David W. Oppenheim

David W. Oppenheim


David W. Oppenheim concentrates his practice on domestic and international franchising, licensing and distribution matters. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading, national franchise attorney. He advises both emerging and mature companies with respect to planning, structuring and implementing national and international franchise, distribution and licensing programs, including negotiating franchise agreements, ancillary agreements, regulatory compliance, including the preparation of franchise disclosure documents and securing registration of franchise offerings in the United States and abroad.

David is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions and sophisticated financing transactions, including the securitizations of a franchisor’s royalty stream. He represents private equity firms and public and private companies in the acquisition of franchise, licensing and distribution systems.

David routinely counsels clients regarding the implementation of compliance programs and system-wide standards. He also advises franchise clients regarding complex franchise relationship issues and disputes.


  • Franchising, licensing and distribution
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate law
  • Dispute resolution
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  • Represented private equity firm in its $26 billion acquisition of a California-based guest lodging franchisor of seven separate franchised brands and securitization financing of the franchisor’s royalty stream.
  • Represented private equity firm in its $1.9 billion acquisition of one of the nation’s largest motel and extended stay chains.
  • Represented private equity firm in its acquisition of one of the world’s largest quick service chicken restaurants.
  • Represented private equity firm in its $2.4 billion acquisition of one of the country’s largest hamburger quick service restaurants.
  • Represented private equity firm in its acquisition of a leading residential lawn care franchisor.
  • Represented numerous franchisors in the guest lodging and restaurant sectors and lenders and insurers in the securitization of franchise royalty streams.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers In America, Franchise Law Section, 2009-2017
    • Listed, "Franchise Lawyer of the Year- New York," 2013, 2017
  • Listed, Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle," 2006–2017
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Nationwide Franchising, 2013-2017
  • Named, Client Service All-Star, BTI Client Service All-Stars Report, 2015
  • Listed, International Who’s Who Legal, Franchise Law, 2011-2014
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
    • Co-Chair, 39th Annual Forum on Franchising, November 2016
    • Governing Committee, 2013-Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Chair, Business Law Section, 2015-2016
    • Chair, Franchise Licensing & Distribution Law Committee, 2010-2013
    • Business Law Section, Executive Committee, 2009-Present
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association, Franchise Law Committee
  • Member, International Franchise Association


  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1991
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania