David Steinberg

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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)

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  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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

    Director, 2005-2008

  • Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation of Youth and Families

    Member, 2004-2009
    President, 2009

Community Involvement

  • University of Michigan Board of Student Publications

    Board Member, 2011-2014

  • Walled Lake Schools Foundation for Excellence

    Board Member, 2008-2017

  • Temple Shir Shalom

    President, 2001-2003