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Robert Zisk

Bob Zisk concentrates his practice on franchise and distribution and commercial litigation. 

Bob has extensive experience as a franchise litigator and counselor. For over thirty years, he has represented national franchisors in litigation with franchisees over issues of financial fraud, system standards, class actions, encroachment, trademark and trade dress infringement, and covenants not to compete. He specializes in addressing franchisee underreporting of sales, tax fraud, and related financial issues, both in and out of court. Bob has worked with major national franchisors to develop cutting edge programs to ensure the honest reporting of sales by franchisees and to address cases of intentional underreporting. He is a frequent speaker on this topic, and has presented programs at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium, and the National Restaurant Association’s Internal Auditors’ Group annual meeting, and to the top executives, legal staff, and auditors of national franchisors.

Bob has tried many cases in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. and has handled many appellate matters. In addition to the franchise matters that he handles, he has litigated cases involving breach of contract, real estate, corporate and insurance coverage issues, product liability, and personal injury.

Bob is a frequent speaker on franchise and litigation issues.

Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Honors

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Franchise, 2015–2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2010–2019
  • “Legal Eagle,” Franchise Times, 2014–2019
  • The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2008–2019
  • “Washington DC’s Best Lawyers,” The Washington Post, 2010
  • “Washington, DC Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • International Franchise Association

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