David S. Paris

David S. Paris is one of the founding members of Paris Ackerman & Schmierer LLP. David focuses his practice on providing legal counsel to business owners, with a focus on franchising, distribution and licensing.

David represents franchisees, dealers and distributors in connection with complex business transactions. David specializes in handling acquisitions and sales of multi-unit franchise networks. He advises franchisees on matters involving internal transfers of interest, asset, stock and membership interest transfers, 1031 like-kind exchanges, the creation and implementation of corporate infrastructure, protection of intellectual property and entity dissolutions. David also counsels clients in connection with franchise financing, providing creative ideas, identifying unique financing sources, and developing the financial tools necessary for their growth and development. Each year, David handles tens of millions of dollars in franchise acquisition, remodel, and debt-restructuring financing transactions.

David also represent franchisees, dealers and distributors in disputes arising from all aspects of their relationships with their respective franchisors, manufacturers and suppliers. In that capacity, David has litigated matters involving restrictive covenants, wrongful termination, encroachment, fraud and other unfair business practices. David counsels clients in numerous states across the country, from systems including: Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins. Quiznos, Subway, Hollywood Tans, Wendy's, Ramada Hotels, Super 8 Hotels, Pearle Vision, Days Inn Hotels, Gymboree, Jersey Mike's Subs, Emack & Bolio's, Cold Stone Creamery, Friendly's, Valspar, Checkers, International House of Pancakes, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries, Faces 365, Rainbow Academy, Pita Pit, I-9 Sports, Muscle Maker Grill, Retro Fitness, Minuteman Press, Century 21, ERA, Verizon Wireless, Jimmy Johns, Pappa John's, Mathnasium, The Joint, Learning Express, Bricks for Kids, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Smashburger, Burger King, The Bar Method, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, Little Caesar's, Jackson Lewis, Yo Fresh, and Haagen Dasz.

In 2014, the Franchise Times recognized David as one of the top 100 franchise attorneys in North America for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Franchise Time recognized David and his firm as 2014 Deal Makers of the Year. David also serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Association of Franchise Operators, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Dunkin' Donuts Independent Franchise Owners Association ("DDIFO").

David also counsels established franchise system and emerging companies seeking to expand their businesses through franchising, distribution and licensing. Representative clients include Gravity Vault, Lawn Doctor, Fresh-U, the Meat House, the Athlete's Foot, Tiff's Casual Grill & Bar, Gym on Wheels, Magic Garage Cleaners, Dancer's Pointe, and Acting-A-Part.

David also represents a large number of privately held companies, which he advises on matters involving corporate financing and complex commercial transactional. David's corporate client base spans a broad spectrum of industries, including: private equity companies, media companies, real estate companies, bars & restaurants, investment funds, professional employer organizations and beverage manufacturers & distributors.

David earned his J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where he was a member of the Journal of Gender and the Law. David also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Alfred J. Lechner, U.S.D.J. After graduating law school, Mr. Paris was an attorney in the New York office of Gibbons, P.C.

David is currently licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and admitted to practice before the courts of the District of New Jersey, The Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Northern District of New York, the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Michigan and the District of Colorado. David is a member of the New York Bar Association, where he sits on the Franchise Law Committee and Commercial and is a member of Federal and Commercial Litigation Section. David is also a member of the New Jersey Bar Association Franchise Committee and the New Jersey Restaurant Association.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation / Transactions
  • Franchise Law / Distribution & Licensing


  • University of Maryland, B.S. Finance
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctor; member "Journal of Gender and the Law"


  • The State of New York
  • The State of New Jersey
  • The District of New Jersey
  • The Eastern District of New York
  • The Southern District of New York
  • The Northern District of New York
  • The Northern District of Illinois
  • The Eastern District of Michigan
  • The District of Colorado

Memberships / Affiliations

  • Member New York Bar Association, Business Law Section and Franchise Law Committee
  • Member New Jersey Bar Association, Franchise Committee
  • Member Essex County Bar Association
  • Member New Jersey Restaurant Association
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