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David J. Kaufmann

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in New York, NY

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP
767 Third Avenue, 30th floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-755-3100
Fax: 212-755-3174
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1977
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Franchise/Dealership (70%), Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

As senior partner and founding member of Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP, David J. Kaufmann is committed to representing clients in New York City, across the state of New York and around the country. He focuses his practice on handling cases that involve franchising and business litigation.

After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, State University of New York, Mr. Kaufmann went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1976.

As one of the country's foremost franchise attorneys, Mr. Kaufmann has represented a number of clients, including the following: Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Wok & Roll, 7-Eleven, Inc., Wendy's International, LLC, Taco Bell Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Pizza Hut, Inc., Jani-King International, Inc., The Museum of Modern Art, Marriott International, Inc., Enterprise Holdings, Inc., KFC Corporation, Ripley Entertainment Inc., Yum! Brands RSC and Weichert, Realtors.

With nearly 40 years of experience, Mr. Kaufmann regularly helps clients on financing projects, securitizations and acquisitions. While serving as New York's special deputy attorney general, he wrote the state's franchise statute. For his achievements, Mr. Kaufmann has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; Franchise Times named him one of its Legal Eagles; and he has been named in The Best Lawyers in America.**

A published author, Mr. Kaufmann is a franchise columnist for the New York Law Journal. He remains active in the legal community, holding memberships with the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the North American Securities Administrators Association.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

** The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
  • 70%Franchise/Dealership
  • 30%Business Litigation


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

About David J. Kaufmann

First Admitted: 1977, New York

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored the New York Franchise Act
  • New York Law Journal's Franchise Columnist
  • Authors the Franchise Practice Commentary appearing in McKinney's New York Statutes
  • Authored the International Franchise Association's treatise on franchise law, entitled An Introduction to the Law of Franchising

Bar/Professional Activity

  • NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association), Franchise Project Group, Advisor
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New York State Bar Association, Chair, Franchise Law Committee
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1977
  • American Bar Association Franchise Forum, Member, Governing Committee
  • New York, 1977


  • "Legal Eagle Hall of Fame"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, "Franchising-New York City"
  • Martindale-Hubbell: "AV Preeminent" ("Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards"), 1988
  • "New York Area Franchise Lawyer of the Year", New York Magazine

Representative Clients

  • KFC Corporation
  • YUM! Brands, Inc.
  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Wyndham Hotels & Resorts/Ramada Inns/Days Inns/Howard Johnson/Super 8/Travelodge)
  • Wok & Roll
  • Pizza Hut, Inc.
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc. (Enterprise, National and Alamo vehicle rental networks)
  • Jani-King, Inc.
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Taco Bell Corporation
  • Wendy's International, Inc.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group plc (Holiday Inns/Crowne Plaza/InterContinental Hotels/Hotel Indigo)
  • Weichert Realtors
  • Ripley's Attractions, Inc.

Educational Background

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, B.A. magna cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
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Office Location for David J. Kaufmann

767 Third Avenue
30th floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-755-3100

Fax: 212-755-3174

Last Updated: 12/21/2019

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