Robert S. Burstein


Robert S. Burstein
office Philadelphia
phone 215-988-8313


Bob is Counsel in Wiggin and Dana's Philadelphia office, where he brings decades of experience with the business, regulatory, and transactional aspects of franchising and distribution.

Over his career, Bob has provided day-to-day business counseling and assisted clients in forming, developing, acquiring, and modifying franchise systems. He helps clients in complying with regulations; drafting franchise agreements, disclosure documents, and related materials; reviewing distribution arrangements for "hidden franchise" issues; negotiating transactions; and resolving disputes. Bob has assisted domestic franchisors with international market expansion, as well as foreign franchisors entering the U.S. market.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Bob worked at a firm in Boston, where he represented both mature and emerging growth companies in the areas of debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, licensing, and corporate governance. Bob has also worked as an in-house counsel for the franchisor of Subway® restaurants.

Bob received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year and Financial Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Bob earned his B.S. summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, and the varsity track and field team.


  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on Franchising


02.22.2017Philadelphia Beverage Tax - First Payment Was Due February 20, 2017
10.20.2016Philadelphia Beverage Tax Scheduled to Take Effect January 1, 2017
05.25.2016Defend Trade Secrets Act Presents Opportunity and Challenges to Franchisors
01.08.2015FTC Issues FAQ Advising Franchisors to Adhere to One Regulator's Item 19 Comments in All States
06.15.2012Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act - Amendment
03.01.2006Franchise and Distribution Frequently Asked Questions
12.16.2004Franchise Disclosure Rules Expected to Change—Time for Franchisors to Plan

Published Works

03.20.2017Cause of Action Alchemy: Little FTC Act Claims Based on Alleged Disclosure ViolationsFranchise Law Journal
12.01.2010The Franchise OptionStarting a New Business, PBI Institute
06.17.2009Licensing Against the Wave of Franchising -- Avoiding the Hidden or Inadvertent FranchiseThe Licensing Journal, May 2009, Vol 29, Number 5
08.07.2006Mad About 'You': Drafting Agreements to Do No HarmThis article was reprinted with permission from the July 18, 2006 issue of The Legal Intelligencer. ©2006 ALM Properties, Inc. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
05.01.2006Avoiding the 'accidental franchise'Reprinted from Hartford Business Journal, May 1, 2006
12.20.2005The Exception Becomes the StormThis article was reprinted with permission from the December 13, 2005 issue of The Legal Intelligencer. ©2005 ALM Properties, Inc. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.


office Philadelphia
phone 215-988-8313



  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1976, summa cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma


  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (District of Massachusetts)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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