A.Y. Strauss is headquartered at 101 Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland — Courtesy: Diversified Management Plus
By Joshua Burd
A.Y. Strauss has announced the addition of a new partner in its franchise group.
The boutique law firm, which is based in Roseland, said Stephanie J. Blumstein joins its team from a prominent practice in New York City. She provides counsel to prospective franchisees and veteran franchise operators on a wide range of issues, with litigation experience that includes matters involving breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, trademark and trade name infringement, fraud claims and business competition torts.
Additionally, Blumstein advises clients through the franchise purchase process, including the review of franchise disclosure documents, the negotiation of franchise and area development agreements, lease negotiations and sales and transfers, A.Y. Strauss said.
“Stephanie’s skillset and breadth of litigation experience adds tremendous depth to our growing franchise practice group,” said Aaron Y. Strauss, the firm’s managing partner. “We’re very excited to welcome her aboard.”
Blumstein bolsters a key practice area for A.Y. Strauss, which also focuses on commercial transactions and litigation in the areas of real estate, construction contracting, bankruptcy and labor and employment. She earned her J.D. from Boston University Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University, while she is an active member of regional and national professional groups focused on franchise law, including the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association.
“I am thrilled to welcome Stephanie to the team,” said Marisa Rauchway, chair of the firm’s franchise group. “As a veteran of the national franchise community, her broad legal talents and deep industry knowledge will add immediate value to both existing and future clients of our practice.”
The firm added that Blumstein was recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of franchise law and has been named to the annual Legal Eagles list of the best lawyers in the franchise industry by Franchise Times magazine since 2020.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team of talented professionals at A.Y. Strauss,” said Stephanie. “My franchise and business clients will benefit tremendously by gaining access to the broad range of legal services that A.Y. Strauss can provide. I look forward to working with Aaron and Marisa as we continue to grow the firm’s franchise group.”