David is an attorney in Taft’s Franchise & Distribution group. He specializes in the development of start-up franchise systems and distributorships, licensing, registration, litigation, and the arbitration of franchise disputes. He has formerly served as General Counsel to a publicly-held franchise company and regularly advises franchisors and franchisees throughout the United States. David is certified by The International Franchise Association as a Certified Franchise Executive.
Honoree, “Legal Eagle” Franchise Lawyer, Franchise Times Magazine (2016 – 2022)
Honoree, Metro Detroit’s Top Franchise Lawyer, dBusiness (2010-2016, 2020 – 2022)
Honoree, Michigan Super Lawyers, Franchise & Dealership (2019 – present)
All Service Areas
- University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Article and Book Review Editor – Detroit Mercy Law Review
- Georgetown University Law School
LL.M. – International Trade Regulation
- University of Michigan
B.A. – History and Communications
- State - Michigan
- State - California (inactive status)
Speeches and Publications
- Speaker, “EB-5 Investor Program Offers Source of Funding for Franchises,” ABA Forum on Franchising, November 14, 2014.
- Panelist, 2009 ABA Forum Committee on Franchising: “Inside a Franchise Arbitration.”
- Guest Speaker, Direct Selling Association, Washington, D.C., February 2004.
- Program Host, “Legal Talk, “Franchise Focus, and “Its Your Business,” Comcast Cable, 1995-2001.
- Author, “Uncertainty Abounds. The Joint Employer Doctrine and the Franchise Business Model,” Michigan Bar Journal, May 2017.
- Author, “The Accidental Franchise,” Michigan Bar Journal, December 2014.
- Author, “What Do You Mean I Can’t Renew?” The Franchise Lawyer, Summer 2013.
- Co-Author, “Contrasting Perspectives on Franchise Terminations: The Franchisee’s Perspective,” Michigan Bar Journal, December 2012.
- Co-author, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” Franchise Law Journal, Summer, 2007.
- Contributor, Los Angles Daily Law Journal, 1990.
- Co-Author, “Great Expectation for Franchising: The 1984 Amendments to the Michigan Franchise Investment Law,” Michigan Bar Journal, January 1984.
- Contributor, “Application of the Antitrust and Labor Exemptions to Collective Bargaining of the Reserve System in Professional Baseball,” Wayne Law Review, vol. 28, p. 1301, 1982.
- Contributor, “The Role of Section 2 of the Sherman Act in International Patent Fraud: Walk Tall and Carry a Big Stick, Washington University Law Review, vol. 59, p. 123, 1981.
- Comment, “The National Hockey League Reserve System: A Restraint of Trade?” University of Detroit Urban Law Review, 1979.
- International Franchise Association
Franchise Relations Committee
Social Media Task Force Member, 2013
Acquisition Task Force Member, 2013
- Michigan Bar Association
Chairman, Antitrust and Franchise Section, 2016
- State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
Member, Anti-Trust Section
Member, Forum Committee on Franchising
- Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation of Youth and Families
- University of Michigan Board of Student Publications
Board Member, 2011-2014
- Walled Lake Schools Foundation for Excellence
Board Member, 2008-2017
- Temple Shir Shalom