Home | Attorney Profile | MARIO L. HERMAN ESQ.

Sole Practitioner

  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
  • Phone: 202-686-2886,
    571-245-6248 (Cell)
  • Fax: 202-686-2879
  • Email:

Mr. Herman graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1983, and is a Member in Good Standing of the District of Columbia Bar, The American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section, and the Forum on Franchising Section, the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, and the International Association of Franchisees and Dealers.

Mr. Herman has lectured at the First Annual Franchise Conference held in Shanghai, China in October 1998. He has also lectured on Franchising Issues in San Jose, Costa Rica in September 2001, and with the ABA Forum on Franchising in Orlando, Florida in October 2005.

Mr. Herman has represented clients from over ten countries in various international trade matters (illegal subsidies, dumping, predatory pricing/antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices, and US Export Controls), along with various international franchisees in litigation/arbitration with their US or European based franchisors. In total, Mr. Herman has represented clients from over 150 franchise systems over his long national and international legal career spanning 33 years. He has also been an expert witness on franchise related matters.

Mr. Herman has appeared on CNN discussing franchise issues, and has been quoted repeatedly in the Wall Street Journal, and extensively in the Franchise Trade Press.

Mr. Herman is a solo practitioner specializing in franchisee matters. He has contributed articles on franchising in the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed on TV and the radio. Mr. Herman speaks Spanish, and has represented domestic and foreign franchisees from more than 150 different systems. Below is a representative list.

AAMCO, AIM, Allstate, All Tune & Lube, Anytime Fitness, Aqua Chill, Arandas Franchises, Baskin Robbins, Bevinco, Big Boys, Blind Visions, Bone Appetit, Budget Blinds, Butterfly Life, Cabowabo, Calayan Surgicentre, California Closets, Cash Now, CD Warehouse, Centennial Mortgage, Certa Pro Painters, ChemDry, Child’s Touch, Children’s Orchard, Choice Hotels, Christmas Decor, Cleanet, Closet Factory, Cocamoka, Coffee Beanery, ColbertBall Tax, Cold Stone Creamery, Color Tile, Comfort Keepers, Comfort Suites, Contours, Curves, Cottman, Decorating Den, Dennys, Dunkin Donuts, Dry Cleaning to your Door, Dog Development, Edible Arrangements, Embroidme,, Entrepreneur Source, ERA, Express Personnel Services, Fastframe, Fifaro’s Pizza, FireDex, Futurekids, Geeks on Call, General Business Services, Global Prevention Services, GNC, Golf Etc.of America, Gotcha Covered, Great Wraps, Gutter Shutter Company, Haagen-Dazs Shoppe, Handyman Connection, Happyhour, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hollywood Tans, Inches-a Way, Island Ink Jet, It’s Just Lunch, Jani-King, JerseyMikes Subs, Johnny’s NY Style Pizza and Subs, John Robert Powers, Junkking, Just A Buck, Kahala Brands, Kids Closet, Lady of America, Lazy-Boy, Le Pan Quotidian, Liberty Tax, Maintenance Made Simple, Mama Llardos, Management Recruiters, MarbleLife, Maui Waui, Maxcare, Mazzio’s Pizza, MBE-AUSTRALIA, MBE-CANADA, MBE-UK, MBE/UPS, McDonalds, Medicap Pharmacy, Medicine Shoppe Int’l, Mega Wraps, Minuteman Press, Molly Maid, Money Mailer, Morrones, Netscape, Nextwave Computers, Nick- N- Willy’s Pizza, Nite Time Decor, Nothing but Noodles, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Oxford Learning Centers, Packaging Store, Parcel Plus, PAWSCH, Pizzaboli, Pizza Pitt, Pillar to Post, Planet Beach, Plato’s Closet, Port City Java, Postal Annex, PostNet, Precision Door Service, ProntoWash USA, Putt Putt, Quality Inn, Quik Internet, Quiznos, Radiance, Rakotis International, RE-BATH, REMAX, Rescuecom, Right at Home, Rimowa, Rita’s, Robeks, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Rolly Polly, SAXBY’s, School of Rock, 7-11, Servicemaster Residential, Shepards Guide, Shred-It, Signal Graphics, Snap On Tools, Soccer Post, Speedy Sign-A-Rama, Sterling Optical, Street Eagle, Subway, Synergy Healthcare, Taco Bell, Tan World, TGI Friday’s, TOPZ, Tropical Smoothie, TutorDoctor, United Consumers Club/Total Home/DirectBuy, Vapianos, VoodDoo BBQ, Wild Noodles, WSI and Your Office USA.

Areas of Practice

  • Representation of Franchisees

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1983


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.B. – 1982
  • American University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. cum laude – 1978

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • International Association of Franchisees and Dealers, Member
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, Member
  • American Bar Association , International Law Section Member and Lecturer
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Member and Lecturer


  • Spanish
  • English
Mario L. Herman