Steven Kapustin, Partner in Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Philadelphia office, has represented petroleum refineries and marketers, distributors, franchisors and franchisees, real estate developers, business owners, securities firms, investors, automobile dealers, and individual professionals. Mr. 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 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.
Mr. Kapustin possesses a keen understanding of the intricate laws regarding specialty franchises, such as gasoline dealers being subject to the federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and automobile and agricultural equipment dealers being subject to state regulations. He also brings to the firm his extensive experience in successor liability cases, where it is alleged that entities are hiding assets by illegitimate corporate or personal transfers.
Mr. Kapustin has lectured before professional associations, accountant’s groups, and local and state bar associations on franchise, trial examination and ethics issues. He is a state-certified mediator and has served as an arbitrator and mediator for 35 years, both through the courts, American Arbitration Association and privately regarding a variety of commercial issues, mostly relating to franchise relationship issues, business dissolutions and employment disputes.
J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (1972)
A.B., University of Pennsylvania (1968)
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
American Bar Association’s Forum On Franchising
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Petroleum Marketing Committee Member
Montgomery County Bar Association - Franchise Law and Federal Courts Committee Member
Montgomery County Bar Association, Law & Liberty Lecture