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Harris J. Chernow

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hchernow@regerlaw.com
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054

Harris J. Chernow, Chair of Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s national Franchise & Distribution Practice Group, and member of the Firm’s Entertainment, Hospitality & Sports Law Group, concentrates his practice on franchise and business matters. Mr. Chernow prides himself in taking a sincere interest in each and every client, big or small. He has developed a national franchise practice representing franchisors, franchisees and distributors of all industries, along with his corporate and business, retail development and leasing practices. Throughout his career, Mr. Chernow has been dedicated to providing comprehensive, practical, solution-oriented legal advice and franchise and business counseling by combining innovative thinking with a solid foundation in the law.

Mr. Chernow’s national franchise practice includes franchise transactions and dispute resolution matters, with an emphasis on franchising, licensing, distribution, corporate structuring and retail development. He represents leaders (and start-ups) in the franchising and retail distribution industries throughout the United States, and his clients include franchisors, single and multi-unit franchisee owners, area developers, master franchisees, franchisee associations, distributors and businesses desiring to expand through franchising and distribution systems.

Additionally, for more than 25 years, Mr. Chernow has represented businesses of all sizes, including hotel owners, financial service companies, manufacturers and service-oriented companies, as well as individuals in a wide range of legal matters, including general business matters, real estate, employment, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day counseling and dispute resolution.

Education

J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (1988)

B.B.A., Temple University Fox School of Business and Management (1985)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
New Jersey
U.S. District Court, District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising - Program Chair of the 30th Annual Forum on Franchising; Served as Finance Officer of the Forum on Franchising; Elected to Governing Committee as 1 of 11 from the ABA Forum; Governing Committee Liaison to Petroleum Marketing Group; Governing Committee Liaison to Solo/Small Firm Group; Governing Committee Liaison to Paralegal/Legal Administrators Group; Forum’s representative to the CPR National Franchise Mediation Program; Appointed to the Nominating Committees for the Board of Governors; Chair of the Forum’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Forum’s representative for the ABA’s Student Outreach Program; Appointed to Forum’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division; Annual Forum Program Liaison; Appointed to Forum’s Publications Committee; Publication Liaison for Covenants Against\Competition in Franchise Agreements (second edition); Publication Liaison for “Fundamentals of Franchising” (second edition), Appointed to the Nominating Committees for the Governing Committee

International Franchise Association - Legal Symposium Task Force Member; Speaker

Center for Public Resources Institute for Dispute Resolution - Distinguished Franchise Panel Neutral; Franchise Mediation Committee Member

American Association of Franchisees and Dealers - Past Chair of the Legal Education Subcommittee; Speaker at Annual Conventions and Forums

National Franchise Mediation Program - Steering Committee Member

American Franchisee Association - Speaker at Legal Symposia

New Jersey State Bar Association - Franchise Law Committee Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association - Franchise and Business Sections Member

Montgomery County Bar Association - Vice Chair of the Franchise Law Committee; Past Chair of the Franchise Law Committee

Philadelphia Bar Association - Franchise and Business Sections Member

Georgetown Law School Hotel & Lodging Summit Advisory & Planning Committee Member

Publications & Press Mentions
Author, I’m Ready to Turn My Business Into a Franchise. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert.
Author, I Want To Be A Franchisee – What Should I Do Next? Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert.
Featured, 2016 Top Laterals/New Partners. The Legal Intelligencer.
Featured, People in the NewsThe Philadelphia Inquirer
Featured, ABA Forum on Franchising’s publication, The Franchise Lawyer.
Featured, People in the News. The Legal Intelligencer
Chapter Co-Author, Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies (Second Edition). American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.
Author, The Internet Hits a Brick Wall. The Franchise Lawyer
Co-Author, Managing Franchise Relationships Through Mediation - Chapter: Franchise Mediation from the Trenches. CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Chapter Co-Author, Financial Performance Representations: The New and Updated Earnings Claims. American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.
Author, Franchise Resources. The Franchise Lawyer
Chapter Co-Author, Franchising 101, the Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business. The Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
Moderator, Fundamental Legal Aspects of Franchising. The Philadelphia Bar Association's 2017 Bench Bar Conference
Presenter, Franchise Law in 2017: What Every General Practitioner Should Know. The New Jersey State Bar Association
Presenter, Fundamentals of Franchising. ABA Forum on Franchising's Annual Forum on Franchising.
Moderator,  Permission or Forgiveness: Dealing with Brands and Brand Standards. Georgetown Law School Hotel & Lodging Summit.
Presenter, Franchise Law: From Soup to Donuts. The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Moderator, Due Diligence When Buying a Franchise System. The 2016 International Franchise Association's Annual Convention.
Panelist, Coaching Your Client through Buying a Business Opportunity. Philadelphia Bar Association.
Presenter, Addressing Today’s Important Issues in Franchised Hotel Systems, Both Operational and Contractual. Georgetown University Law Center’s 3rd Annual Hotel & Lodging Legal Summit
Presenter, Review and Negotiating Franchise Agreements, Parts 1 and 2. National State Bar Teleseminar
Presenter, Is That a Fair Deal? Best Practices for Negotiation of the Franchise Agreement. American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.
Presenter, Fundamentals of Franchising. American Bar Association’s 34th Annual Forum on Franchising.
Presenter, A Review of the Fundamentals and Annotated Bibliography of Helpful Resources. International Franchise Association’s 40th Annual Legal Symposium.
Presenter, How to Be an Effective Advocate in Mediation. American Bar Association’s 28th Annual Forum on Franchising.
Presenter, Total Quality Franchising. American Association of Franchisees and Dealers Annual Convention.
Presenter, International Franchise Association’s 41st Annual Conference.
Presenter, Franchising 101. Montgomery County Bar Association
Presenter, Franchising Your Business. Montgomery County Bar Association.
Presenter, Understanding Franchise and Distribution Law Issues. New Jersey State Bar Association
Presenter, The Legal Aspects of Franchising. New Jersey State Bar Association
Presenter, Update on Franchising Law and Practices. New Jersey State Bar Association
Presenter, Best Practices for Handling Defaults and Terminations. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium
Presenter, Termination Alternatives. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Presenter, Developing and Using Franchisee Associations and FACs. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Presenter, Ethics and Liability Concerns of Franchise Lawyers. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Roundtable Moderator, Multi-Unit Development Issues. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Roundtable Moderator, Dealing with Franchise Associations. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Roundtable Moderator, Technology Issues. International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention.
Presenter, Under Performing Franchisees. International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention.
Presenter, Negotiation in the Franchise Relationship. International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium.
Presenter, The Prevent Defense. International Franchise Association’s Florida Legal Roundtable.
Presenter, Reviewing and Negotiating Franchise Agreements (Parts 1 and 2). Professional Broadcast Education Network.
Presenter, A Practical Guide to Reviewing and Negotiating Franchise Agreements. National Constitution Center Audio Conference.
Presenter, Distribution Law. Lorman Educational Institute Seminar
Presenter, Type of Entity. Women’s Business Development Center
Presenter, Legal Aspects of Franchising. Delaware Franchise Showcase.
Presenter, National Association of Small Business Development Centers Conference
Presenter, Strategic and Tactical Decision Making. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Managing the Organization of a Franchise Association. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Road to Perdition: The Case Against Arbitration. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Negotiating a Franchise Agreement. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Anatomy of a Franchise Divorce. American Bar Association.
Presenter, Essentials of Franchising. Annual American Bar Association Meeting.
Civic & Charitable Associations
Temple University, Vice President of the Temple University Owl Club; Member of the Board of Directors of the Temple University Owl Club; Former President of the Temple University Owl Club; Member and Executive Committee Member of the Temple University Owl Club; Appointed Non-Voting Member of Trustee’s Committee on Student Affairs; Appointed to Trustee’s Task Force on Athletics; Appointed to Head Football Coach Selection Committee; Counsel for the Temple University Alumni Association 
Upper Dublin/Beth Masada B’nai B’rith Lodge, Former Vice President
Temple Sinai, Board Member and Legal Committee Chair
Honors & Awards (among others)
Included in the Who's Who Legal: Franchise 2015 List
Included in the Franchise Times list of Legal Eagles
Included in the list of Franchise Super Lawyers and Top 100 Attorneys by Franchise Times  
Selected as one of only three franchise lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and one of only 169 internationally, to be included in the list of International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
Received the Member of the Year award from the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
Included list of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Franchise Law
Included in the list of 50 on the Fast Track by the Pennsylvania Law Weekly
Included in the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Philadelphia Magazine
Rated as an AV Preeminent® attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
Recipient of the Temple University F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Inspiration Award
Included in the list of 2017 Franchise Legal Players by 1851 Magazine