Rashad practices a blend of business litigation and corporate transactional work, with an emphasis on franchise and distribution and state and federal franchise law compliance. He represents both franchisors and franchisees in all aspects of a franchise relationship, from initial negotiations and contract formation to the winding down or termination of a franchise agreement. He also represents franchisors in the enforcement of post-term covenants not to compete, trademark protection, and other injunctive relief.
Rashad provides full-service franchise legal compliance programs that include the structuring, registration and updating of franchise disclosure documents throughout the United States. He prepares all required federal and state-specific disclosure provisions and drafts all contracts necessary to establish, protect, and enforce franchised business relationships. He also maintains the on-going disclosure, reporting and registration renewal needs of clients in strict compliance with all the federal and state laws that govern their franchise, distributor and dealer relationships.
Rashad has litigated on behalf of franchise clients in various forums, ranging from mediations and company specific in-house arbitration proceedings, to the more traditional state and federal court actions – including the Florida Supreme Court. He also regularly councils franchises and other corporate clients on transactional matters, such as shareholder and operating agreements, asset purchases and divestitures, commercial leases, franchise sales, and licensing agreements, among others. Rashad’s blended corporate and litigation practice provides him with strategic insight into how courts review key terms and provisions within franchise documents. This allows him to provide added value to clients at the front-end of their business relationships and avoid costly, potentially debilitating litigation in the future.
Rashad is active in the legal community as well, having served on the Board of Directors for the Dade County Bar Association, and being a member of both the ABA and Florida Bar Young Lawyers Divisions. He is admitted to practice law before Florida and New York state courts, in addition to the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
Rashad received his A.B. in Public & Private Sector Organizations from Brown University, where he also was a member of the 2005 Ivy League champion Brown football team. He later received his Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Securities and Financial Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, he interned at the headquarters of the Securities & Exchange Commission where he assisted in financial investigations of global conglomerate companies.