Mediator, Arbitrator, Expert Witness, Franchisor Advisory Board Member
Frank Zaid FRANlegal Support Services
During his 40 year career as a lawyer and senior partner at a major Canadian national law firm Frank’s business law practice was concentrated in franchise law. He was involved with over 400 franchise systems. Frank was consistently ranked as the most frequently recommended franchise lawyer in Canada and among the most highly regarded international franchise lawyers. He served as Special and General Counsel of the Canadian Franchise Association, Chair of the Supplier Forum of the International Franchise Association, and the first Chair of the Franchise Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He was the initial recipient of the CFA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Frank was a Co-Chair of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Commercial Law Strategy franchise law committee which prepared a model Uniform Franchises Act and regulations adopted by the ULCC in August 2005 and substantially followed by several provinces. Frank has written, spoken and been interviewed for many publications and at numerous conferences and media events on domestic and international franchising and particularly, in recent years, on mediation and arbitration of franchise disputes. He has served on the franchisor advisory boards of several leading franchise companies as well as the boards and executive committees of the CFA and the IFA. Since his retirement from active law practice at the end of 2012, he has transformed his unique business and legal experience in franchising into several support service functions through his company, Frank Zaid FRANlegal Support Services (www.frankzaid.com); franchise mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers in Toronto (www.adrchambers.com); member of the board of directors or advisory boards of franchise companies; expert witness in franchise litigation cases; independent franchise system ombudsman; and, profile speaker/writer at franchise conferences or conventions.