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Michael Einbinder
Michael Einbinder is a founding member of Einbinder Dunn & Goniea and has been practicing law since 1981. Throughout his 35 years of practice, he has handled complex commercial cases in state and federal courts representing businesses and industries throughout the country. For franchisee clients, he has litigated an array of claims, including those relating to franchise disclosure violations, franchise relationship laws, fraud, misuse of advertising funds, breaches of franchise agreements, non- competition issues and franchise terminations.
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Ronald Gardner
Ronald K. Gardner is the managing partner of Dady and Gardner, P.A. His practice is limited to representing franchisees, associations, dealer/distributors in disputes with their franchisors and manufacturers. Gardner is a past chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising and serves on the Franchise Advisory Counsel of the North American Securities Administrators Association. Gardner is also an author and lecturers on topics related to franchise/distribution law, listed as a Best Lawyer in America, one Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as “the premier franchisee lawyer” in America.
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Justin Klein
Justin M. Klein is considered one of the leading franchise and business attorneys in the United States. Chambers USA describes Justin as: “a very passionate lawyer”, “very strong, savvy and efficient”, “a big picture guy”. He is one of only 138 lawyers from throughout the United States and 323 attorneys worldwide named to the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is recognized as a ‘Legal Eagle’, one of the nation’s leading franchise attorneys, by the Franchise Times, and has been designated a New Leader of the Bar, one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 years of age by the New Jersey Law Journal.
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Robert Zarco
Robert Zarco is the founding partner of the boutique law firm of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. He has earned international recognition as an excellent and experienced trial and business lawyer in the areas of franchise, hospitality, dealership, trademark, commercial and real estate law. Zarco has been recognized as a renowned legal expert in franchise law by many federal and state courts and various state legislatures. He actively lobbies both federal and state congressmen, representing the franchisees’ interests and promoting the enactment of “Fair Franchising” legislation.
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Keith Miller

Keith Miller and his wife have been Subway franchisees for 28 years in Auburn and Grass Valley, California. In 1997, they were honored as Franchisees of the Year at Subway’s annual convention.

Through the mid-1990’s, Keith served on the Subway Franchise Owners Advisory Council. He was active in the formation of an independent association, the North American Association of Subway Franchisees, or NAASF, serving on the interim board in 1999, and as the association’s first chairman in 2000 and 2001. He returned to serve two more terms on the NAASF board from 2005 to 2010.

NAASF was one of the founding members of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in 2007, and Keith started representing NAASF on the CFA board in 2009. In 2011, Keith served as CFA treasurer, and in 2012 was elected chairman of CFA. He continues to serve as chair of CFA, which is the largest franchisee-only representative organization in the country.

Keith and Karen have two great daughters, Kristen and Julie, who both graduated college in 2013, and are starting on their careers. Kristen lives close by in Auburn, teaches Physical Education in the Rocklin School District, and was recently engaged. Julie recently moved to Spokane, Washington, and is a paramedic. When not representing franchisees, Keith loves to sneak out for a round of golf, but this has suffered greatly the past few years.

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Palmer Schoening
Palmer Schoening is president of Schoening Strategies, LLC, a government affairs and economic consulting firm that advises associations and family businesses on tax policy. Palmer is the founder and chairman of the Family Business Coalition. Palmer has been a key player in the fight to repeal the federal estate tax and helped to usher in repeal of state transfer taxes in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina. Palmer is a graduate of Hillsdale College and George Mason University’s School of Public Policy where he earned his Master’s in financial economics.
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Stephanie Badger

Stephanie Badger is Senior Director at The Nickles Group. She leads the firm’s financial services practice while also assisting clients on legislative and regulatory issues relating to health care, intellectual property, budget, energy and education. Stephanie works closely with client coalitions, building groups that share a common interest and leveraging their collective advocacy strength to make an impact.

For more than five years, she has provided strategic counsel to a broad coalition successfully fighting unfair debit and credit card fees. Additionally, she was instrumental in the creation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth assisting with member recruitment and organizational duties. Stephanie’s previous experience includes research analysis and legislative assistance for a range of clients, including AT&T, Wal-Mart, Comcast and Cleveland Clinic among others.

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Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein is the founding partner of the Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC, based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Goldstein is recognized as one of the top franchise and dealership litigators in the country. Jeff represents clients in commercial complex litigation matters, including wrongful franchise terminations, antitrust violations, encroachment, and RICO and fraud cases. In addition to his active practice as a trial lawyer, Jeff also represents clients in appeals in state and federal courts as well as counsels and advises clients in franchise and distribution matters.
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Chirag Shah
Chirag Shah is AAHOA's Vice President for Government Affairs and manages AAHOA's office in Washington, D.C. The Government Affairs Department is responsible for organizing advocacy efforts on behalf of, and in participation with hoteliers, on the federal, state and local levels. Previously, Chirag served as a deputy director and legal advisor at the Republican National Committee, the campaign manager for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and on the staff of U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02). Chirag earned his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri.
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