Denny’s, Bonanza, Manhattan Bagel, Subway, Blimpie, Schlotzsky’s, 7-Eleven, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Decorating Den, Oil Express, Corner Bakery, Moe’s Southwest Grille, Coldstone Creamery, Carl’s Jr., Camp Bow Wow, Carvel, Chevron, Hair Club for Men, Domino’s, Papa John’s. Golden Corral, Naked Pizza, Papa Murphy’s, Red Brick Pizza, Payless Car Rental, Remax, Sotheby’s, Smoothie King, Steak & Shake, Tutor Time, Wolfgang Puck and ServPro, among many many others. Mr. Zarco and the Firm have also represented Franchisee Associations including 7-Eleven, TCBY, Johnny Rockets, Little Caesars, Wood You Furniture, Roto-Rooter, Papa John’s, Massage Envy, Edible Arrangements, among many others.
Fluent in the Spanish language, Robert was born in Cuba and came to New York with his parents in 1961 at the age of 2, fleeing Communism and leaving all material possessions behind. The sacrifices of his parents combined with Robert’s personal drive, determination, and hard work led him to great achievements. Beginning at the age of 7 as an entrepreneur in the landscape business, he converted his substantial earnings into a real estate investment to buy his first rental property as a college freshman. As a Community Leader and Philanthropist, Zarco has served on the Board of Trustees for the Public Health Trust/Jackson Health System, as well as in the University of Maryland Board of Trustees. He supports many charitable causes that are dear to his heart such as The Jewish Federation, AIPAC, Rambam Hospital in Israel, Israel Bonds, and Temple Menorah among many others. Robert is an avid yachtsman who loves the outdoors, boating, and being out in the open water; he is also an amateur Chef, hosting parties and fund-raisers for many great causes. Zarco loves to collect automobiles and displays his new art collection at the law firm’s luxurious new offices in Downtown Miami. Together with his family and three grown children, Robert loves to travel and lives his life to the fullest. He truly lives by the mottos he cherishes most: “Work hard, Play hard” and “Live, Learn, Love, and Laugh”.
• Franchise Law
• Complex Business & Commercial Law
• Commercial Trial Lawyer
• Business Litigation & Disputes
• Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation
• Real Estate & Insurance Disputes Resolution and Litigation
• Intellectual Property Disputes Resolution & Litigation
• Employment Law Disputes Resolution & Litigation
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1985||08/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lawyer of the Year in Franchise||Best Lawyers in America||2020|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2020|
|Legal Eagle||Franchise Times||2020|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2020|
|Top Dealmakers of the Year in Real Estate/Land||Daily Business Review||2016|
|AV Rating for Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell®||N/A|
|Top Impact Legal Leader||South Florida Business Journal||N/A|
|Top Lawyer||South Florida Legal Guide||N/A|
|South Florida's Top Lawyers||Miami Herald||N/A|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||N/A|
|Founding Senior Partner||Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, PA||1996 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Zarco & Associates||1992 - 1996|
|Financial Analyst||General Motors Corporation||1980 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Dade County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|University of Miami School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Harvard University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|CFA Coalition of Franchisees Webinar||Handling Business Interruption/Loss Insurance Claims Due to Civil Authority Mandates/COVID-19||2020|
|RKW Residential 15 for 15 Webinar||Landlord/Tenant Disputes and Force Majeure||2020|
|7-Eleven Franchisee National Coalition Conference||NLRB Decision: Joint Employer||2016|
|DCBA Bench & Bar Conference||Arbitration Best Practices & Useful Tools for Effectively Solving Your Clients' Disputes||2016|
|FIU Graduation||Keynote Commencement Speaker||2015|
|Dunkin Donuts Independent Franchise Owners National Conference||Protecting Your Rights as Franchisees||2015|
|Asian American Hotel Owners Association Conference||Staying Ahead in Hotel Franchising During Difficult Economic Times||2012|
|American Bar Association Conference||Proving Irreparable Harm-Have the Standards Changed?||2012|
|Florida Bar Franchise Seminar||The Ten Most Dangerous Provisions In A Franchise Agreement||2003|
|U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's "Franchising Today" Orientation Seminar||Franchise Relationship Laws In US Territories||2003|
|The Hardee's Convention||The 10 Most Dangerous Contract Clauses In The Hardee's Franchise Agreement||2002|
|The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce||Franchising Today: Exploring New Markets & New Opportunities||2002|
|The Cuban American CPA Association||Financial Management Of A Franchised Business And The Role Of The CPA||2002|
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