Robert Zarco

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Miami, FL

Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, PA
 | 2 S. Biscayne Blvd., 34th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 888-488-3992
Fax: 305-374-5428
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Franchise/Dealership (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner of the Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A., law firm in Miami, Florida, attorney Robert Zarco provides unmatched advocacy and support to a diverse range of domestic and international clients with their legal issues involving franchising, trademarks, business law, real estate and more.

A renowned leader in franchise law, Mr. Zarco has lobbied extensively to promote and protect the rights and best interests of franchisees, helping to shape legislation regarding this legal area. In addition, he writes extensively and conducts lectures across the country and around the globe on a variety of legal topics related to franchise and business law, and he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, providing in-depth legal commentary on the issues that affect business leaders in the hospitality and dealership industries.

A 1980 graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Mr. Zarco gained invaluable business experience as a manager at General Motors while also attending Pace University Graduate School of Business. He then enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1985. Along with practicing in all of Florida's state and federal courts, he is also admitted to practice before numerous federal and appellate courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Zarco is a member of several professional legal organizations, including the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the American Franchisee Association and the American Bar Association Franchise Forum. He also supports his local community through his involvement with various civic and charitable organizations.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Zarco holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has won numerous other awards and honors, including the Deal Maker End of Year Annual Award for "Franchise Law" in 2013. In addition, The Best Lawyers in America has included him in its list of the top franchise law attorneys in the country for the past several years.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Franchise/Dealership (70%)

Business/Corporate (30%): Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Robert Zarco

Admitted: 1985, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • “South Florida’s Top Lawyers”, Miami Metro Magazine
  • “Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. as one of South Florida’s Top Law Firms”, South Florida Legal Guide
  • “The only Franchise Lawyer listed as one of “South Florida’s Top lawyers”, South Florida Legal Guide
  • “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”, Lexis Nexis
  • National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals 2005-2006 Edition
  • Top Attorneys in Florida, Florida Super Lawyers
  • “Top Franchisees and Automotive Dealerships Lawyer”, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Florida’s Top Lawyers – Franchise Law
  • “Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards”, Lexis Nexis
  • “Best Lawyers in Franchise” – South Florida’s Best Lawyers
  • “Top Franchise Lawyers” – The Best Lawyers in America
  • South Florida’s Top Lawyers, Miami Herald
  • AV Rating for Preeminent Lawyers, Lexis Nexis
  • Key Partners Award, South Florida Business Journal Magazine
  • “Top Lawyers in Franchise”, South Florida Legal Guide, 2009-2010
  • Most Effective Lawyers of South Florida- Real Estate
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • Top Attorneys in the Franchise Sector
  • Power Player, South Florida Business Leader Magazine
  • “Top Franchise Attorneys’ – Top Legal Minds in the Business”, Franchise Times
  • “High- Flying Franchise Attorneys”, Franchise Times Magazine
  • Top IMPACT Legal Leaders
  • Haute Lawyer- Commercial, Franchise & Trial Lawyer
  • Deal Maker End of Year “Franchise Law” – Annual Award, 2013
  • Florida Trend’s “Florida’s Legal Elite 2013″
  • Top Deal Maker of the Year – Real Estate
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Very Best U.S. Attorneys in Franchising 2013
  • Top Attorneys in Florida – “Franchise/Dealership Law”
  • Top Attorneys- Best in Class, Franchise Times
  • “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”, Lexis Nexis
  • “AV” Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1995-2015
  • The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2011-2015
  • Legal Eagle – Litigation, Franchise Times, 2008-2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers – 2006-2016
  • Best Lawyers of America – Franchise Law, 2013-2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Trial Bar Association
  • Dade Country Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Franchisee Association
  • American Bar Association Franchise Forum
  • American Bar Association
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Florida International University Graduation Commencement Speaker
  • Several committees for Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Delegate to White House Conference on Small Business
  • Affiliate of American Franchisee Association Member of Beacon Council
  • Board of Directors of Temple Menorah
  • City of Miami Beach Budget Advisory Committee
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital/Public Health Trust Governing Board of Trustees
  • University of Maryland Board of Trustees

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 2005, March 24-25. “Maximizing your Franchise Agreement”, 2005 AAHOA Annual Convention & Trade Show, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • The Sounds of Silence in the Franchise Agreement, co-author with Lawrence V. Ashe, Franchise Law Journal, vol. 19, no. 1, American Bar Association
  • Practical Aspects of Franchisee Representation Alternative Dispute Resolution: Which Method is Best for Your Client
  • Know Your Legal Rights.
  • 1999, Buyers. Risky Business: Pursuing the American Dream With A Franchise.: What to look for before you invest in a franchise system
  • 1999, August. Legal Aspects of Franchisees in the Lodging Sector
  • 1999, September. Ten of the Most Dangerous Contract Clauses Which May Be in Your Franchise Agreement
  • 1999, November. Part II of the Most Potentially Dangerous Contract Clauses in Your Franchise Agreement
  • 2000, January. Premises Liability– Is the Franchisor or Franchisee Responsible When a Guest is Injured on Hotel Property
  • 2000, February. The American with Disabilities Act–An Overview for Franchisees in the Lodging Sector
  • 2000, March. “Liquidated Damages Clauses – Do You Always Have to Pay?”
  • 2000, April. Alternatives in Resolving Franchisor– Franchisee Disputes— Part One: The Mediation Option
  • 2000, Convention. Fairness and Good Faith and McDonald’s Remodeling Requirements.
  • 2000, Fairness and Good Faith and McDonald’s Remodeling Requirements, Consortium Members Inc. Equity Forum, A Publication for McDonald’s Franchisees
  • 2000, April. “The Top Ten Issues Facing Hotel Counsel”
  • 2000, January. Five of the Most Dangerous Contract Clauses Which May Exist in Your Franchise Agreement
  • 2002, October 6. “The 10 Most Dangerous Contract Clauses In The Hardee’s Franchise Agreement”, The Hardee’s Convention, Miami, FL
  • 2002, October 19. “Franchising Today: Exploring New Markets & New Opportunities”, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2002, October 30. “Financial Management Of A Franchised Business And The Role Of The CPA”, The Cuban American CPA Association, Miami, FL
  • 2003, January 17. “The Ten Most Dangerous Provisions In A Franchise Agreement”, Florida Bar Franchise Seminar, Miami, FL
  • 2003, January 22. “Franchise Relationship Laws In US Territories”, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Franchising Today” Orientation Seminar, Caguas, Puerto Rico
  • 2003, April 9. “Franchising Today UFOC Night”, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Franchising Today”, Orientation Seminar, Orlando, FL
  • 2003, June 3. “Franchising Today UFOC Night”, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Franchise Today”, Orientation Seminar, New York, NY
  • 2003, June 12. Nova’s Fast Track MBA Training in Franchise Management – International Institute of Franchise Education, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • 2003, September 22. “Lawsuit Trends and Thoughts on Avoiding Litigation”, Multi-Unit Food Service Operators Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • 2004, January 22. “Hospitality Franchising Issues”, Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • 2004, August 6. “Benefits of a Franchise Association & Medicine Shoppe Franchise”, Pharmacy Franchise Owner Association, Anaheim, CA
  • 2004, September 8. “Getting the Most of the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationships”, Tennessee Hospitality Alliance Exposition with Tennessee Restaurant Association, Nashville, TN
  • 2004, November 5. “Understanding the UFOC and Franchise Laws”, Hampton Roads Franchise Roads Expo 2004, Hampton, VA
  • 2005, February 3-4. “Getting the Most Out of the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship”, 3rd Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, TX
  • 2006, February 9-12. “Investing in a Hotel Franchise”, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Dallas, TX
  • 2006, October 11-13. “The Practical Considerations on Litigation Franchise Disputes” ABA 29th Annual Forum on Franchising, Boston, MA
  • 2008, October. “Franchisees: Cutting Service & Quality Not the Answer During Challenging Times”
  • 2009, February. “Creative Strategies for Franchise Businesses to Navigate Challenging Economic Times”
  • 2009, March. “Guest satisfaction Still First Priority for hospitality Industry in Weathering Challenging Economic Times”
  • 2009, June. “Tips for the Franchisee In Pursuit of the American Dream”
  • 2009, May 30-31. “Tips for Franchisees in Pursuit of the American Dream”, Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 2009, October. “Franchise Litigation”, ABA Forum on Franchising, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2010, November. Lecture: University of Maryland
  • 2013, May 5-9. “Alternatives to Default: Managing Underperforming Franchisees”, 46th Annual IFA Legal Symposium
  • 2014, October 9-12. “Hawaii’s Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Act” , 55th Annual HADA Convention, Wailea, HI
  • 2014, October 15-17. “The 7 Most Significant Franchise Cases of all Time”, 37th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Seattle, WA
  • 2015, February 26. “Affordable Care Act – The Employer Mandate in Summary”, DDIFO District Member Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • 2015, March 24-25. The CFA, Washington, DC
  • 2015, September 21-22. “Joint- Employer: What it really Means for You and Franchisors”, 2015 DDIFO National Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015, October 8-11. “Legal implications of the recent National Labor Relations Board decision on franchisors, franchisees and franchising in general”, 56th Annual HADA convention, Maui, HI
  • 2015, December 14. “Launching into the World”, Florida International University Commencement Ceremony, Miami FL.
  • 2016, February 26. “Arbitration – An overview as to matters that should be considered by a practitioner when determining whether to arbitrate a case, as well as practice tips on effective ways to handle different aspects litigation.”, Bench & Bar Arbitration Panel Presentation, Miami, FL.
  • 2016, May 4. “NLRB Decision: Joint Employer”, 7-Eleven Franchisee National Coalition Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2016, November 10. “Where to Draw the Line – Is your Franchise Agreement an Unconscionable, Illusory Contract?”, 39th Annual ABA Forum on Franchising, Miami Beach, FL
  • 2017, February 24. “Alternative Fee Arrangements”, Inaugural Corporate Counsel Summit, Coral Gables, FL.

Educational Background:

  • Attended Pace University Graduate School of Business
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1980

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurants
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2 S. Biscayne Blvd.
34th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 888-488-3992

Fax: 305-374-5428

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Last Updated: 8/27/2018

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