David L. Steinberg

David L. Steinberg of David L. Steinberg, P.C. has formed an Of Counsel relationship with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. Mr. Steinberg is an expert in the field of franchise law specializing in development of start-up franchise systems and distributorships, licensing, registration, litigation and arbitration of franchise disputes. He has formerly served as General Counsel to a publicly held franchise company and regularly advises franchisors and franchisees throughout the United States. David was recently certified from The International Franchise Association as a Certified Franchise Executive.

David graduated from the University of Michigan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Communications and earned his Juris Doctor Law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1980 where he served as Article and Book Review Editor of the Law Review. In 1982, Mr. Steinberg obtained his Masters degree in International Trade Regulation from the Georgetown University Law School.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • California

Honors & Awards

  • Franchise Times Magazine "Legal Eagle" Franchise Lawyer for 2016
  • dBusiness Metro Detroit's Top Franchise Lawyer, 2010- 2016

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Appointed to the Social Media Task Force of the Franchise Relations Committee of the International Franchise Association, 2013
  • Appointed to the Acquisition Task Force of the Franchise Relations Committee of the International Franchise Association
  • Appointed to the Franchise Relations Committee of the International Franchise Association, 2013-present
  • Member of State Bars of Michigan and California
  • American Bar Association, Anti-Trust Section
  • American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising
  • Director - Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce 2005-2008
  • Director - Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation of Youth and Families 2004-2009, President 2009
  • Board Member - University of Michigan Board of Student Publications, 2011 - 2014
  • Board Member - Walled Lake Schools Foundation for Excellence, 2001 to present

Published Works

  • "Uncertainty Abounds. The Joint Employer Doctrine and the Franchise Business Model", Michigan Bar Journal (May, 2017)
  • "The Accidental Franchise", Michigan Bar Journal, December, 2014
  • "EB-5 Investor Program Offers Source of Funding for Franchises", ABA Forum on Franchising, November 14, 2014
  • "What Do You Mean I Can't Renew?", The Franchise Lawyer, Summer 2013
  • "Contrasting Perspectives on Franchise Terminations: The Franchisee's Perspective," Lederman and Steinberg, Michigan Bar Journal, December, 2012
  • Panelist, 2009 ABA Forum Committee on Franchising: "Inside a Franchise Arbitration."
  • Co-author, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," Franchise Law Journal, Summer, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, Direct Selling Association, Washington, D.C. (February, 2004)
  • Program Host, "Legal Talk, "Franchise Focus, and "Its Your Business," Comcast Cable, 1995-2001
  • Contributor, Los Angles Daily Law Journal, 1990
  • May and Steinberg, "Great Expectation for Franchising: The 1984 Amendments to the Michigan Franchise Investment Law," Michigan Bar Journal, January 1984
  • "Application of the Antitrust and Labor Exemptions to Collective Bargaining of the Reserve System in Professional Baseball," Wayne Law Review, vol. 28, p. 1301, 1982
  • "The Role of Section 2 of the Sherman Act in International Patent Fraud: Walk Tall and Carry a Big Stick,Washington University Law Review, vol. 59, p. 123, 1981
  • "The National Hockey League Reserve System: A Restraint of Trade?" Comment, University of Detroit Urban Law Review, 1979