Reger Rizzo & Darnall Expands Franchise & Distribution Practice With Addition of Two National Franchise Partners

Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new Partners to the Firm’s Philadelphia, PA office, Harris J. Chernow and Steven Kapustin.

Harris J. Chernow will chair Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s national Franchise & Distribution Practice Group, and will join members of the Firm’s Entertainment, Hospitality & Sports Law Group in the Firm’s Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. In this capacity, Mr. Chernow will concentrate his practice on franchise and business matters, having 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.

Steven Kapustin is able to provide his clients with more than 40 years of commercial litigation experience, having participated in all phases of litigation in over 20 jurisdictions. Mr. Kapustin has represented petroleum refiners and marketers, distributors, franchisors and franchisees, real estate developers, business owners, securities firms, investors, automobile dealers, as well as individual professionals.

Mr. Kapustin has represented franchisors and franchisees in disputes relating to territories, franchisee fees, trademarks violations and adherence to standards; manufacturers and distributors in controversies involving antitrust violations, pricing, commissions and terminations; shareholders and investment houses in matters relating to disclosures, investment suitabilities and broker terminations; employers and employees in termination, restrictive covenant, and age and sexual discrimination cases; business owners in shareholder disputes; and companies and individuals who are the subject of civil investigations by state and federal governments. He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for more than 35 years.