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Harold L. Kestenbaum

Harold Kestenbaum
Phone: 215.525.1165 x136


J.D. University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia

B.A. Queens College, Queens, New York

Harold L. Kestenbaum


Harold L. Kestenbaum joined Spadea Lignana in 2019, bringing decades of unrivaled experience in the franchise industry. He is located in the Wantagh, New York, office.

Harold is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, the Antitrust Section’s Forum Committee on Franchising, and the Subcommittee on Franchising of the American Bar Association’s Corporation Banking and Business Law Section.

He is a founding member and past Chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section, and he currently serves as Chairman for its Education and Seminar Subcommittee and was a member of the International Franchise Association’s Supplier Forum Advisory Board.

He has won numerous awards, including being named among the top 100 franchise lawyers in North America by Franchise Times and being named one of the three best franchise lawyers in the New York metro area by New York Magazine.


Harold is a franchise attorney who is focused on franchise law and other matters relating to franchising since 1977. He has served as a franchise attorney to numerous regional, national, and international franchise companies across multiple industries.


Harold received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971 from Queens College in Queens, New York, and earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Virginia, in 1975, where he was a member of Law Review. He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Law,” “The Best Lawyers in America” (Franchising), and is on the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

In the 1980s, Harold served as Franchise and General Counsel to Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of more than 1,000 family-style Italian restaurants, and he served as a director until  2006.

During the late 1980s, he also served as President and Chairman of the Board of FranchiseIt Corporation, the first publicly traded company specializing in business franchise marketing, consulting services, and equity financing for emerging franchise companies, which he co-founded.

Harold literally wrote the book on franchising with So You Want To Franchise Your Business. Fred DeLuca, co-founder of the Subway franchise, wrote this about the book:

“Back when we first started, franchising was hardly the phenomenon it is today. It has grown into a vital economic force, enabling more and more people to achieve the American dream…But some elements have not changed at all. To make a go of franchising, you need capable franchisees who understand your product or service, and know how to turn a profit. You also need expert advice…Harold has become synonymous with franchising: he has advised some of the most popular franchises, from the startup phase to the established.”

He has published many articles related to franchising, franchise law, and franchise consulting for the ABA Forum Committee as well as publications like the Franchise Law Journal and Franchise Lawyer, and frequently lectures before numerous organizations and law schools about franchising.


Harold is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and representing companies that want to expand their business model via franchising.

Outside of franchising, he spends much of his time with his four grandsons, which gives him the proper perspective on what life is all about.

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