Justin M. Klein is considered one of the leading franchise and business attorneys in the United States. Chambers USA describes Justin as: “a very passionate lawyer”, “very strong, savvy and efficient”, “a big picture guy”. He is one of only 138 lawyers from throughout the United States and 323 attorneys worldwide named to the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is recognized as a ‘Legal Eagle’, one of the nation’s leading franchise attorneys, by the Franchise Times, and has been designated a New Leader of the Bar, one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 years of age by the New Jersey Law Journal. He is also considered as Super Lawyer.
Justin has helped catapult Marks & Klein, LLP into one of the leading business and franchise law firms in the United States. Justin focuses his practice in the areas of franchise law, commercial litigation and transactions, and wealth preservation. He has served as legal counsel to businesses, both privately held and publicly traded, as well as individuals in transactions, litigation, arbitration and mediation throughout the United States and internationally.
Justin has served as lead counsel in some of the most prominent franchise litigation matters amassing hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements or awards. Justin also counsels and consults with businesses on methods of expansion and development including franchising, licensing, formation of strategic partnerships and other methods of distribution. And, Justin has also counseled a broad array of start-up concepts and emerging businesses that have been considered some of the fastest growing franchise and business concepts in the United States.
Justin also lends his legal expertise to business owners, helping them protect the wealth they have created and amassed by implementing effective estate planning, wealth management and asset protection strategies. Besides his focus in the areas of franchise and business law, he also counsel’s business owners and partners to create a successful business succession.
Justin is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, the District of Colorado, the District of Wisconsin. the Southern District of Indiana, the District of Nebraska and the Eastern District of Michigan, numerous Courts of Appeal and has handled matters throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.
- Siemer v. Quizno’s Franchise Co. LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82433 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 13, 2010) (Counsel for Plaintiff Franchisees in class action settlement valued at $206 Million).
- Desantis v. Snap-On Tools Co., LLC, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78362 (D.N.J. Oct. 27, 2006) (Counsel for Plaintiff Franchisees in class action settlement valued at approximately $125 Million).
- Bray v. QFA Royalties LLC, 486 F. Supp. 2d 1237 (D. Colo. 2007) (Successfully represented franchisees in obtaining injunction from termination of franchise rights for allegedly violating provisions of the franchise agreement). This case was considered one of the Top 5 Landmark Lawsuits Affecting Franchisees of 2007 in a presentation at the American Bar Association forum on Franchising and in the book titled Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2007.
- Cutrone v. Java’s Brewin’ Development, Inc., Docket No. L-4639-06 (N.J. Super. April 7, 2009) (Jamie S. Perri, P.J.Cv., entered a judgment for Plaintiffs against franchisor, principal in franchise company and franchise sales person for fraud and various contract claims, with interest, attorney’s fees and costs in the amount of $241,646 on behalf of three individuals who invested money to purchase and operate a Java’s Brewin’ franchise).
- Westerfield v. Quizno’s Franchise Co., Civil Action No.: 06-cv-1210 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 16, 2008) (Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion on reconsideration of dismissal of claims of racketeering and fraud by franchisor and allowed putative class of franchisees to proceed on claims under federal RICO statutes and fraud).
- Bonanno v. Quiznos Master LLC, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21678 (D. Colo. March 5, 2008) (Successfully opposed Defendant franchisor’s motion to dismiss class complaint for violation of consumer protection act, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud and other claims filed on behalf of over 3,000 franchisees).
- Bonanno v. Quiznos Master LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26458 (D. Colo. Apr. 10, 2007) (Obtained protective order on behalf of putative class members where franchisor was unilaterally soliciting releases through inappropriate communications).
- Westerfield v. Quizno’s Franchise Co., LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25968 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 6, 2007) (Obtained protective order on behalf of putative class members where franchisor was unilaterally soliciting releases through inappropriate communications).
Recent Publications and Lectures
IFA 2016 Annual Convention, Panel Member, “Franchisees and License Agreements…Things You Need to Know”.
IFA’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium, Program Director: “A Walk on the Wild Side: When Franchisor and Franchisee are on the Same Side of the ‘V’”.
IFA’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium Task Force Member.
2015 International Franchise Expo, Panelist, “Acquiring an Existing Business or Franchise…Why New Jersey? Why Now?”.
2015 AAHOA Annual Convention, Panel Member, Franchise Relations Panel
IFA’s 48th Annual Legal Symposium: Justin M. Klein and Keith Klein on “Basic Franchise Litigation: Frequently Arising Issues in Litigation”.
Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ 2015 CFA Day Forum (March 4, 2015) “Unique Legal Issues Facing Franchisees”.
37th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising: Justin M. Klein and Ronald T. Coleman on “Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses From a Litigator’s Perspective”.
Franchise Litigation Handbook (Dennis LaFiura and C. Griffith Towle, eds., 2010) Justin M. Klein co-authored with Robert T. Joseph, Chapter 5: Motions For Summary Judgment.
35th Annual ABA Forum On Franchising: Justin M. Klein and Arthur Pressman on “Strategy of Arbitration”.
33rd Annual ABA Forum On Franchising: Justin M. Klein and C. Griffith Towle on “Stop That Right Now- Preparing For and Winning Injunctions”.
2013 National Restaurant Show, Lecturer: Managing at the Margin: How Top Franchise Operators Plan to Manage Healthcare, Rising Taxes, Employee Issues and Higher Commodity Costs.