Since 1977, Harold Kestenbaum has been one of the world’s foremost franchise attorneys, compiling an unparalleled list of clients that make up a Who’s Who of the franchise food industry. From May 1982 until September 1986, Kestenbaum served as franchise and general counsel to Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of more than a thousand family-style Italian restaurants, and also served as a Director on Sbarro’s Board from March 1985 to December 2006. Other more notable clients along the way include 1-800-FLOWERS, Nathan's Famous, and Five Guys, one of the leading burger franchises of our day.
From September 1983 to October 1989, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of FranchiseIt Corporation, the first publicly traded company specializing in providing marketing, consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies. Kestenbaum has more than 140 active franchise clients in foodservice and other retail sectors.